Restore Yoga offers vinyasa and restorative yoga classes at Second Story Studio. Mary Thorstad, principle of Restore Yoga, has practiced yoga for 25 years. As a physical therapist, she gives expert attention to proper alignment and form, safely guiding students to explore the limits of their flexibility and strength. Aside from her technical expertise, Mary is a kind and gentle soul.

Mary's introduction to yoga came through exploring forms of contemplative practice. She found yoga to be a  healing practice, surpassing the benefits of traditional physical and  therapeutic exercise. Her asana practice began with Iyengar yoga. More recently, Mary completed in-depth yoga teacher training with Ganga White, founder of one of the first yoga studios in LA, and Tracey Rich of White Lotus Foundation. White Lotus teaches a non-dogmatic synthesis of classical and contemporary techniques drawing from the best of evidence-based practice. Mary enjoys sharing her love of  yoga in small community classes at Second Story Studio and in private home sessions.