hola! I’m Maria.
I grew up in Barcelona and love brought me to the beautiful Engadin valley in the swiss Alps.
The first time yoga crossed my path was 12 years ago through a downward-facing dog that my contemporary dance teacher had included in our warm-up routine. It was not love at first sight but for sure it was deep feelings at first try. I started joining yoga practices sporadically all around the city, never committing to any yoga style nor yoga studio.
Seven years ago I quit my job as a lawyer to travel South America. “I get it, you are taking a break”, they said. “I am allowing myself to stop and reset my priorities. I am allowing myself to let go of patterns that keep me from living connected to myself. I am allowing myself to listen to my inner voice and to unfold.“ That’s what I felt, even if I couldn’t put it into words at that time.
My backpacking from Colombia to Argentina was full of yogic encounters, self-discovery, and challenges. But it was actually during my trip through South East Asia in 2016, that I started practicing regularly and consciously. One year later I did my 200 hrs YTTC in India, at the feet of the Himalayas. This was a transformative experience, encouraged not only by my mentors but also by my colleagues, the situation, and the Indian culture I could breathe on the streets.
Since then, I have been practicing and teaching around and learning from many yogis. My focus has been on Vinyasa flow, Ashtanga, and Hatha and more recently on Prenatal Yoga.
The biggest trip of my life started 3 years ago when I got pregnant with my first child. Before knowing I was pregnant, I was planning to go back to India to take my Pre- and Postnatal YTTC. Well, it turned out that experiencing pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum myself taught me much more in this subject. However, there is more you need to know to be able to accompany women during pregnancy and postpartum. Meeting Valeria Almarales and attending her PreMom and BeMom Yoga teacher training course was very inspiring and gave me precious inputs on how yoga and meditation can influence your body, your mindset, and your overall experience of bringing a new soul to the Earth.
my styles of yoga
I always prepare my yoga classes with an intention in mind, which can be of a very diverse nature. The structure of the practices, on the other hand, is similar in all of them, containing breathing exercises (pranayma), asanas, relaxation (savasana) and meditation. The fun factor is also a must. Even if I plan my classes, I adapt them to the needs and the mood of the students in general and I give different options so that everybody can enjoy the practice.
If you are pregnant, these classes are for you, either if you have practiced yoga before or not. This is the yoga practice that prepares your body and your mind for labor and childbirth, being also the kind of break you need in your everyday life to connect to yourself, to mindfully notice the changes you are going through and to start bonding with your baby.
Your body has amazingly performed during pregnancy and labor and now it is time for you to help it recover. It’s not about the shape or the weight, but about rebuilding a healthy and strong pelvic floor that can hold your organs and about allowing your abdominal muscles to smoothly get back together. This practice takes place with and without your baby.
As a yoga teacher I am specialized in three styles of yoga called Vinyasa flow, Ashtanga and Hatha. As a yoga practitioner I love flowing on my mat with a purpose but no expectations, and I always leave the mat feeling better than ever, which is also the purpose of all my yoga classes. Let me bring joy to your body and peace to your mind!