At the end of 2019, before she had ever heard the word “Covid,” Megan sat across from a Balinese energy-reader, surrounded by the sounds of the jungle, as he predicted that she would have a yoga shala in the United States in two years’ time. She had been living in Asia for nearly a decade, and told him he was crazy–she had no intention of returning to the US.
Two years later, Megan was handed the keys of the Niantic Yoga Studio, and became the new owner in January of 2023.
Megan Mulrine is an international yoga teacher trainer and yoga therapist specializing in bhakti yoga and the Hindu origin stories of asanas. Originally from Easton, Pennsylvania, Megan spent the last nine years studying yoga philosophy in eastern cultures, first learning Buddhist meditation in Japan, then settling in Bali, Indonesia, where she founded her yoga school, Yogatrotter Academy, at the retreat center of her Hindu priestess.
Megan has been practicing yoga since 2008 and fell deeply in love with the practice under the tutelage of her yoga teacher at Villanova University, an Augustinian priest and professor, Father David Creegan, who she credits with opening her eyes to the deeper spiritual and philosophical aspects of the practice. She began teaching pranayama and meditation in 2010 and went on to begin her first 200hr teacher training with Oceanfront Yoga in Virginia Beach in 2013.
After moving to Japan at the end of 2013, Megan traveled frequently to Bali, Thailand, and India to deepen her studies. She eventually received both 200 and 300hr certifications from Santosha Yoga Institute in Bali, and after moving to Bali in 2016, became one of their teacher trainers. Megan now leads yoga teacher trainings for a number of internationally renowned yoga schools, including Full Circle Yoga School, Escape Haven Yoga, and Yogatrotter Academy.
As a bhakti yoga practitioner, Megan’s passion is in the profound bliss state that can be evoked through chanting, worship, and yoga as moving meditation. For this purpose, she traveled to Rajasthan, India in 2018 to learn kirtan and bhajans and to deepen her knowledge of the Indian instrument, the harmonium, at the Krishna School of Music in Pushkar. Living in Bali has also allowed her to deepen her studies of sanatana dharma in the local Balinese Hindu tradition through her priestess, Bunda Parvati, and to advance her meditation practices through her teacher, Pak Merta Ada of Bali Usada Meditation.
Megan is currently studying Yoga Therapy with the Mohans of Svastha Yoga in India, lineage-holders, and direct students of Sri Trimulai Krishnamacharya, the father of modern yoga. These studies allow her to combine the profound wisdom of the ancient spiritual tradition with the practical knowledge of modern science.
Due to the pandemic, Megan returned to the US at the end of 2021, settling in Waterford, CT in 2022, while still frequently traveling to lead teacher trainings in Bali and beyond. Her yoga classes incorporate philosophy and cultural storytelling into the flow of movement.
You can read more about Megan on her Yoga Teacher Training website Yogatrotter.com