GROOVE (v) to move harmoniously with internal & external rhythms

FORWARD (v) to help advance or progress on to a further destination

We teach people how to deepen their relationships and enrich their life through Tantra Yoga practice and community support.

Groove Forward collaborates with Yoga teachers, students, artists, and integrative health practitioners who are actively working towards wellness.

Core Beliefs

Every individual has the power to create positive change.

A peaceful world is possible if we cultivate peace within ourselves.

Human health is the most valuable natural resource.

We all have a responsibility to revolutionize the way we exist in the world.

A successful spiritual practice is measured by the quality of our relationships.

Learning is essential in the healing process.

Creativity is vital in the translation and application of science.

Thriving communities are born from self-sufficient individuals who choose to collaborate.


Curator & Founder

Maria Borghoff (E-RYT, YACEP) is a spiritual artist in the Southern United States.

Born in North Carolina, Maria was raised by two scientists and an orthodox church. Every day, she walks the path of healing and self-discovery - her life purpose to re-awaken the majesty and interconnected nature of all beings.

Maria has been teaching Yoga since 2011, and holds a BFA in a Studio Art from Appalachian State University. She publishes a Tantra Yoga Online Magazine and writes songs to cultivate faith. Maria leads a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training and offers Private Yoga & Tantric Readings for individuals, couples and creative entrepreneurs. As the founder of Groove Forward, Maria collaborates with artists and health practitioners to build a more peaceful and harmonious planet. She makes her home and navigates the beautiful complexities of modern relationship with her husband, John, who is a geologist, environmental engineer, and budding rock climber. Maria shares the wisdom of her personal practice and hopes to inspire love and magic in everyone she meets.

@mariaborghoff


Creative Health Community

Co-Founder

John Russell is a geologist based in Atlanta, GA, and holds a Master’s degree in Geoscience. He currently works on federal environmental restoration sites across the country in order to remediate soil and groundwater contamination according to EPA standards. John enjoys hiking, climbing and exploring new cooking techniques. @kitchen_freestyle

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Illustrator

Coco Clem is based in Wilmington, NC, and her illustrations take a look at life's truths in an attempt to promote the humor of the human experience. She bathes her scenes in vibrant color to juxtapose the emotions that one has to face to function from a heart-centered space. @cococlemshop

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Contributor

Elisabeth McCachren Mitchell is a mama to three small children, a writer, and a postpartum doula living on a small homestead in the Blue Ridge Mountains of NC. Her studies in tantric yoga and psychology inform all aspects of her life and provide endless brain fodder. Follow her as she finds beauty, makes meaning, and honors the work of motherhood @heartcenteredmamas.

 
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Contributor

Colleen Choate is a dancer, yogi, and writer currently living in Richmond, VA. She recently graduated with a degree in Dance Studies from Appalachian State University, where she researched the possibilities of somatic-based inquiry into writing, movement, and choreography for personal and collective healing. @colleen_leandra

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Contributor

Laura Sofía Zepeda is a lover of art. She is currently working on getting her degree in Psychology while writing, practicing yoga and meditation to keep the creativity flowing. She works with a non-profit organization called Far More Productions that helps people fight suicide and depression and seek to create films that are relatable while offering good-quality content. @laurasofiazep

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Contributor

Joy Johnson (LCSW) is a practicing psychotherapist in the state of Georgia and has been working in the field since 2010. Joy offers creative therapy options to help hardworking people break the burnout cycle for a more balanced and purposeful life @therapywithjoy.

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Collaborator

Jasmine Bradfield is a Certified Doula, 300-hour Yoga Teacher, and Student Midwife. Her work as a birth wellness professional focuses on the whole woman to encourage a healthy transition within self & baby. Jasmine weaves yoga as a lifestyle and discipline to ensure long term well-being. She brings an eclectic style and hypnotic beats to the tradition of movement, breath work, meditation, and healing. @houseofguru

Collaborator

Claire Bilbao is an artist with a degree in Nutrition and a Master's in Expressive Arts Counseling. She resides in Asheville, NC, and her favorites include the smell of roses, the warm touch of sunshine, the taste of raspberries, the sight of a clear blue sky and the feeling of uncontrollable laughter. @fairy_dove

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Collaborator

Rochelle Trudo (LMT, 200-RYT) is a seasoned bodyworker who uses massage and yoga as a way to stay plugged into the rhythms of life. "For me, it’s hard to tell where work ends and the rest of my life begins; for me, they are fluid and overlapping." Rochelle's practice allows her be a better parent and communicator, fulfill her potential, and find inspiration. Her passion lies in helping clients and students find their own purpose, shift energy, and make profound emotional changes in their lives. @moonshed.atx

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Collaborator

Catherine Ragsdale is a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher and nonprofit professional. She has followed a path of healing and growth through her practice. Finding stability, acceptance, and strength through times of personal challenge has laid the foundation for Catherine’s work with others. Catherine engages students in discovering their own inner strength and finding the mental and emotional space to navigate life’s many uncertainties. @catherineelizabethyoga

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Collaborator

Shannon Dalton is the founder and director of Virago, a non-profit organization working to provide resources to survivors of sexual assault as they journey through healing. She actively advocates for survivors through her creative projects and is currently cultivating a concert series, 'Concert For Consent', to raise funds and awareness for Virago. @wearevirago

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Collaborator

Kate McWilliams (MOT) is an Occupational Therapist who studied at Brenau University. She currently works at Emory University Hospital in acute care rehabilitation on the neurological units. She is certified in Physical Agent Modalities and has experience supporting OT/CHTs in an orthopedic outpatient clinic.