Marlies started taking yoga classes in 2002 while being pregnant for the first time. She wanted to "get out of her head, and to feel more connected with her body." She started her meditation practice and training in 2008. With three little children, she really felt like she needed some "me-time", where it was quiet and she could sit and "just be".
From 2012-2018 she studied yoga in California (USA) with Stephanie Pafford Yoga (200 hr YTT) and at Wanderlust Yoga where she completed the 300hr Voyager training at Wanderlust Hollywood. She had the privilege to study in person with: Scott Schwenk, Schuyler Grant, Matt Phippen, Jennifer Elliot, Clio Manuelian, Annie Carpenter, Joan Hyman, Carry Owerko, Noah Maze, Tias Little, and Tara Judelle.
Other related trainings she did, are: a Mini Yogis (children) teacher training with Shana Meyerson, mindfulness training at the UCLA and the UC Berkeley, restorative yoga teacher training, reiki trainings (level I & II), IET (Integrated Energy Training), Soul Realignment training), pilates teacher training, a course for using singing bowls, and a breath coach teacher training.