Hi, I’m Marisa… yoga nerd, friend of fascia, acupuncture student, mom. Some of you in NYC already know me as a teacher of Kula Flow, in which nerdy instruction and juicy flow are not mutually exclusive. I went off the yoga radar for a few years to have a kid and trade my leggings for a lab coat as I embarked on studying Chinese Medicine in British Columbia. Since then, my perspectives on movement have shifted in subtle ways.
My current obsession is exploring the overlaps between an old friend, myofascial maps of western anatomy and the Chinese meridian system. This adds a new dimension to my teaching: asana sequencing inspired by how myofascia affects organ systems with reference to the elements that represent those systems, and ultimately, how this is reflected in the Shen, aka Heart-Mind.
I’ve been teaching for 15 years, a decade of which was spent at both Kula Yoga Project and Bend & Bloom, as well as teaching private clients all over the city. The trainings which have influenced me the most are:
- Yoga Union’s 500-hr level with Alison West, including Yoga for Backcare & Scoliosis
- Kula Yoga Project’s Advanced 75-hr Intensive with Schuyler Grant
- Threes Physiyoga Method’s 100-hr Advanced Training
- Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (DTCM) at Pacific Rim College (in progress)
I currently live on Vancouver Island. When I’m not teaching, studying, or treating patients in my college’s acupuncture clinic, I’m usually exploring tide pools with my daughter.
Words cannot fully convey how much The Connective’s mission aligns with my ethos, and how excited I am to get to know its community better.