Yoga & Meditation Instructor 

John DeMaria

John came to the yogic life later than most. But since arriving he has embraced it wholeheartedly. With the inspirational guidance of Kristin Ritter, John found his path and began his journey to awakening in 2016. Since then, he has continued to transform his mind, body and spirit through the many practices of these ancient traditions. John’s main focus has been on learning and incorporating the philosophy of secular Buddhism into his life. In 2018, John retired from a 35 year career in Information Technology, completed Nourishing Storm’s 200 RYT Teacher Training program and embarked on his new calling. He can now be found sharing his belief that true happiness and inner peace are not the purview of a fortunate few, but rather a treasure to be enjoyed by all who open their mind and heart to it. When not sharing his love with students, patrons and colleagues at “The Storm”, John is happiest tending his vegetable garden and dining out or travelling with his wonderful wife, Sue.

Kristin is a very knowledgeable holistic wellness coach and mentor. I highly look up to her for vigor and really enjoy how much she strives to help people become the best version of themselves. By attending the Spiraling to Wellness workshops, reading the book and attending classes at Nourishing Storm I have found that yoga and journaling really works for me and has become a part of my daily routine. It has taught me to slow down and take time out for me. Yet, also has shown me how to still remain mindful of myself as well as remaining mindful to others. The book includes some short yoga flow routines and healthy recipes that you can do at home which are fun as well. The book is a beautiful and interesting read. - Michelle