Marissa began practicing yoga regularly in 2014 as a way to cross-train for the NYC Marathon. She deepened her practice in 2016 during her pregnancy, and credits yoga with not only helping her through labor and delivery, but also with strengthening the bond between her and her unborn child. Having spent nearly 20 years working in urban education, Marissa has a passion for empowering children of all ages and helping them succeed. She completed her 200 hour training at Yoga Haven with Betsy Kase, and is also certified as a prenatal and postnatal instructor in addition to being a RCYT-95. Marissa is also a Hypnobabies® Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor. She lives in Westchester County with her husband and daughter, and enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling. Her favorite asana is Tree Pose (Vrksasana).