Upward-Facing Doc: Meet St. Mary’s yoga guru | Sponsored

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SCL Health St. Mary’s doctor Marie Collier, can tell you as a 17-year-old high school student bagging groceries at a Knoxville, Tennessee market, she faced an uncertain future. “I had no idea of what I wanted to do with my life,” she says. “I was just drifting along with no clear direction.”

Then a family of Sikhs began shopping at her store, and Marie was intrigued. “They bought different kinds of foods, dressed all in white and had a uniquely peaceful quality about them, so I reached out to them and began building a friendship.”

Her new Sikh friends invited her to visit their Ashram in Knoxville, where she was introduced to the discipline of Kundalini Yoga, a system of meditation directed toward the release of kundalini energy, a form of primal energy said to be located at the base of the spine. “That first exposure to yoga changed the trajectory of my life,” Marie says. “I could see that at the heart of it, yoga is about personal transformation. I began studying Kundalini and found an outlet in yoga that gave me purpose and direction.”

After graduating from high school, Marie moved to Espanola, New Mexico to study for three months under Yogi Bhajan, the Pakistan-born guru who introduced Kundalini Yoga to the United States. After a short stint in art school, she decided to travel the world, ending up in India where she continued her studies in the practice of yoga. “The deeper I delved into yoga, the more focused and meaningful my life became,” she says. “I learned the power of meditation to promote mind-body awareness, which profoundly influenced my values, relationships, and the way I lived my life.”

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