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

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

Groove Forward Yoga empowers people to create positive change through Tantra Yoga education, therapeutic essentials and community support. We help people enhance their health, deepen their relationships and enrich their life by offering group classes, private sessions, online courses, and professional training.

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.

Community Founder

Maria Borghoff (E-RYT, YACEP) has been teaching Yoga since 2011, and holds a BFA in Studio Art from Appalachian State University. Born in North Carolina, Maria was raised by two scientists and an orthodox church. Her innate sense of curiosity, artistic vision and intuition led her to study Tantra Yoga, Energetic Anatomy, and Goddess Psychology in order find a spiritual practice that felt honest and authentic.

Maria now writes songs to cultivate faith and aims to inspire a sense of majesty and connection with everyone she meets. She teaches people to embody their creative power and channel their sexual energy in order to build a more peaceful and harmonious planet.

At the heart of Maria’s work is the desire to co-create.

She works with individuals, couples, and creative entrepreneurs - artists, educators, and health practitioners. Maria offers Tantric Readings, Yoga & Therapeutic Essentials, Meditation & Spiritual Coaching, as well as Sacred Ceremony Design.

Maria currently makes her home in Atlanta, GA with her wildly inspiring husband, John. She dreams of starting a band, building a homestead, and opening a retreat center that values the wisdom of indigenous traditions and serves people from all backgrounds.


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


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


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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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

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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


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


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.

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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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


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


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


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.


Want to join the movement? Please contact Maria using the form below.

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