Maria began practicing yoga in 1999 in the Philadelphia area. She completed her 200 hour certification with OM Yoga in New York City in 2005 and 500 hour certification with Core Strength Vinyasa founder Sadie Nardini in Brooklyn, New York in 2016. She also completed an Empower Movement training with Paige Held and Kelly Green, owners of the Yoga Joint in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 2017. Maria continues to attend numerous workshops, retreats, and online training to enhance and enrich her teaching skills and techniques. Prior to teaching yoga, Maria was a Jazzercise fitness instructor for six years and continues to incorporate a festive, soulful, and energetic approach and style to her vinyasa classes.
Maria believes that yoga forms the natural connection between mind, body, and soul and empowers students to live an authentic, joyful, and healthy lifestyle. In her classes, individuals will experience traditional yoga postures integrated with creative sequencing and dynamic movements set to eclectic, motivating playlists. She will teach the connection of movement to breath, inspire us to develop an awareness and understanding of presence, and grow in alignment, balance, strength, grace, and flexibility. Maria emphasizes that yoga will give us strong roots so we can spread our wings and fly.