Artist & Tantra Yoga Counselor (E-RYT, YACEP)
Maria Borghoff is a student and teacher of Tantra Yoga with a devoted personal practice since 2009. She studied Fibers & Ceramic Sculpture at Appalachian State University in the mountains of North Carolina and holds a BFA in Studio Art. Raised by two scientists and the Roman Catholic church, Maria came to Yoga in the midst of physical and emotional pain that seemed overwhelming and unmanageable. Her innate sense of curiosity and intuition guided her to explore mind-body wisdom in order to reclaim her health and authentic sense of self.
As a teenager, Maria began Yoga with a very disciplined and structured approach, influenced by anatomy and the alignment-based teachings of Iyengar, Bikram, Ashtanga and Integral Yoga. As an undergraduate, she continued her training in Hatha and Bhakti Yoga while also exploring the practical application of human health services, both locally and abroad. Maria worked as a crisis-line volunteer & shelter manager for OASIS, a non-profit organization that serves survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Her training consisted of basic neuroscience, trauma assessment, and the foundations of social advocacy. Maria also traveled to Chennai, India with the ASU Department of Social Work to study the widespread demand of public health services. She visited non-profits serving abandoned elderly and mentally-ill children, as well as grassroots micro-finance organizations helping women to gain financial independence. Maria strangely felt at home in India, and felt the greatest amount of culture-shock upon her arrival back in the US. Maria also served as a Mental Health Ambassador for the ASU Counseling Center. She taught classes and organized community events to promote access to mental health resources and decrease the negative social stigma of emotional disorders. Her role was to educate students about the symptoms of anxiety, depression, and suicide so they would be more equipped and informed to help themselves and their peers.
Over the years, Maria has learned that self-care is essential in the field of social justice. When overwhelmed by the amount of suffering in the world, she has learned to turn her awareness inward and fight the battles that exist within her own heart. As both a Yoga practitioner and intimate partner, Maria accidentally began exploring the Tantric secrets of sexual energy in the beginning of her relationship with John. When emotional tension would arise and communication became challenging, they would practice Partner Yoga until they felt a sense of connection, mutual respect, and resolution. They continue to practice together daily in order to be more open, truthful, vulnerable and intimate in every aspect of their life. Maria’s personal practice is enriched by studying body energetics and spiritual philosophy through the lens of Sri-Vidya Tantra Yoga, Ayurveda, Buddhism and Goddess Psychology. Her hunger for knowledge has led her to self-study the correlations between Yoga and Positive Psychology, Nutrition, Cognitive Behavior Therapy Model, Somatic Expression, Social Inclusivity and LGBTQ+ Community Values.
At the heart of Maria’s work is the desire to co-create. She is a registered Yoga teacher with 500+ hours of training and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider with 1000+ hours of teaching. Her students are curious and courageous people who are genuinely seeking connection and deeper understanding. She inspires people to embody their creative power in order to build a more peaceful and harmonious planet. Maria works with individuals, couples, creative entrepreneurs, artists, educators, and health practitioners. She offers private counseling, group classes, online courses, sacred ceremony and holistic design.
Maria currently lives in Atlanta, GA and makes meditation music to cultivate faith. She is wildly inspired by her husband, John, who is a geologist, rock climber and budding chef. Maria spends her time writing, drawing, drinking herbal infusions, and talking to plants while she dreams of building a homestead and opening a retreat center that values the wisdom of indigenous traditions.