Yoga with "MotherHeart" (Dawn Smelser)


  • The Maas Building 1325 North Randolph Street Philadelphia, PA, 19122 United States

Mondays & Wednesdays

We are glad to present "MotherHeart" in her 1 month residency at The Maas Building.

Dawn “MotherHeart” Smelser has been teaching Yoga for almost 20 years in the United States and has begun leading Internationally this year. She received her formal training in Yoga at The Yoga Institute in Mumbai, India, where she lived under the guidance of her Guru, Dr. Jayadeva Yogendraji from 1999-2000. She has since made another Pilgrimage to Varanasi India last year. Dawn was ordained Spiritual Healer by Divine Ministry in 2005, after 3 years of studying the esoteric yoga tradition, and opened MotherHeart Studio in 2012, where she trains Yoga Teachers.

She publishes Rooted Magazine, dedicated to unearthing the traditional Roots of Yoga and lifting up modern day mystics and pilgrims.Her style of teaching is serious where it needs to be and playful where it is helpful to the teaching, but always authentic and from the heart. A student of West African Dance for many years, and once a member of a Travelling Carnival, Dawn loves to shake up the Yoga practice every once in a while with some dance literal shaking.

“My experience with Dawn has been holy and wild. This practice and way of teaching is a refreshing response to the chaotic world. Dawn is a vessel, through which love flows, teaching with a beautiful balance of knowledge and spirit.”

-Sarah Good



"As a teacher, Dawn has the ability to feel what her students need from her class. She takes time to speak to her students before class begins, to ask how they are feeling and what it is they need or want from class that day. On the days when you aren't entirely sure what you need from your practice, Dawn will guide you through breath work and asana that leaves you feeling like you experienced exactly what it is you needed.”      

-Molly Bolick