Maria began practicing yoga in high school with her best friend whose father was an Ashtanga yoga teacher. Throughout college and her five years living in Southeast Asia, she 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. She 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 training in October 2010. She has remained dedicated to her yoga practice, self-growth, 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 team in 2016 and finds interest in learning about the impacts of trauma on individuals, as well as the ability to heal trauma through yoga. She would like to connect the world of yoga and healing with people of all backgrounds and socioeconomic brackets. Maria has a strong interest in art, especially painting, traveling, and is also certified in children's yoga.