Carissa took her first yoga class in 2002. Over the years, she’s explored various methods and used yoga as a supplement to running. During the winter of 2014, Carissa began a regular hot yoga practice for weight loss. Not only did she enjoy the benefits of a healthier physique, but also noticed how a regular practice helped her find balance in other aspects of her life. In January 2016, Carissa completed her 200-hour teacher training at Surya Yoga Academy under the guidance of Anayra Calderon and Victoria Arvizu. In June 2017, she completed an additional 100 hours of teacher training with Anayra Calderon, focusing on the Yin practice. Carissa enjoys sharing her passion for yoga with others. She hopes to bring her students the strength, stability, and mindfulness that helped shape her own practice. Carissa teaches a well-sequenced flow to upbeat music, focusing on alignment as well as coordination of the body, mind, and breath. You can expect to work up a sweat, play with an arm balance or an inversion, and still find some time for meditation in her class.