Maria lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where she is a yoga and meditation instructor.

Maria believes that meditation can take on many different forms, and all these forms can lead us toward the most compassionate, most genuine version of ourselves. Meditation can train our bodies to be still, our minds to be present, and our emotions to be less reactive.

Maria’s classes focus on getting in touch with our bodies in order to ground, center, and accept our whole being. She believes in being as gentle as possible with all aspects of oneself.

She enjoys cooking (and eating!) plant-based meals, travelling to connect with friends everywhere, singing and playing harmonium, practicing yin yoga, Sufi love poetry, abundant sunshine, and anything that is rainbow-colored.

With over 22 years of meditation experience, Maria is a two-time graduate of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program, completed her RYT-200 at Perennial Yoga and Meditation in 2016, and received her 300-hr meditation teaching certificate from Mind Oasis in 2020. In her former life, she has worked as a project manager, a massage therapist, a business owner, a programmer, a bank teller, and a shampoo girl!

Maria strives to get outside for a walk every day, but also tries not to judge herself on the days she doesn’t make it.

Community Meditation Schedule