Maris teaches a slow and mindful VINYASA FLOW style yoga appropriate for both intermediate and strong beginner students. Her journey began in 2003 with her first yoga class in the Philippines. Coming from a performing arts background, she appreciated that yoga offered something completely different. As she went deeper into her practice, she began to recognize this constant impulse to perform and compete. She loved that the silence and slowness in yoga class provided a refuge from the stressful entertainment industry and the tendency to constantly be "on." In class, she always felt that whatever she was able to do that day was enough and that there was no need for relentless self-judgment and criticism.
This is why her yoga classes are enjoyed by students of varying levels of experience. Maris is excellent at providing options and modifications in class so people can work at the pace and intensity that is right for them at the moment. She creates a welcoming atmosphere with her encouraging tone, clear directions, and calm demeanor. Her teaching style is influenced primarily by her CORE STRENGTH VINYASA trainings with Sadie Nardini.
She is currently based in Kansas City where she teaches public classes and private clients. Her classes are also available on her YouTube channel YOGA UPLOAD. When she is not on the mat, Maris is busy with acting and modeling jobs in town. She is also the host of an Emmy-nominated local TV show, ARTS UPLOAD, on Kansas City Public Television (KCPT).