Meet Maria


 
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Welcome

I'm Maria, a health coach, yoga teacher, and holistic healing advocate on my own journey of health, healing, and self-discovery. 

It is my mission to help heal resilient women who have been through some sh*t, but want to finally shake their anxiety and create a healthier lifestyle - physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.  

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As a young adult, I struggled with alcohol, junk food, and knowing my own self-worth. I was dissatisfied and on track for a breakdown.

Then a traumatic incident hit - as they say... #metoo.  

I was unequipped to deal with this considering my circumstances, so I left my job, moved home with my mom, fell into depression, and was diagnosed with PTSD.

I was having horrible nightmares (when I was able to actually sleep), night-sweats, crying spells, lashing out or trembling for no reason at all. I couldn't focus on anything other than all that I had lost in the process (walked away from a great job, friends, and relationship).

I isolated myself from majority of my friends because I didn't want anyone to know what had happened to me.

But it was at my rock bottom that I knew I needed to make some serious changes in order to recover my life.

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"Yoga Teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured."

B.K. Iyengar

It was then that I found yoga.  It may sound strange to you, if you've not yet experienced the healing capabilities of a yoga practice, but it truly has healed me -- and continues to do so. Keep reading...

I decided to pursue a yoga teacher training with the intention that it would serve as more of a retreat and a way to keep myself focused on something positive.

My training became more like therapy, and in studying the yogic philosophy, I began to uncover the many layers of "me." I began my journey of letting go. 



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This experience forced me to really tune in and listen to myself - to love myself enough to be deliberate about how I care for my body, and how I interact in my relationships.

Throughout my healing process, I resonated with many different holistic modalities including yoga, meditation, alkaline/plant-based foods, EMDR therapy, and good old fashioned Florida sunshine!

I'm a survivor - but I refuse to identify as a victim. I am RESILIENT AF and I know that things could have taken a major turn for the worse had I not taken matters into my own hands (and with the guidance from my teachers).

I believe I have the keys to releasing negativity both emotionally, somatically (in the body), and mentally. I would be honored to share them with you.

Namaste.


 
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Credentials:

Yoga Alliance RYT-200  -- Key Largo Yoga

Certified Health Coach  -- Institute of Integrative Nutrition

Standup Paddleboard Teacher -- H2Yo with Julie Roach

Kids Yoga Teacher -- Kidding Around Yoga

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Workshop -- Jen Turner, Boston Trauma Center

Mantra + "Yoga of Sound" Intensives -- Anandra George

International Yoga Festival, Rishikesh, India

8 Months Personal Study Abroad, "Wanderlust" Experience: Rishikesh, India; Bali; Thailand;