Maria was born and raised in the mountains of Minas Gerais, Brazil. She opened Om Yoga in 2010. Maria completed her 200 hour Yoga Certification with Grace Morales in 2008, her 500hr certification with Johnna Smith in 2015, and Prenatal Certification with Amani Murray in 2017. Maria credits her entrepreneurial success to being incredibly passionate about making a difference in other people's lives. She encourages everyone who is a part of the Om Yoga community to incorporate and convey values such as compassion, mindfulness, integrity, purpose, and initiative in their daily work and in their relationships with one another. "Yoga taught me to be more grounded, and not to lose touch with who I am. My practice and teaching is always evolving. We are very supportive of each other at Om and I hope people feel at home when they come here! Our goal is to provide a peaceful space for people to breathe, move and connect."
Stacy began practicing yoga in the summer of 2006, just a few days after graduating college. She began studying yoga at home with the help of books and DVDs, then attended her first studio class a few months later. Over the next few years, Stacy moved around a lot. However, her yoga practice remained a constant anchor. She practiced different styles of yoga all across the country. After moving to Charlotte, Stacy received her 200-hour RYT certification through Melody White and Greg Labarbera in May 2010 on her 26th birthday. Stacy teaches Samdaana Yoga (developed by Melody White) as well as vinyasa classes, allowing her to develop and share her own sequences, which she is particularly passionate about. She shares, “Yoga gives you back what you put in and more, but the benefits can take time to manifest themselves, and often in ways you hadn’t even imagined. Sometimes you have to surrender a little to truly receive. This is why I know I’ll practice yoga for the rest of my life.” When she’s not doing yoga, Stacy enjoys cooking and exploring the Charlotte food scene (she is a trained chef), reading, writing, running, traveling, music, and looking for reasons to laugh.