Maria Alfaro E-RYT, TRE™ Trainer
Maria is a native Italian living in Santa Cruz, California. She has 26 years yoga experience and extensive training in Iyengar, Ashtanga and Forrest Yoga. She has been teaching Yoga since 1997. Maria was trained in TRE™ by its founder, Dr. David Berceli, in 2004 and she has been teaching his method ever since. She traveled twice to South Africa with Dr. Berceli and she assisted him in numerous TRE™ Level I and Level II trainings both there and in the US. She teaches TRE™ trainings and introductory classes in the US and internationally, creating a supportive and compassionate environment which makes people feel safe.
Maria is known for her sense of humor.
In collaboration with Dr. Berceli, Maria and Jennica Mills have developed a teacher training designed to integrate the healing benefit of yoga with Dr. Berceli’s development of neurogenic tremoring.
For many years she taught several weekly yoga classes in Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley while now her focus has shifted to Neurogenic Yoga and TRE™ trainings and workshops. Maria continues to teach week long yoga retreats in Southern Italy.
Maria has also been studying Martial Arts since 1999, training in the Yang and Chen styles of Tai Chi, becoming accomplished in the long set of both styles, in the Chinese Broad Sword and in the Straight Sword. She taught the Short Yang Set for 3 years in San Jose, CA.
Maria has received certifications for her training in Reiki and Esalen Massage. She has an eclectic background that includes living at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA, for 18 months in 1993 and 1994. There she participated in the life of the community and the work/study program, taking many enriching workshops, seminars and trainings including Gestalt Therapy, Bio-Drama, Tantra, Shamanism, Massage, Spiritual Massage, Voice and theatrical expression, Painting and more. She also spent a few years in Asia, mainly in India and Indonesia, studying yoga and meditation (Zen and Vipassana).