Marielle Ebersol is a yoga instructor based out of Venice, California. She grew up in the hills of Cornwall, Connecticut and made her way out to Los Angeles in the fall of 2009 to pursue a career of acting. After a few years of pursuing that career and working lots of jobs in many different fields, Marielle found her true calling in the teaching of yoga and has now been teaching for the last three and a half years. In January of 2013 she began a journey of practicing yoga every single day which eventually lead to doing a teacher training and discovering her voice and her love of teaching. This coming January 1st will mark 5 years of practicing yoga every day. It has changed everything. Marielle teaches locally at The Yoga Collective in Venice and at a few companies throughout the city.
What do I do best?
I am a really great listener. In the past I have been the one to talk someone’s ear off and over time I realized how much that bothered people. I started to really work on it and it will always be something that I continue to work on. I ask questions about the person I am in a conversation with and I strive to be as present as possible with their answers. Trying my best not to be thinking about what I am going to say while someone else is speaking and instead really hearing them out. After having worked so hard on it myself I have really been able to notice when someone is really listening when I speak. And recognizing how hurtful it is when that person clearly isn’t listening. It makes me strive to do better and to listen more. It is a constant practice.
What makes me the best version of myself?
Trusting my instincts and taking everything one step at a time. Trusting the process entirely. When I was younger I would look into the future and get really nervous. I would think about all of the things that had yet to happen and all of the things that I felt like I needed to do and it would wear me down. I began to learn that all we have control of is the moment that we are in right now. Looking into the future and coming up with all of the potential situations will only stall your present. Looking into the future can be a wonderful thing when you are open to the magic of the unknown. And that is how I look at it now. I am clear with where I am right here and right now and I am excited to see what is yet to come.
What are my aspirations?
I would love to travel more. And second to that I would love to lead a yoga retreat to New Zealand. Maybe even once a year? I have been busy growing my community over the last three and a half years and I know the time is soon to jump and find my wings as I do. I am nervous to do it but I know that means that I need to. I lived in Christchurch, New Zealand for 5 months during college and I have been dying to go back ever since I left TEN years ago! This coming February 14th marks the day I flew there in 2008 and I am ready to go back. My dream place to host a retreat is at Aro Ha just outside of Queenstown and I’m putting it down on paper to manifest it into fruition.
My Biggest Success?
Becoming a yoga teacher. When I was twelve I told everyone in my life that would listen that I wanted to become an actress. I spent a lot of my time in boarding school in the theater acting or working backstage and did the same in college. After college I drove across the country from Connecticut to Los Angeles, California with my father to pursue that very same dream. I slowly started to discover that I was spending far more of my time at the yoga studio than pursuing the world of acting. At the end of 2012 I was in a funk and I couldn’t get out of it. So I decided to try something. On January 1, 2013 I went to yoga and I promised myself that for 30 days I would get myself to a class and onto my mat. After thirty days I wanted to keep going, so I did. Fast forward a little over a year later and I decided to do a teacher training. My parents had started to bring up the topic of acting and was it really what made me happy. There was a very tiny voice screaming inside that acting was doing the opposite of making me happy and I was so afraid to even listen to that voice. But I slowly started to listen. I signed up for teacher training and decided to let acting go and see where the teacher training would lead me.
For much of my life people would tell me how I would make an incredible teacher. But I always said, no, that’s my mom. She’s an incredible Montessori teacher and I never thought I could do what she does. When people said teacher I immediately thought of the kind of teacher my mom is and how wonderful she is. Students from 30 years ago will recognize her from when she taught them at age 5 and they will go on and on about how much they loved her. I didn’t think I could do that. But then I started my training and I discovered my voice. I discovered that I absolutely love to teach a room full of yogis. I love providing a safe space for people to move and breathe in. From the moment I decided to teach I felt a big weight lift off of my shoulders and I am so grateful for every single step that lead me to this place. What a journey. This coming January 1st will be 5 years of practicing yoga every single day and it is incredible to look back on all of the things I have learned in the process.
My Most Challenging Moment?
My most challenging moment was that moment where I could have buried the voice that was telling me to no longer pursue a career of acting. I could have ignored that voice and kept doing what I was doing. I had been telling those around me for so long that all I ever wanted to do was act. There was no second career if that one failed, it was simply the end all be all. I am so glad I decided to listen to that voice and make a change for the better.
One step at a time. I used to worry so much about what came next and then I started to focus on the present and what I could control. The only moment we can control is the one we are in right now. I try to be as present as possible and be a witness to my breath.
My Favorite People/Role Models?
My parents. I have always been incredibly close with my parents and I am so lucky to have the relationship that I have with each of them. I am inspired by how hard they work and how much they love. They have been together for 36 years and their relationship has always inspired me.
My Favorite Places/Destinations?
My favorite places are New Zealand and Martha’s Vineyard. Two very different places half a world away from each other. New Zealand became a very important place for me when I studied there abroad in college in 2008 and I always remember being the happiest I had ever been during the 5 months I was there. I went with a study abroad group and I didn’t know a soul. I chose to stay with a host family which was the very best decision I could have made. I was the only American in the city that lived with a family and I was so lucky. I had two wonderful parents, Marg and Trevor, who still live there and I cannot wait to go back to visit them. I made the best friends I could have hoped for and traveled around the south island every single chance I could. The people of New Zealand are the nicest. You can ask someone for directions and they will personally show you the way. I cannot wait to go back!
Martha’s Vineyard has been a very special place for me since the age of 2 when my parents first started to go there. We belong to a co-op in Chilmark that is outside of the busyness of the few little towns of the island and it is so serene. There are about 30 members that belong to Barn House and we all choose when to come during the summer months. There are people that I have grown up with and have only seen summer after summer and it will always hold a special place in my heart. We stay in little cabins throughout the property and we eat together in a big barn. In the morning we have chores after breakfast to keep the property in working shape and the rest of the day is spent at Lucy Vincent Beach just across the street or on the hammock reading a good book. I always bring a pile of books with me each summer and I am asleep before 9. It is the best.
My Favorite Products/Objects?
I love lululemon to both teach and practice in. I have pants from many other brands but almost every time I reach into my closet I reach for lululemon. The align pants are my favorite because they stay on your body just as you put them on. While other brands will slide down and move around on you, these will not. The free to be wild bra is hands down my favorite bra. My manduka black pro yoga mat is also one of my favorites. I’ve had it for at least 6 years and it only gets better with age.
My Current Passions?
I love creating a safe space for people to come together and practice in. Wherever I teach I make sure that my students know that it is their space. I allow them to make their practice as gentle or challenging as they need. We all come onto our mats for different reasons and every single day is different. No one person can tell another how they are feeling. You are the only person that knows how you are feeling at any point in time and your practice is yours alone. I remind students of this throughout their practice. I encourage them to create space with each and every breath that they take.