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Yoga Therapy for healing from pain, trauma and injury with Marina Zaleski

By Ana Soulia, PT, DPT | Missoula Health and Wellness Conversations

On this episode of Missoula Health and Wellness Conversations I got to sit down with Marnia Zaleski of Montana Yoga Therapy. Marina has been a yoga professional since 2002 who has a passion for helping clients heal from chronic pain and trauma through finding their breath and restoring harmony to the nervous system. She has been a student of yoga for 29 years and has been teaching for 17. She offers Yoga therapy in a variety of settings both 1:1 and in groups. She is excited about reaching clients via zoom because it facilitates an at home practice which she says is how "yoga was meant to be." She has a passion for meeting clients where they are and giving them the tools they need to help down regulate their nervous system and feel better in their body and mind.

On this week's episode we discuss:

  • How Marina got into yoga practice and how she evolved from student to teacher.

  • Calibrating a practice to fit an individual and how this helps them feel successful in yoga.

  • Marina's swear jar for the word "stretch" and the umbrella of yoga that includes not only the physical movement practice but also the energetics of meditation, mindfulness and breathing.

  • The pluses and minuses of yoga going mainstream and the challenge of incorporating all of these different elements in one class.

  • How the practice of yoga is rooted in optimizing breath to help down regulate the nervous system and establish a reasonable foundation to work from.

  • My growth as a practitioner from a mindset that is practitioner driven to one that is centered around the individual's needs and story

  • The value of finding the right person to work with based on individual needs or wants but also the value of helping people embrace the fundamentals when necessary to support their healing.

  • Marina shares her experience collaborating with a provider to serve patients recovering from work related injuries.

  • Marina shares a story about a client who through only a few sessions with her was able to glean sufficient skills to help himself stay calm and get out of a sticky situation without feeling heavy repercussions in the form of prolonged back pain.

  • Marina gives a short history lesson of yoga and the lineages that most influence her style of practice.

  • The value of helping people celebrate small successes by meeting them where they are.

  • Marina shares how to contact her and shares that she can work with anyone across the state through the power of Zoom!


If you are interested in working with Marina Zaleski at Montana Yoga Therapy you can find her at You can also reach her via email at or call 406-327-0775

If you're interested to learn more about the Integrative Physical Therapy Approach at Inertia Physiotherapy and you are in the Missoula area, call or text 406-880-7945 or visit to learn more about how we can help you get on the right path toward healing.

You can also follow us on Facebook at and Instagram at


1001 S 4th St W Suite 4

Missoula, MT 59801


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