Maddie took her first yoga class at the age of 19, after finishing her first year of college. She initially stepped into hot yoga as a way to get in shape, but quickly she noticed a difference in how she felt both physically and mentally following a hot, powerful, breath-focused practice. It wasn't until about 4 years later, after graduating from college, that she really fell in love with yoga and made it an integral part of her life. Initially a fan of Bikram style yoga, Maddie was hesitant to switch to vinyasa, fearful that it wouldn't be as challenging or transformative. When she took her first class at Shakti however, she left feeling more physically energized and mentally shifted than ever before. She noticed herself dialing inward, working through emotional blocks, and gradually feeling happier, healthier, and overall lighter. Going through her 200 hour teacher training with Sid McNairy in the summer of 2013 only made matters better, leading Maddie to truly fall in love with yoga. Today, yoga is a daily part of Maddie's life, in teaching and practicing, both on and off her mat. She finds true joy holding space for her students to sweat, work, grow, laugh, and love.