Why exercise?

Why exercise?

Exercise is the closest thing I know to the ‘Fountain of Youth!’ So, here is a little about the buffet of exercise classes that I offer…


About exercise…

Specific exercises can help you handle STRESS and CHALLENGES, become STRONGER, more FLEXIBLE and achieve a better QUALITY OF LIFE.

My classes are experiences of self discovery, self awareness and fun! We workout, play-out and work-in to develop well-being.

Check out my HEALTHY LIVING BUFFET of exercises. As your personal fitness chef, I’ll cook-up a plate of international fitness variations for your delight!


Maria Lauren is currently on-staff as a Healthy Living Educator/Motivator at Kaiser Permanente and Corporations in the Los Angeles area.




In my YOGA classes, you’ll practice deep breathing, stretches and postures to feel stronger, more flexible and more relaxed in an awareness of your body, mind and spirit in unity and balance.


In my PILATES classes, you’ll strengthen and stretch your total body especially your core: back, abdominals, buttock and thighs for a leaner look. The use of ‘exercise bands’ adds resistance training to increase your muscle strength and bone density.


In my TAI CHI FITNESS classes, you’ll focus on aligning healing energy (Chi) through slow movements and breathing techniques that gives an aerobic effect for better heart health and stress relief. Qigong and other exercise techniques are also performed to increase your balance, flexibility, muscle and bone strength.


In my DANCE GROOVE classes you’ll have fun ‘movin-n-groovin’ with Latin and international dance rhythms including an introduction to Zumba for better cardiovascular health that will help your body to burn fat. Specific exercises are added to the mix to improve your body strength and agility for your balanced fitness. (Flexible/athletic shoes are recommended to wear in class.)





Play with me! My rich experience in fitness and continued education helps me to renew you. Seeing my clients achieve better wellbeing does my heart good and my body too!

Be well,

Maria Lauren, AKA MariaElena Alberici

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Yoga and Tai Chi to release stress and increase health!


“Breathe into well-being with a grateful heart.”

– Maria Lauren, (AKA Maria Elena Alberici)

Who doesn’t want some stress reduction? The stress hormones that are produced by your adrenal glands are decreased when you take a deep breadth while paying attention to specified Yoga postures or Tai Chi movements.

The brain has an effect on your well-being, the subcortical regions of the brain, to be exact. Most exercise dominates the cortex part of the brain. However, the meditative practice of Yoga and Tai Chi dominates the sub-cortex region of the brain. What a relief!

Self-awareness and self acceptance is increased as new energy fills your body when you inhale and old energy leaves your body when you exhale. No one is perfect but you are renewing yourself with every breath heightening introspection into the connection between your body and mind. As you meditate and/or pray with a grateful heart, a positive and rebuilding nature lifts your spirits too!

Your focus to breathing and movements helps with your concentration, memory and circulation flow to your brain and the rest of your body.

“Calmness is achieved by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system. Unlike other forms of exercise which stimulates the sympathetic nervous system providing a fight-or flight sensation. Yoga has also been shown to lower the levels of hormone neurotransmitters – dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine – which creates a feeling of calm.” – Aerobic and Fitness Association of America, 2013, 2011


The following symptoms are reduced or alleviated through practicing Yoga and/or Tai Chi:

Arthritis, Cancer, Migraines, Constipation, Diabetes, Depression, Back pain, Chronic pain, Chronic bronchitis, Asthma, Parkinson’s disease, Menopause…

If you haven’t explored a Yoga or Tai Chi class, what are you waiting for? The benefits are wonderful. As a Lifestyle Educator at Kaiser Permanente, I teach many different forms of exercise including Tai Chi and Yoga.

  • A shout out to AFAA and NASM re-certification program for fitness enthusiasts and experts to update their knowledge with the latest in health and fitness.

Wishing you all health and vitality,

Maria Lauren, AKA Maria Elena Alberici

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