Marissa found her way to yoga ten years ago during high school, skeptical of how it could benefit her. With encouragement from a close friend and her first teacher, she stuck with the practice until she eventually fell in love with the calming affect it had on her physical body and chaotic “monkey mind”. Marissa will received her 200 hour with Samudra Studio in Saco. Her classes reflect her own disposition creating a trusting and sunny space to welcome her students. Marissa’s style
can be best described as challenging yet mindful. She believes in cracking a joke or two in tough poses to ease the tension and reminds her students to think of her classes as a moving meditation; a
consciousness linking each physical pose with each inward breath. Currently, Marissa is applying her skills with local athletes to help them realize the importance of yoga as part of a whole-body wellness program. When not on her mat, you can find Marissa reading on the beach, or outdoors somewhere
with her Schnoodle puppy and boyfriend. She also enjoys traveling to visit friends, rooting on all Boston sports teams, playing pond hockey and forever deepening her knowledge of yoga and holistic wellness.
Ellen has been an active athlete her entire life; growing up playing competitive sports and running track.
After graduating from college she found herself struggling to find a work out that suited all her needs. In 2014 Ellen walked into a Barre Studio in Newburyport, MA where she fell in love (for the second time.)
She received her Total Barre Foundations Certificate in August 2017 at Northeast Pilates in Manchester-by-the-sea, MA.
Ellen now lives in Gorham with her husband Tim. In her spare time she enjoys cooking for her family, boating on Sebago Lake, snowmobiling all through out Maine and getting her shake on at the Barre.