Maria Radloff

Maria Radloff Maria Radloff specializes in practicing and teaching ashtanga yoga and sanskrit. Following in the footsteps of her teachers Dave Oliver and Cheryl Hall Oliver in Scottsdale, Arizona, Maria brings more than just asana to her classes. Her classes always include Vedic chant, Sanskrit and a few tips and stories from Vedic philosophy and Ayurveda. Maria has been practicing yoga for ten years, most of it in ashtanga vinyasa yoga. She has a dedicated home practice in ashtanga yoga, but always loves to venture out to a class with friends. She has traveled around the world studying ashtanga with various teachers. Maria has been studying Ayurveda, yoga philosophy and Sanskrit as well. She is currently enrolled in Philosophy classes through the Scottsdale’s School of Practical Philosophy (based in New York City) and has studied Sanskrit directly with Nicolai Bachman. She is also currently enrolled in Ayurveda school. When first starting to learn yoga philosophy, she asked her teacher “How can anybody fit in so many practices and studies to live a yogic life?” The answer was simply to prioritize…and so it was. Her entire day is spent practicing yoga…starting with waking early and meditation, followed by ashtanga and hanging out with her yoga family over a little coffee afterwards. Ayurvedic practices are always interlaced into morning prep, meals and throughout the day’s activities. Most importantly, she practices awareness and surrenders all of her days’ activities to the divine consciousness that we all share.

Yoga Classes

  • Ashtanga

Yoga Schedule

  • Wednesday- 5:15pm
  • Friday- 4:15pm

And Some Fun Questions

What is your yoga style?
I teach/practice Astanga Vinyasa Yoga, Sanskrit and Vedic Chant. I enjoy a good yin practice too.

Who have you studied with and who do you consider to be your teachers?
I have studied under Dave and Cheryl Oliver in Scottsdale, AZ. I have my 500-hour certification. I have been regularly practicing yoga since 2007 and teaching since 2010.

Favorite yoga related books?
The Man Who Wanted to Meet God and the Bhagavad Gita of course!

What do you seek to teach your students?
To breathe, breathe breathe. Also to be present to their practice and honor how they feel that day. And to be 100% themselves…the world should be a colorful place, not an assembly line.

Top 3 favorite asanas in descending order?
You mean besides shavasana, right? I could hang out in shirshasana for awhile – just plain ol headstand. I like backbending and drop backs, although the first one tears me to pieces. And hip stuff – I always sit around in gomukhasana (cow pose).

Favorite limb of yoga?
That’s like asking me what kind of ice cream I like best – all of them. Let’s just say Samadhi because I have no idea what it even is…I mean, I can tell you what a book says it is, but I have never “practiced” it.

Arbitrarily cliche question: How has yoga impacted your life?
It has given me magical powers. I can’t turn invisible yet, but I’m working on it.

Who is your favorite fictional character of all time? Or your favorite novel.
Um, Ariel of the Little Mermaid? A Facebook quiz told me that I am her.

Something interesting about you.
I don’t even know where to start – everything about me is interesting. I’m the funniest girl on the planet.

Favorite restaurant or food?
Well, besides the obvious, pizza and ice cream, I’d say quiche. I rarely eat out at restaurants. Although I do love breakfast just about anywhere.

Two things from your bucket list.
I have no bucket lists. I have done everything already.