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Classes based in Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Budokon and Qi Gong

What students are saying

"I am 71 and suffer from lower back pain, bursitis, tight hips and post surgical restricted rotator cuff . Highly active, my MO was to push through the pain, engage in PT, occasional massage and inconsistent exercise. While participating in Marisa’s class 2x a week (which combines gentle Vinyasa yoga, controlled breathing, Qi Gong , I have experienced increasing strength with a new awareness of next steps, increased flexibility in my hips and groin, range of motion and a tool to reduce anxiety and approach presence in my life. Marisa personally adjusts the program to address her students’ needs. I myself have broken a few barriers of belief through this practice opening up my body compassionately to new levels of health and well being years of PT have not touched. "

Melissa O’Dell

What is Qi Gong?

Qi Gong is an important branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine known as “Chinese Yoga” and has significant similarities to Tai Chi, as both work on Qi and life. In a practice, body movement, breathing techniques, sound, meditation and mind activity are used to directly work on Qi – our energy or life force.

Qi Gong is a powerful and effective tool for preventing illness and improving health and it's postures are accessible to all ages. It strengthens and balances the whole body, including the organs and the immune system. It helps to calm the mind so the practitioner can find a balanced, relaxed and harmonious state more easily and more often.  

Classes in Qi Gong are combined with traditional Vinyasa yoga and are traditionally practiced outside in nature. Our connection to the Tao, or being in harmony with nature , is expressed through the movements and pacing echoed in Qi Gong, ideally practitioners are barefoot on the earth as well.  

What is the Difference Between Vinyasa and Ashtanga Yoga?

Ashtanga is a disciplined style of yoga brought to the west by K. Pattabhi Jois, it is said to be the classical Indian Yoga. The postures are always practiced in the same sequence and are held for 5 breaths, and unity between breath, gaze and bandhas (core locks) are the physical focus.  

Whereas Vinyasa yoga draws from the same postures as Ashtanga it is a more varied and fluid practice often times one breath per posture which is why it is sometimes referred to as a flow. The postures are creatively sequenced to create opening in various parts of the body and the class is set to music.  

What is Budokon Yoga?

"The way of the warrior spirit" is the direct translation of the word Budokon. It is a combined practice to build strength and mobility  by combining yoga with elements of martial arts, calisthenics and animal locomotion.  The practice speaks to me in it's pacing and dance like gracefulness. I pepper aspects of this practice into each of my Vinyasa classes. 

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Cooking Classes 

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Cook with me on Zoom

Sometimes we just want company in the kitchen. Each week I create a new recipe to share on zoom and make with you. Lets have fun together and I'll share why eating clean can keep our bodies and minds strong and lean and shining bright. We'll talk about gut health, adaptogens, organic, plant based and many more complex nutrition hot topics while creating dinner together. Book a class by Friday and an ingredient list will be emailed to you for our meet on Mondays at 5pm on the east coast.