As an oncology healthcare practitioner, teacher and writer, Maida believes in the power of the body, and the importance of taking care of it. She attended her first yoga class 16 years ago to balance the stress and strain of marathon running, and has not stopped practicing since. The connection of the mind, body, and spirit is vital, and taking time to devote oneself to yoga offers rewards on and off the mat.
Maida attended Boston Yoga School and is currently completing her studies with Larisa Forman, a 500-hour yoga teacher. She has been teaching and practicing extensively over the past year, and incorporates influences and inspiration from her favorite teachers. She leads a slow, thoughtful sequence of poses designed to strengthen the body and open the soul. She focuses on moving with intention and alignment, and infuses a meditative quality to her classes.
Maida currently works as a Program Manager at the Henri and Belinda Termeer Center for Target Cancer Therapy at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She is a former instructor at Harvard Medical School; has a Master’s Degree In Journalism from Harvard University; and is a freelance health journalist, tutor and yoga teacher.
Class with Maida
Maida’s classes are characterized by a slow, deliberate set of asana, linked together with breath, instruction and alignment cues. Pranayama and meditation are incorporated into each class, which blends strength and flexibility, tapas and restoration. There is an emphasis on transitions to create an invigorating and balancing practice.