Maria is a certified Yoga teacher (RYT 500 hour and E-RYT 200 hour) with training in Hatha & Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Yoga Nidra and Chair Yoga. She is currently in training to become a Certified Yoga Therapist (800 hour) with Ajna Yoga (Victoria, BC) and has completed additional training through this program in Backcare Yoga; Yoga Therapy for Knees and Hips; Yoga Therapy for Shoulders and Wrists; Yoga, Trauma, and Mental Health; Yoga Therapy for Healthy Aging and Chair Yoga; Yoga, Tensegrity and Fascia; Yoga Therapy in Pain Care; Meditation for Yoga Therapy; Yin Yoga Therapy; and Therapeutic Inversions and Backbends. In addition, Maria has trained in Yoga for individuals with cancer and beyond (Yoga Thrive).
She is most at home on her mat leading classes that help her students thrive in everyday movement with self-compassion and self-acceptance at heart. She aims to teach mindful, inclusive and accessible yoga, infusing her classes with knowledge about our body’s anatomy and unique variations.
She hopes that those who practice with her discover more about their body, breath, heart, and mind each time they come to the mat or chair and that with each practice, they welcome themselves with kindness, gentleness, curiosity and lots of love.
Maria teaches through a trauma-informed lens with a focus on creating an inclusive and inviting space within her classes, workshops, and sessions.