Hi, I'm Maya! For as long as I can remember, I've loved to move. Born and raised on Kauai, I spent my formative years running, jumping, and practicing cartwheels with abandon. My formal movement training began with ballet, which I studied for over 15 years, and since then I’ve spent much of my time exploring the connection between my body and mind. I became intrigued with yoga as an undergraduate student at Duke University, and yoga and meditation became my support system as I entered the fast-paced, high-stress world of investment banking.
Teaching has always been my calling, but it took me many years and a lot of self work to embrace my role as a teacher. I think of myself as a yoga facilitator and love to simplify complex topics to make them easily digestible by all. I see the physical practice of yoga as an entry point to better understand how we relate to ourselves and the world around us - my job as a teacher is remind you (and myself) that you already have the answers you are looking for. It’s just a matter of listening.
As an extension of my yoga practice, I became more interested in how nutrition and lifestyle factors affected my whole being. I noticed that in taking better care of myself I was able to find a greater sense of joy in my relationships with others and the world around me. In 2016, I became a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach through the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy. I take a holistic approach - always accounting for body, mind and spirit - and love to help people unearth healthier, more vibrant versions of themselves in the most practical way possible!