Maru Ortiz

About us

Maru's interest in Yoga started a very young age when she started studying Buddhism from her mother. Her interest in the mind and the body brought her to a desire to practice yoga and the pursuit of learning brought her to many knowledgeable yogis.

In the west she studied with the founders of Jivamukti Yoga, Sharon Gannon and David Life as well as advanced teachers of Jivamukti Yoga including Rafael Cervantes, and Paloma Baker. Paloma was her first teacher and her inspiration to deepen her knowledge of yoga. She has also learnt from some of the most recognised Ashtanga Yoga teachers in the world including Michael Gannon and Rolf Naujokat. As well as this she has deepened her study of Buddhism in Casa Tíbet México in order to enable her to develop further.

After this she made several long trips to Mysore, India in order to practice Ashtanga Yoga with her guru Sharath Jois, grandson of the late guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. These long trips have allowed her to deepen her own practice and teaching.


In 2016 she received the blessings of her guru and was authorised to teach the primary series of Ashtanga Yoga.

During her long stays in India, Maru also studied philosophy, meditation and chanting from various masters including university scholars, helping her to contribute towards making Yoga Sutra Shala a place to experience a complete system of yoga which includes health, spiritual and mental benefits.

Above all, her happiness helps to create a happy atmosphere in her classes.

She holds a bachelors degree from Fundación Universidad de las Américas, Puebla, Mexico, one of the most recognised universities in the country.

Maru adds not only intelligence to the system of yoga that you will experience being taught at Yoga Sutra Shala, but also warmth, friendliness, compassion and a positive energy that will make you want to keep coming back to your retreat centre to grow, learn and develop your health further still as well as become more peaceful, more internalised and happier.


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