Marsha D. Banks-Harold, BSEE, E-RYT 500, RYCT, RPYT, Yoga Therapist 892*, a native Alexandrian, graduate of TC Williams High School and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, is the owner and manager of two PIES Fitness Yoga Studios in Alexandria, VA. She also serves as the Director of PIES Fitness Yoga School which offers certification at the 200 hour level. Marsha is also a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
In February of 2008, Marsha retreated to Williamsburg, VA searching for what she now knows as inner peace. Even though Marsha had reached great success in her personal and professional life she felt that something very important was missing. Marsha discovered that it was very important for her to have peace in all aspects of her life: physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual (PIES). Her discovery concerning peace led her to register for the Foundational Training Program offered at Body Balance Yoga Studio in Williamsburg, VA in September of 2008. In February of 2009 Marsha completed the inaugural 200-hour yoga teacher training course. The transformation that occurred for Marsha during the training deepened her quest to help others to obtain physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual (PIES) peace. PIES Fitness was birthed out of the discovery and transformation that occurred over the years in which Marsha has been on her fitness journey.
Marsha has been teaching yoga since 2009 and is known for creating and offering the popular class called My Body Don’t Bend That Way. Marsha’s studies include: Comprehensive Yoga Therapy – A Holistic Yogic Approach to Health and Healing; Kemetic Yoga; Ausarian (Kemetic) Tantra Yoga; Children’s Yoga; Hot Yoga; Vinyasa, Ashtanga; Prenatal; Restorative; Yin; Sound Healing; Nutrition; Teaching Yoga to Larger Bodied Students; Chair/Adaptive/Special Population, Trauma Sensitive and Meditation. Her passion is working with special needs yoga therapy clients to balance their lives while reducing stress and anxiety.
In addition, Marsha received a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and works as an Electrical Engineer in the intellectual property field. She practices yoga daily to balance her life as she navigates amongst her roles as a wife, a mother of 2 biological sons and 2 sons that she has served as the legal guardian to for the last 7 years, an officer in her church, a full time engineer and a studio owner. Marsha encourages everyone to honor where they are as they strive to live a balanced life. She believes yoga is the path that allows one to know thy self physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.