Favorite Yoga Pose:
All the warriors
Maria began her yoga practice in high school with her best friend whose father was an Ashtanga yoga teacher. Throughout college and her five years living in Southeast Asia, Maria continued to practice many different styles of yoga and found the introspection and reflection through the movement of body and breath to be incredibly healing. Maria was introduced to Baptiste Yoga through a donation based class at a local studio. Completely enthralled with the rhythm and flow of the class, she soon became a regular practitioner of this style.
Maria completed her 200 hour Teacher Certification Program in October 2010. She has remained dedicated to her yoga practice, self-growth, and development as a teacher and as a healthy balanced individual with a desire to give back to her community. Maria also works in early childhood education and social services. She recently completed her Masters in Clinical Social Work and is in the process of becoming licensed. Maria joined the Yoga 4 Change teaching team in 2016 and has been teaching at a local addiction treatment center. She has become increasingly interested in learning about the impacts of trauma on individuals, as well as the ability to heal trauma through yoga. Maria would like to connect the world of yoga and healing with people of all backgrounds and socioeconomic brackets; healing and self-empowerment is something yoga offers and communities need. Maria has a strong interest in art, especially painting, traveling, and is also certified in children's yoga.