My wife and I have been practicing yoga with Maude for more than a couple months now and we have had a pleasant experience. I was introduced to Maude through a common friend when that friend of mine learnt that I have had a shoulder pain. Maude took some time that day, did a video call with me and gave a few exercises that helped me alleviate the pain. After a week, I called her and asked if she would help me with yoga practices that shall suit for my wife and me. She understood from us in our first call on what we typically do at home in terms of exercise and the common issues we have faced and then has been helping us practice yoga with her. We love her jovial nature packed with a great teacher that loves her students. Her listening skills are “amazing”! We wait for class ever week curiously like children.
I had the privilege of attending one of Maude's classes while visiting NC and I enjoyed it immensely. Before the class started, I remember her taking the time to ask the participants about specific conditions she should be aware of. She was patient enough to work with me (and my many limitations due to hip surgery) and was more than happy to teach modifications whenever needed. She not only did this with me but with every other student that required it. To me, this demonstrates a level of care and sincerity not very common in teachers these days.
I was so glad to learn that Maude finally has online classes. It is perfect for people like me who live far away. I just took her "Deep Stretch - Upper Body" class and she was just as I remember: technical and thoughtful, caring and thorough. The session has also relieved me of my periodic back pain and I'm now committed, more than ever, to continue my yoga journey. I have to thank Maude for being such a great teacher and inspiration!
Tisha Mae S.
Maude is technical, yet organic. Commanding, and yet pleading. She compelled us to explore…to be...and to forgive. I just fell in love.
In short, you bring awareness and forgiveness to me, as your student. Awareness of my entire being – my breath, my wrinkles between the eyes – you just seem to know when I/we are holding our breaths and might be tense and your reminders to release have helped me in other stressful situations. Your connectivity to the movements and breath and tension the human body holds makes you a SUPREME teacher. It is all about breathing through it and that extra air…oxygen…helps to relieve the tension.
And forgiveness – you always make us feel ok if we are not all Seane-Corn or Shiva-Rea in our poses, our expression and limit of it is just perfect the way it is. You encourage and you forgive.
When I leave your class, I feel cared for, even pampered and that carries with me to pay it forward and to be kind. Always.
All this said you are still commanding in your teaching style, but you also plead with us to be and do the best we can. It is simply perfection.
And while yoga has become my normal routine, it is anything but routine. Each class is a new adventure, something I truly look forward to. Maude takes a special interest in each of her students, learning their names, hobbies, and aches and pains. She knows about this student’s ankle issues and that student’s shoulder injury and plans for modified poses to better suit them.
Each week she comes with a new story, book recommendation or passage to share – all with a message that comes back to healing. Maude’s presence is both calming and empowering, always encouraging us, “let your breath be your soundtrack”. I leave class feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of the week.
Maude is not just an instructor. She is a teacher who takes the time to know her students well. Her classes are witty and soft-hearted yet urging for discipline. When I walk out of her class, I always feel like a new person.
You could not remotely consider me a Yogi but my private sessions with Maude have made me believe in the power of Yoga. Maude has a very pragmatic approach to her teaching. She is never intimidating yet she doesn't make light of my need to be more disciplined and focused. I truly look forward to our sessions.
Maude doesn't sound like the typical Yoga teacher. She actually converses with you and talks to you like she would outside the studio. This makes newbies and seasoned students feel equally comfortable in her class. She is technical and very intentional. She always comes prepared. I am so grateful to have found a teacher like Maude!