began studying Buddhism with Lama Pema Wangdak in 1995 and with Sakya Trizin Rinpoche in 2000. She now also studies with Rinpoches sister Jetsun Chimey Luding and with H.H. the XIV Dalai Lama. In 2003, she received her novice nun ordination and instruction from Chokye Trichen Rinpoche. Marcela is also a certified Iyengar instructor and is on the core faculty at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in New York City. She has studied yoga since 1985, has taught Iyengar yoga since 1996, and has traveled to study with the Iyengar family in India.