Maria was born and raised in the mountains of Minas Gerais, Brazil. She got her 200 hr yoga certification with Grace Morales in 2008 and opened Om Yoga in Fort Mill SC in 2010. She later received a 500hr certification with Johnna Smith. Maria credits her entrepreneurial success to being incredibly passionate about making a difference in other people's lives. Over the years Om Yoga has become a place of community, friendships, support, and inspiration. Maria encourages everyone in her classes to incorporate and convey values such as compassion, mindfulness, integrity, and purpose in their relationships and daily life. "Yoga has taught me not to lose touch with who I am. Your yoga practice is what you want it to be. It is ever evolving and it changes based on what your needs are. I like leading students through a well balanced class, so that they feel challenged but still get the tranquility and ease that yoga has to offer. "