Maria is an RYT-200 with an eternal curiosity for mind and body wellness. After reaching a crossroads in her own life, Maria first stepped into the hot room wracked with anxiety, debilitating depression and a growing list of symptoms stemming from unhealthy lifestyle habits and autoimmune thyroiditis. Within weeks, swelling in her joints subsided and her depression began to wane. In just a few months’ time, the incredible healing of the yoga was undeniable. Mornings that once kicked off with the light of a cigarette and a can of Diet Coke were replaced with 26 postures, 2 breathing exercises and high-quality h20. Her path became clear: help others to find their strength, both on and off the mat. Maria’s classes aim to encourage students, instill discipline and uplift spirits.