I'm Maria, a health coach, yoga teacher, and holistic healing advocate.
It is my mission to guide and advocate for women who have been through some sh*t, but want to let go of anger, feel more connected, and create a healthier lifestyle - physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
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 life finally stopped me in my tracks - I was a victim of sexual assault.
I was was diagnosed with PTSD, and completely unequipped to deal with it. I left my job, moved home with my mom, and isolated myself from my friends.
I was having horrible nightmares, insomnia, night-sweats, crying spells, and 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).
But it was at my rock bottom that I knew I needed to make some serious changes in order to recover my life.
I needed something more. I was in therapy but something in my spirit was still crying out for deeper healing.
Finally, I found yoga. Not your “instagram-yoga,” or fitness-class version of yoga, but REAL-straight-out-of-India-yoga!
I began a yoga teacher training with the intention that it would serve as more of an immersion and a way to keep myself focused on something positive. What I got out of it was an entirely new lifestyle and hope for my future.
"Yoga Teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured."
My yoga training was supplementing my therapy in ways I could not have predicted. Studying yogic philosophy, allowed me an opportunity to uncover the many layers of "me." I began my journey of letting go of what was no longer serving me.
This experience taught me how to tune in and listen to intuition - to love myself enough to be deliberate about how I care for my body, and how I interact in my relationships.
I'm a survivor - but I refuse to identify as a victim.
I am INVINCIBLE and SO ARE YOU!
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;