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Maria Garre was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and grew up in Frederick, MD, where she completed her undergraduate studies at Hood College in Biology and Eastern Philosophy. After college, Maria continued her education at Hood by completing the graduate program in Biomedical Sciences in addition to working as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor with ACE and AFAA certification.
Her passion for fitness led her to purchase the Frederick Fitness Center which she owned and managed for five years. During this time she was introduced to both Yoga and Pilates and began a formal teacher-training program with Janine Galati in both disciplines at Alternative Health and Fitness in Philadelphia. She studied full time for two years in Yoga and Pilates and then pursued a Masters Degree in Education at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia.
Maria has been studying with Shiva Rea since 2000 which led her to coordinate Shiva’s International Yoga Teacher Training Program and served as the Prana Flow Affiliate Certification Coordinator for five years. She has been involved in health, Yoga and Pilates instruction for over 15 years. In addition to offering teacher training, workshops and retreats world-wide, Maria has completed programs at both the Kripalu School of Ayurveda and the world-renowned Ayurvedic Institute with Dr. Vasant Lad. She has written several articles for local and international publications, including Yoga Journal, Simple Living and Ayurveda Today and has been a featured presenter at Vancouver and Toronto Yoga Conferences.
Maria is dedicated to a life-long study, practice and teaching of both Yoga and Ayurveda. Celebrating over 20 years of study in Medical and Biological Sciences, Philosophy, Ayurveda and Yoga, Maria’s teachings offer a grounded yet transformative approach to living, being, and embodying Yoga. Blending the knowledge she has gathered from her studies with her yearly trips to India, she leads dynamic, liberating classes and trainings that embody the alchemy of all these disciplines and teachings.
She is currently the Ayuryoga Department Manager at the Ayurvedic Institute, is on faculty and leads the Ayuryoga certification programs. Maria also serves as a co-teacher for Shiva Rea’s Living Ayurveda Consultant program and is on the teaching staff for Samudra School of Living Yoga Prana Flow certification programs worldwide.
Maria is a member of Yoga Alliance (YA), National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA), and the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), and Serves on the NAMA Standards Committee for Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Accreditation.