Marlie McGovern, E-RYT, MA, is an author and teacher of meditative and somatic practices integrating the wisdom traditions of yoga and Buddhism with insights from contemplative psychotherapy. She is currently completing her first book on working with the mind through the body in restorative yoga.
Her fascination with the capacities and mysteries of the human mind, body, and spirit began in girlhood, when through her grandfather’s example she witnessed the beauty of contemplation and the splendor of a rich inner life. This early glimpse of myth, metaphor, and multi-sensory embodied experience as keys to internal discovery and insight continues to inspire her.
Marlie's teaching and writing is informed by a degree in cultural anthropology, five years of intensive training and collaboration with Dr. Joe Loizzo, Dr. Emily Wolf, and Dr. Miles Neale in contemplative psychotherapy and Buddhist meditation, yoga teaching certifications from pioneering yoginis Cyndi Lee and Judith Hanson Lasater, eighteen years of psychoanalytic education, and ten years of teaching experience.
Specializing in restorative yoga and meditation, she created and leads independent restorative yoga teacher trainings and meditation teacher trainings for physicians, therapists, yoga teachers, and educators across diverse professions. With Nalanda Institute, The Path, and Pure Yoga, Marlie has co-created and co-taught five 100-hour teacher trainings in meditation and in yoga psychology in New York City.
Marlie is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing and Poetics at Naropa University, furthering her scholarship of experiential, process-orientated learning and explorations of mind. With dear friends and colleagues Dr. Rosanne Limoncelli and Dr. Maureen Burgess, she co-teaches workshops on the intersections of writing, thinking, and somatic awareness. She also leads workshops and classes for cultural institutions, such as Tibet House U.S., The Rubin Museum, and New York University.
After eighteen meaningful years in New York City, Marlie and her partner Erin realized a shared dream of a greater connection to nature by moving to the vast sky and wild mountains of Boulder, Colorado. This lifestyle transition is a deepening of integrated practice—partnership, environment, contemplation—and the foundation for what is to come next in her writing, thinking, and teaching.