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Karma Spotlight: Maria Ortiz

If you’ve spent any amount of time at our Upper East Side studio, you’ve probably seen Maria practicing, helping clean, or both. Her determination, strength, focus, and integrity in and out of the room are hard to miss.

Q: How do you stay motivated to practice?
A: I always look forward to how I will feel after class : Calm, Balanced, and less angry!

Q: How long have you been practicing yoga?
A: 10 years

Q: What brought you to bodē nyc?
A: The convenience of 4 locations and when I took class and loved the teachers that kept me coming here.

Q: What do you enjoy most about being a Karma Yogi?
A: The customers, the staff, and the teachers. The interaction with everyone is rewarding.

Q: How many classes a week do you take?
A: I would love to do it everyday but I shoot for 6 classes a week: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Q: What profession are you in?
A: I’ve worked for UPS now for 28 years. I had different positions – I started as a part time high-value clerk, then billing, payroll, and currently I’m an Operation Management Specialist. There never is a dull moment at work. So many parts make UPS run. People have no idea what goes into delivering just one package!

Q: What are your favorite hobbies/passions?
A: I love traveling which I will do more of when I retire in 8-10 years. For now I am a homebody. I love to watch movies and old classic TV shows but when I am not home I love working out. I was a personal trainer and also into Bodybuilding from 1998-2000. I did a few shows I won lightweight division once never won overall but I enjoyed the training and preparing for shows. People see you on stage flexing but have no clue what it takes to get up there. I love taking my 8 year old boxer Buster on long walks. My biggest passion is my son Dayhon G. Wheeler. He’s a 24 year old marine serving in Serbia Embassy Guard deployment. I miss him every day, and I’m so proud of him.

Thank you Maria, for all of your hard work!

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