Hi there! My name is Maria.
I am an artist to my core - seeking mystery and building harmony. But my style is not for the faint of heart.
My life is steeped in paradox, and that's the way I like it.
I am a North Carolina native with dreams of living in the desert. A serious seeker raised by two scientists and an orthodox church. I studied ceramics and fibers as an undergraduate, enthralled by the challenge of combining materials that are so fundamentally different. My work now is helping people embrace their wisdom through Yoga training and integrative consulting.
I believe that the collaborative process and teachings of Tantra Yoga can enhance our relationships - with each other, with the earth, and with our selves. My journey consists of relentless questioning, profound lessons in humility, and a cultivated sense of trust. I am dedicated to the interconnected nature of all beings and the work of recreating a world that honors this majestic truth. I am devoted to my personal practice, and I surround myself with people who share that commitment.
I received a BFA from Appalachian State University, and I am a Yoga Alliance Certified E-RYT with seven years of teaching experience and nearly a decade of practice without break. Every day, I am infinitely grateful for the guidance of countless teachers, including Kelly Golden, Valerie Midgett, Serena Crawford, Michele Quan, Mel Chin, Carolyn Elliott, and my dear family. I am currently based in Atlanta, GA with my partner, John, who is a geologist, environmental engineer, and budding rock climber.
I am inspired by a multitude of disciplines, exploring the intersection of creativity, sexuality, and spirituality. As director of Groove Forward, I collaborate with artists, teachers, and health practitioners from all backgrounds in order to elevate the field of creative health. Currently, I work with Vira Bhava Yoga School to facilitate 200-hour and 300-hour integrative trainings across the country.
But if you really want to know me, let's have a conversation.
“Maria’s methodology is a true representation of her passions & her gifts. In our work together, I was able to cultivate a stronger connection between my mind & my body, and unearth a powerful vision for myself as a creator. As a result, I am infinitely more grounded, not just in my personal practice, but on my journey to self actualization."
- Rye, Integrative Health Coach & Founder of The New School Kitchen
“Working with Maria has been incredible. We accomplished in a couple of hours what likely would have taken me weeks to plan and sort through. Maria’s holistic approach brought a sense of peace & calm to the process, allowing me to trust myself and the work I do. I’ve learned so much from working with her and it has given me to confidence to continue to expand my business in a new way.”
- Joy, LCSW & Psychotherapist
"Maria's teaching style is so valuable that I wish it was fundamental part of an educational program offered to a wide group of individuals. It brought forth many thoughts and blockages that I needed to feel and work through to be lighter. It also gave me tools to use in the future to continue this process throughout all aspects of my life. Maria's teaching style is beautifully direct and creative. All love and beauty surround her. Each word she speaks is filled with knowledge and passion. She leaves room for your own interpretations while guiding you to see things from another perspective."
- Cynthia, Yogi & Explorer
“Maria is such an authentic person with a gift for connecting people back to their truth. We are so incredibly lucky to have her in our community. She is both an amazing artist and inspiring yoga teacher, and she shares her wisdom of Tantra and the depths of her personal practices.”
- Jackie, Teacher & Owner of Terra Sol Sanctuary