marisa

I found yoga during college 5 years ago, and at a time of self-discovery, grueling work hours, and the struggle to achieve balance, yoga was a beacon that guided me through both undergrad and graduate school. Since then, my practice has carried me through all of life’s ups, downs, and crazy transitions. I began teaching yoga using the Baron Baptiste method with Yogis in Service, a non-for profit on Buffalo’s East side, serving populations with limited access to yoga. During this time, I have witnessed first-hand just how powerful a tool yoga is in transforming the lives of people from all walks of life. In addition, teaching chair yoga as well as kids yoga has taught me how to translate my personal love for yoga into a practice that is both effective and accessible to all. As a pediatric Occupational Therapist, I use yoga during each of my sessions as an essential part of treatment for any disability or illness. I believe access to yoga should be accessible to all due to its profound effect on me personally, and on the lives of those I have been lucky enough to serve as a teacher.  I am so grateful to be joining the Flourish Yoga Project, and am so looking forward to continuing my journey as both a student and instructor.