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."