Djuna Mascall E.R.Y.T. 500 is a rare teacher who illuminates yoga through intelligent sequencing to allow the body, mind, and heart to open. She gracefully integrates her extensive knowledge of anatomy, alignment, and the wisdom of yoga. Each practice is unique and responsive to the individual needs of her students.
Djuna is Prajna Yoga faculty, and her primary influence comes from her ongoing work with Tias and Surya Little. She offers Prajna yoga nationally and internationally, including annual retreats at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center and Esalen, and teacher trainings. She is currently pursuing her I.A.Y.T. Yoga Therapy certification with Sarahjoy Marsh at D.A.Y.A. Foundation. She is also deeply influenced by the work of Mary Paffard, which is grounded in Buddhist meditation and a feminine approach to asana.
Djuna is currently co-teaching an advanced teacher training at Yoga Mountain Studio in Fairfax, CA, and Prajna Yoga 200 hour teacher trainings on Orcas Island, WA and at Yogini Yoga in Copenhagen, Denmark.
She was featured in Yoga Journal in August 2012 and graced the cover of the October 2012 issue.
Djuna’s teaching is inspired by her connection to nature and the sea; she sailed across the Pacific in a small engine-less sailboat and is the first woman on record to circumnavigate the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska by kayak.
She currently lives on Orcas Island, WA and teaches weekly classes at Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio.
“My path in becoming a yoga teacher has been circuitous. I came to yoga in college and when I moved to Orcas I began teaching Ashtanga at a local farm to the interns and community members. I then found senior Iyengar teacher Felicity Green, and spent two years learning the basics of the asanas and how to teach them. Along the way, myself and three other yoga teachers opened a studio on Orcas. I met Tias Little at a Yoga Journal Conference and knew immediately he was my true teacher. I found myself traveling to Santa Fe to study, running a yoga studio, working full time doing restaurant work, while building a cabin and homestead by hand with my husband. Early mornings found me chopping kindling then rolling up our futon so I would have space to practice, or listening to dharma talks while painting the cabin. In studying with Tias I found myself drawn into a deeper, more interior world, one that also connected me with others and nature. My husband and I began kayaking avidly and working for a kayaking school, and my yoga practice echoed the dynamism of the ocean and currents around Orcas Island, as well as the deep quiet of living in the woods. Teaching yoga wasn’t something I considered as a career, but a container for all that I was experiencing both physically and internally. After a few years of working so hard to teach, I realized I needed to leave Orcas Island and find out if I could make a living teaching yoga. I drove my 1990 Toyota Camry down Highway 1 seeking a viable town. I landed in Marin and was quickly invited to teach at Tassajara, Esalen, and Green Gulch, as well as being on the cover of Yoga Journal. I taught regular classes at Yoga Mountain in Fairfax, CA and soon began co-teaching a training there. However, the faster pace of California life didn’t suit me and I gratefully returned Orcas Island. Since then, I balance my life between traveling and teaching in our local community. My husband and I often find ourselves on the water or in our garden. I mentor with Tias and study Yoga Therapy with SarahJoy Marsh. I’ve also found mentorship in working with my dreams as a powerful way to delve into my unconscious. Now, yoga is the foundation of all that I do. Every poem, novel, podcast, or moment of friendship somehow informs my practice and teaching. In the wider world, yoga has become another commodity, which is okay in it’s own way, as long as people are practicing. However, my deepest wish is for all to experience yoga or integration as the deepest current in their lives.”
For a taste of Prajna Yoga and Tias and Surya Little enjoy this 5 min video:
“I really appreciate your vast knowledge and passion in teaching the practice as it shines through and motivates me to seek the infinite possibilities of mind/body health that are attainable. Its amazing how every session is so completely different in the way I perceive and experience it.” ~ Scott Ammann
“Djuna is an amazing and quiet tour de force…” ~ Sarah Hillenbrand, YogaView manager