Maria's love for teaching began in 2008, when she completed a 200hr Power Yoga Certification with her beloved teacher, Grace Morales at Charlotte Yoga. She later continued her studies with an incredibly wise and knowledgeable teacher, Johnna Smith, who has an extensive background in Ashtanga Yoga. Maria loves to learn and travel the world. In 2012 she went to Mysore India and studied with V. Sheshadri, a very experienced and well known Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga teacher, and since then, she has attended several master classes and workshops led by Rolf Gates, Stephanie Keach, Baron Baptise and Rod Stryker. In January of 2011, she opened Om Yoga, a community yoga studio in Fort Mill SC. She 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 yogic values such as compassion, mindfulness, integrity, and purpose in their work and in their relationships. "My goal is to provide a peaceful and supportive space for people to breathe, move, connect to themselves, and to one another."