Originally from the farm country of mid-Michigan, USA, Marisa began travelling in 2005 and eventually settled in beautiful Tasmania with her husband, Ben. Marisa first began yoga in 2007. She completed her Yoga Alliance RYT-200 at the Kashmir Shaivism School of Yoga in Dharamsala, India in 2014, focusing on Vinyasa Flow and Iyengar methods.
A chance meeting in a café in India introduced her to the Critical Alignment method. Critical Alignment’s unique way of drawing connections between anatomy, philosophy, and yoga practice piqued her interest. She became dedicated to the practice upon discovering that it was helping to mitigate longstanding imbalances from doing outdoor sports. She travelled to Malaysia in 2015 and 2016 to train to Level IV in Critical Alignment Yoga and its restorative applications, with founder Gert van Leeuwen. She founded Yoga of the Isle in 2017 with the aim of sharing Critical Alignment with athletes, workers, and yoga practitioners in Tasmania.
Marisa’s classes use the Critical Alignment progression through relaxation, coordination, movement, and strength, helping to release the muscle tension that creates structural imbalances in the skeleton. They create a space for practitioners to reconnect with the body, focus the mind and rediscover the intimate link that human beings share with each other and the natural world. She has taught across ages and backgrounds, gym, and corporate environments, and in many glorious outdoor spaces around the world.