Mary Lou is a Certified Svaroopa® Vidya Meditation Teacher, a Certified Svaroopa® Yoga Introductory Teacher and Certified Embodyment® Yoga Therapist. Mary Lou is a trained scientist, teacher, and professor of biology at a local university. She brings her teaching skills and her detailed knowledge of the human body to her yoga teaching and therapy work. "Manisha" is the Sanskrit name given to her by Swami Nirmalananda, the founder of Svaroopa® Yoga, to recognize her commitment to the teachings and practices. It means wisdom.