pacha: earth, worlds, duality, cosmos maia: mother, magic, illusion
Maia has been able to hear pacha mama's (mother earths) voice and sense energy blocks in others since she was a little girl. She comes from two generations of inspired female yogis, strong male engineers, scientists and jokesters and an even older lineage of artists. As a young adult her passion for biology, anatomy and human nature led her to undergraduate studies in pre-medicine, archeology and history, these collegiate studies and the many modern day related areas of scientific research have continued to be a corner stone for her practices and teachings. Maia took her collegiate studies into a whole new direction when she began to practice *massage, *shamanism, *yoga and other forms of *energy medicine. This marriage of practices and studies reconnected Maia with her gifts and they have become the foundation for her readings, sessions and workshops: witnessing and allowing the wisdom of life force/spirit/qi to direct the interplay and healing process of the physical and the intangible within each of us.
Maia has been practicing and teaching yoga, massage, bodywork and shamanism for almost two decades. Her studies have taken her from yoga studios in Chicago, to ashrams in the Bahamas and Massachusetts. She has travelled deep into the Amazon and through the mountains and valleys of Peru for indigenous ceremony and regularly attends tipi, sweat lodge, drumming and other plant spirit medicine ceremonies. She has brought her skills to work for amazing clients like Hazelden Treatment Centers, the American Hospital Association, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and The Jaguar Path. The most challenging, deepest work, however, have been the magnificent journeys into her heart.
*Love: Maia uses this word often to describe life force or qi.
*Shamanism: Maia connects mainly with Lakota, Cherokee, Peruvian and Hawaiian medicine teachings and wisdom holders and their students: 50,000 year old + energy medicine practices of the ancient americas. It is her goal, by walking this path as a modern day shaman and earth keeper, to teach others how to heal themselves and their communities.
*Yoga: Maia has practiced and studied hatha yoga through the Sivananda, Kripalu, Forrest and Jaguar Path traditions, and tantric yoga through the Kundalini and Shiva Rea traditions.
*Energy Healing: Maia's energy work encompasses but is not limited to cranial sacral, the art of stillness touch, kundalini and shamanism.
Massage: Maia has a clinical massage background with a BA minor in pre-medicine.