Maria is a New York State certified teacher and has her master’s degree in special education. She attained her degree from St. John’s University and has her certification in Chair Yoga from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.
Maria has taught children and adults of all ages. She has also worked with early intervention programs as a therapist. She is a proud mother of two grown children. She uses aquatics and swimming as her “go to” for fitness, recreation and mindfulness. In addition to her swimming endeavors, Maria teaches yoga and uses its holistic approach to wellness. She has always been drawn to her three passions, teaching, swimming and yoga. She currently is combining the three together in water and on land.
Maria uses creativity to design individual programs to incorporate fitness for the body, mind and spirit. She is sensitive to one’s needs regardless of one’s age or challenge, and hosts a variety of designed lessons from parent-infant, through all levels of American Red Cross levels. Maria is also available to teach Adult Lessons!
Favorite Quote: “Be!” – Maria
“I’ve met with Maria 3 times now, and each time has been really great! I’m progressing, having fun, and the happy glow from my time in the pool with Maria follows me all the way home and is still with me when I climb into bed for the night.
When I phoned the Aquatics office to ask about lessons, I was extremely close to cancelling my membership at Club Fit and had started looking at other places that might offer private swimming lessons for adults as well as aquatic exercise classes. I just wasn’t feeling very happy with my experiences at Club Fit.
I’m so very happy that I picked up the phone and gave the Aquatics side of Club Fit a chance. I love working with Maria, and it seems to me that swimmers are a friendly bunch of people. Now I feel like I found right place.
When I first met Maria, she’d said something about the Club letting its membership know about her “Swimming with Maria” program and assumed that was how I found her. It wasn’t. I’d never heard of the program, but I’m happy to have fallen into it.”
“I have been taking swimming lessons from Maria Alleluia for some time now. I appreciate the methodical and organized way in which she teaches effective swimming. The first lessons involve: (1) water safety; and (2) buoyancy. The training is done so that you fully relax and are confident while in the water.
Maria then teaches methods by which to breathe ( ie. slowly exhaling while your head is in the water and fully inhaling when you come up). Again, the emphasis is on relaxation while breathing. Once these concepts are familiar and your body is trained to relax while buoyant and breathing, the proper movement of the lower body ( hip and leg movement) is taught.
At this point, Maria refers to the movement of your body through the water as a “ vessel”. Breathing and movement of the lower body become, with practice, instinctive. Thereafter, the proper movement of the upper body ( including shoulders, hips, arms and hands) are taught and practiced.
I have found success with Maria’s methods as she breaks the problem of effective swimming down into small parts. As you master one part, you can incorporate another part. In a reasonable period of time, you are swimming effectively and efficiently, in a very relaxed and confident manner. As your practice continues under her supervision, you become a real swimmer.
This is extremely good for your health and well being, as it combines a cardiovascular, strength and flexibility movements.”
“I have been very happy with my lessons with Maria. She is an excellent instructor for the adult learner like myself. I had a phobia about putting my head in/under the water and could not do the crawl stroke, both of which I wanted to overcome. I have made significant progress thanks to the approach Maria uses to desensitize and teach skills. She is very patient and builds one’s mastery one step at a time at a pace that feels comfortable. Maria conveys why each component is important demonstrating a good understanding of body mechanics in the water. She observes the swimmer very carefully and makes suggestions to create success. Most importantly she is very enthusiastic and confidant in her student’s ability to succeed. I strongly recommend her to anyone wanting to enhance their skills and enjoyment of swimming.”