Maria found the practice of yoga in her forties when she needed a release from the stress of her career in advertising and an aching back caused by scoliosis. She quickly fell in love with the practice, not only for the physical benefits it brought to her back, but for the healing it brought to her spiritually. The stress and demands of her professional life eventually pulled her away from yoga until she reached a point of complete burn out and walked away from the corporate world. While she was trying to figure out what to do next, she found her way back to a yoga mat, took a deep dive back into the practice, and has been riding the waves of a yoga high ever since.
While she was deciding what to do in the next phase of her life, Maria started a yoga blog called The Daily Downward Dog to share her yoga journey and inspiration. With a lot of nudges from the universe, encouragement from the yoga community, and some divine guidance she followed her passion to become a yoga teacher. Today she is thrilled to be sharing yoga workshops around the country, leading international yoga retreats, creating meditation videos for Hang Ten Meditation, and contributing her writing to Elephant Journal, Daily Cup of Yoga, and MindBodyGreen.
Her heart opening teaching combines asana, meditation, mudras, breath work, and creative sequencing in spirited yet slow-flowing vinyasa yoga classes that are suitable for all levels of yoga practitioners. Maria’s classes include uplifting class themes, stories, music, poetry, laughter, reiki, and the spiritual teachings of yoga to create a playful and peaceful environment where students can quiet their minds, let go, relax, and recharge.
In 2011 she was able to combine two of her greatest passions – yoga and the beach – to start her own beach yoga “studio” on the beautiful shores of Lake Erie, Ohio, where Maria has shared yoga with hundreds of yogis.