The Rasa Center for Yoga and Wellness
According to owner Mariane Corallo, the quintessential character of Rasa Center for Yoga & Wellness, with studios in both Medford and Ashland, is “based upon the understanding of the Sanskrit word ‘rasa,’ which is rich with expressive meanings, such as taste, nectar, essence, sweetness—the very soul of something.”
Mariane has been practicing, studying and teaching yoga for over fourteen years. She has trained and studied with Tias Little and Max Strom, and honors all her teachers, mentors and influences, and holds a special love for the outdoors and of course her daughter Malaya.
“I spent much of my life in the outdoors—mountain climbing, backpacking, skiing, kayaking—making the natural world my own personal yoga studio,” Mariane said. “It’s one of the reasons our retreats are so popular. We bring Rasa Yoga to places such as the Chetco River, Buckhorn Springs, Sedona, AZ, and Mexico to breathe deeply and take in the natural beauty.”
Prior to opening Rasa Yoga Center, she worked in corporate finance for over 20 years, graduating from Seattle University. “I also spent some years in the nonprofit sector working on behalf of organizations that championed the environment, education, and at-risk youth,” she said. “Those experiences have helped inform my path of holding and cultivating sacred and beautiful spaces, and allowing people to come as they are to heal, strengthen and be in community—finding mindfulness in business and in life.”
Rasa Center contracts with more than 25 local and international teachers annually who are committed to the same universal principles of the center—supporting healing and personal growth, promoting greater presence and empathy, and helping to minimize the distractions that take us away from our true selves.
“Yoga is much more than stretching and asana (poses),” Mariane said. “We just turned nine years old this July. We didn’t get here just by offering classes to stretch and strengthen. I am so very humbled by the experience and character of our teachers and how they step into their work with authenticity and dedication. I am even more touched by the work of our students, our community, to heal themselves and work toward greater balance and transparency in their lives, how they, and therefore, we come together to support one another in difficult as well as joyous times.”
Rasa Center for Yoga and Wellness also includes RasaFit in Medford, a boutique fitness facility, and has over 75 weekly classes, from gentle yoga and heated flow to kids yoga, Kundalini, power flow, postnatal, prenatal, spiral yoga, yin yoga, yoga with weights and yoga basics, among others. The center also holds foundational and advanced teacher trainings, and organizes special retreats in locations that have been vetted for their unique ways they offer to take the participants deeper unto themselves.
For more info, the phone number is 541-488-6236 in Ashland, and 541-245-2667 in Medford. They are located at 469 B Street in Ashland and at 3132 State Street (2nd floor) in Medford. You can also visit their website at rasayogacenter.com or like them on Facebook.