The Ask Yogi Marlon brand was created to inspire healthy modern living based on ancient Vedic principles which are the foundation of yoga.
Marlon Braccia began her spiritual studies at age six, when she asked her Italian grandmother to instruct her in arcane prayers. By age twelve, she was studying astrology, ballet, spirituality, diet, cooking and natural health practices. She began working as a prop and wardrobe stylist while simultaneously pursuing a modeling career—and yoga studies. For eight years, Marlon worked both in front of and behind the camera, giving her a unique dual talent in production.
In the early 90s, Marlon began studying yoga in New York City with disciples of Paramahansa Yogananda and Vivekananda, who were instrumental in bringing yoga to the West. Her study of Tantra includes; Hatha, Laya, Kriya, Swara, Nada, Bhakti, Jnana, Kundalini and ayurveda. Yogi Marlon enhanced her precognitive gifts with a wide-ranging study of Vedic scripture and methodology, along with varied Western holistic health practices. By 1994, Marlon had completed the first of many teacher-training programs and soon began working as a yoga instructor in Los Angeles. Her continuing studies with Yogiraj Rod Stryker began in 1994, through whom she became an initiated Kriya Yogi in 2000.
In 1997, Marlon produced and starred in the first Los Angeles-based cable TV instructional yoga program, Yoga Time with Marlon Braccia. This groundbreaking 50-episode show reached eleven million US households weekly. Marlon then created a twenty-two title video series geared toward yoga for the beginner. AskYogiMarlon.com, an expansive site for yoga and health information, was launched in 2000. The video series was enhanced and expanded for a DVD release in 2003, which has sold over 670,000 copies internationally at outlets such as Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Circuit City, and on-line at Amazon, eBay and AskYogiMarlon.com. Her monthly syndicated Q&A column, Ask Yogi Marlon, appeared in three major spiritual periodicals (Yogi Times, Mystic Pop, The Light), with a combined run of over 65,000, and an estimated readership of nearly a quarter million. On-line, the column appears on numerous sites, including the highly-rated yoga.org.nz, visited by a daily worldwide readership averaging fifteen million. Her new DVD, Yoga for Couch Potatoes, is available online with major outlets pending. Most recently, Yogi Marlon has begun doing both audio and video podcasts. She continues Yogi Marlon continues to write and photograph her all-natural cookbook. She is currently seeking a publisher for a 2008 release of this title, The Enlightened Cook: Think Like a Yogi, Eat Like a King.
A Word from Yogi Marlon:
“My intent is to allow yoga to cultivate awareness and deepen mastery of Self so I may reach my highest human potential as a co-creator with the divine. I began my study in yogic arts during the most emotionally challenging time of my life. It was the one thing I was doing that relieved my depression and sense of overwhelm, so I was in class four times a week as soon as discovered yoga. What I now realize is that yoga helped me to see the most essential and unchanging part of myself, which created the stability I needed to prosper. Through yoga, I experienced myself through my soul, not my senses. It is my belief that you can achieve this too.”