Born in Italy, Maria Elena left her native country at the age of 18 to pursue her training as a professional dancer in New York at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. It was in New York that she discovered the Pilates method, which helped her overcome a serious injury.
In 2002 she obtained her certification as a Pilates teacher with Jennifer Stacey.
At the same time, she continues to explore various disciplines and follows a complete Hatha Yoga training in 2012 with Jean Louis and Francis Gianfermi in Paris, according to the teachings of Swami Satyananda.
She discovered the Garuda method in 2016 and it was obvious, love at first sight. This method summarizes all his previous experiences but at the same time opens up a whole new dimension. She began her Garuda training in 2017 in London with James D’Silva. She is now Master Trainer Garuda in France alongside Eva Winskill.
Maria Elena lives in Paris and teaches at Studio M which she founded in 2007.