Maria has always loved the study of health and and healthy living, and was drawn to yoga in 2010 for a full body approach to exercise. She soon discovered that a strong asana practice opens the heart and mind. Maria loves classes that are physically challenging with an emphasis on functional movement, alignment, arm balances, inversions, and pratyahara. Completing her 200 hour teacher certification in 2011, she is continuing her study of yoga with Lara Heimann at YogaStream. She is active in animal rescue, has a PhD from Penn State in Physiology, and is a certified Health and Fitness Specialist in ACSM.