Ever since Maura was a little girl she knew her life’s purpose was to assist others in their healing journey. When she was 23, she completed her 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher training. Yoga opened the door for a passion to be a lifelong student of body, mind and spirit connection.
Maura completed her massage education at Cortiva Institute where she developed a solid foundation in many skills and modalities. She prefers to blend deep tissue, trigger point, sports massage and injury techniques, combined with reiki, and other deep energetic healing modalities to create a one of a kind, experiential session. Maura truly believes that to heal the body physically, you must also heal from within. She continues to add more techniques to her tool box and works to mature her practice with the body. Maura provides massage and healing sessions and teaches Reiki Fusion Nidra on Sunday evenings.
What do you love about yoga/breath/meditation?
I love the mind, body connection yoga brings. When we are connected to breath, we drop into the present moment and when we are in this space we are in our truth.
Why did you decide to start teaching?
It's no secret, in our society, we are constantly overstimulated. As a result, It's common to experience anxiety, depression and/ or irritability. When we allow ourselves 60 minutes of stillness, we are able to connect out of our heads and into our hearts, and that's where the true magic appears.
How has yoga impacted your healing journey?
When I found yoga I was lost. I knew there had to be more to life beyond my 3d perception, with little experience with yoga I decided to dive into a 200 hour hatha yoga teacher training. From then on, I became a forever student. Yoga has dramatically changed my life for the better, freeing me from feeling like a prisoner in my own body and for that I am a devoted bhakti yogi.
Kenzie is a curiosity-driven yogi, artist, and traveler, passionate about fostering vitality by holding space for students to connect with their inner selves. She knows yoga to be a transformational healing practice and aims to use it to empower others to find their light and live with authenticity.
What do you love about Yoga?
I love that it is a tool to awaken your higher self. There are a lot of notions floating around about what yoga is and isn’t, particularly in the West, but I have come to understand it as a method to perceive and interact with the world in order to feel truly aligned and fulfilled.
Why did you decide to become a yoga teacher?
My original intention to undergo the 200 hour training was part of a personal healing journey that I felt called to. The certification at the end was a nice bonus, but not necessarily what I was after. However, after teaching my first yoga class during my training, I realized that it was such a special gift to be able to hold space for someone else along their own healing journey. Knowing how much yoga had an impact on my life, I see it as a sense of responsibility to pay it forward. I also hope to help lower the barriers to entry to yoga and destigmatize the many reasons that keep people from trying it. Whether it be on the mat or in conversation, I want to broaden our definition of “yoga” and empower others to connect with their inner selves through breath.
How has yoga helped you in your healing journey?
For much of my teenage/young adult life I have struggled with various forms of eating disorders. I was heavily involve in athletics through high school and college, so I was trained to override pain signals and defiantly not listen to my body. Yoga was the one place where the instructor would insist I listen to my body, not silence it out of sheer will power. Ultimately, I got to a dark enough place where I had no choice but to heal from within. I could no longer treat mind and body as separate, but had to understand their place of union. What I didn’t quite realize then but now see as crucially invaluable, is unlocking the third element of Spirit and allowing Spirit to call the shots.
Kenzie Teaches Vinyasa on Wednesday mornings at 630 am.