Maryam Ovissi

Washington, DC

Maryam Ovissi is a certified Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapist and Yoga Teacher. Her personal mission as an educator is to provide an opportunity for her students to have access to tools that allow healing, empowerment, and self-realization. Maryam founded Beloved Yoga: A Sanctuary for All, located in Reston, VA, to share the original teachings of yoga with reverence, integrity, and accessibility for the community at large, locally and internationally.

Maryam published Care of the Whole Self: Yoga-Inspired Practices for Befriending the Self in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Before that, she wrote Pilgrimage through Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras: Guidebook for Yoga Travelers. Her other writing can be found in publications such as Yoga Therapy Today, World Medical & Health Policy, the American Institute for Cancer Research, and Yogi Times.

Maryam’s commitment to service and public well-being is the guiding light in all her work. Growing up with a renowned international Iranian modern artist such as her father, Nasser Ovissi, immersed her in the sea of reverence for art and creativity. She serves on the board of the Tephra: Institute of Contemporary Art and also makes time to explore creativity in her own life through writing poetry and mark-making. As an appointed advisory board member to Southgate Community Center and George Mason’s Gender and Policy Center, she is grateful

to be involved in meaningful ways to support the underserved and consider initiatives that activate collective thinking

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