has been writing stories and poems all her life. She is currently the Director of Programs at 826CHI, an arts education non-profit that works with 6-18 year-olds on their creative and expository writing. She began her yoga practice back in 2010. Maria loves a strong vinyasa class that incorporates pranayama and good music to help facilitate the flow. She loves creating a class that has yogis moving, breathing, and being playful in their practice while fostering a sense of calm.