Maria Czechowski, OTR, RYT-500, AYS, YACEP, owner of Lifepath Yoga Center LLC, is a Registered Occupational Therapist with 30+ years of clinical experience. Maria has been a lifelong practitioner of yoga. Upon sustaining spinal injuries in an accident, she committed to a daily yoga practice and experienced first-hand the profound healing benefits to mind, body, and spirit that yoga provides. Inspired, Maria became a yoga teacher, receiving her advanced 500-hr. yoga teacher certification through the Himalayan Institute, and registration through Yoga Alliance. Maria’s passion for learning natural healing practices led her to further her studies and receive certifications in the life science of ayurveda, an advanced certification in pranayama and meditation, as well as certifications in Qigong/Tai Chi Easy and Yoga Nidra.
Maria enjoys sharing her knowledge of the life science of ayurveda in such a way that learners can gain valuable insight into themselves to enable self-healing. Her many years practicing as an occupational therapist have given her the ability to effectively assist and guide her Ayurveda Yoga clients on their journey toward optimal health, balance, and joyful, inspired living.
She brings warmth, compassion, and sensitivity to her yoga, ayurveda, and Qigong/Tai Chi teachings, and gains great joy in witnessing the multitude of benefits her students gain from the practices.
Maria is committed to living simply and authentically, incorporating Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga and the principles of ayurveda into her daily life. She lives in a small log home surrounded by 5 acres of forest, where she enjoys grooming and maintaining nature trails and mindful hiking. In her free time, Maria travels to the Adirondack Mountains with her husband and Pomeranian Husky to climb mountains.
As a violinist with the Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra, Maria is passionate about beautiful music, which leads her to creating rejuvenating, inspiring, and relaxing instrumental playlists for her Yoga and Tai Chi classes.