In my classes, I weave a blend of humor and music, balanced by intelligently sequenced asana, pranayama and ancient yoga philosophy. I strive to provide a full spectrum yogic experience in each and every class.
For me, yoga is more than interesting poses or flexibility. Yoga is a way of living. This practice is a sacred and unique conversation between the body, breath and awareness. But, it’s also fun, creative, laughable, surprising, (at times frustrating!), and a great teacher in and of itself. It is a gift.
When I’m not teaching yoga, you might catch me cruising on my antique bike, singing loudly in my car, hiking with my husband or hanging in the sun with my kids in my arms.
I’ve moved from city to city, faced changes and unexpected paths – surfing the constant ebb and flow of my own yoga and breath practice help me embrace the journey of life with an open heart and trust. This trust in the unexpected, that letting go is safe, the realization that everything WILL be ok, is the gift of practice that I hope to share with my students.
I completed my initial vinyasa yoga training in Washington, DC at Flow Yoga Center, a teachers’ immersion with Seane Corn in 2012, and another teachers’ immersion with Maty Ezraty in 2013. I have received the gift of learning from countless wise teachers, including many students along the way and my two small children.
(Note: Carissa, Breathing Room’s owner, moved to the Philadelphia area in August 2013, where she also teaches! She travels back to Breathing Room monthly to teach and direct our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training School.)