Mary Thorstad, founder of restore + YOGA has practiced yoga for 25 years. With her experience as a physical therapist she brings expert attention to proper alignment and form,  safely guiding students to explore the limits of their flexibility and strength. Mary is an experienced practitioner of neuromuscular training; as a PhD trained neurophysiologist, she bases her practice on effective scientific principles. Aside from her technical skill, Mary is a kind and gentle soul, who enjoys sharing her love of Yoga.

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. Mary designs her classes based upon the needs of students in small group classes at Second Story Studio and in private home sessions.