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Maria Villegas, 200 RYT
Maria started practicing yoga in 2006. While the physical practice got her hooked, Maria later discovered true power of yoga is in its healing properties, the discovery of self, and the quieting of the mind.
Maria was guided through her 200 RYT by Jaime Scates Schmitz, founder of Freedom Seeker Yoga (FSY) in Seattle, which is also where Maria got her start in teaching. Jaime and her experiences at FSY taught Maria how equally freeing it can be to fly on your hands or sit in the quietness of your own space. Moving to Portland in 2016, Maria has enjoyed exploring the Portland yoga scene (as well as food carts and breweries). Finding Flex & Flow was like coming home – to the type of home where both handstands and a-middle-of-class savasana is always welcome. Maria is committed to honoring the roots of traditional yoga (maybe complemented by a hip-hop playlist from time to time).
Outside of the studio, Maria is a social worker. Besides spontaneously doing yoga on the street, she also likes to snowboard, run, and attempts to surf. She equally enjoys sleeping in and lazy Sundays.