Meet Your Yoga Instructor - Marissa

Hi Everyone, I am Marissa- your StrongMom’s Yoga Instructor.  You may or may not know, but our Monthly Yoga Subscription program is open RIGHT NOW!  Please follow this LINK to check out more information...

Today, I wanted to take a walk down memory lane for a minute or two and share my recent yoga journey with you. And maybe you can even relate a little bit ;)

Although- I have been practicing on and off for years, these past two years have really brought me to where I am today. 

2 years ago:

I was in the very beginning of my pregnancy (with my daughter) and quite miserable with sciatic nerve pain. I could barely walk and we had just moved to Kansas City. It was rough. I found a wonderful chiropractor who got my pregnancy body in alignment, but encouraged me to try out prenatal yoga. After a few classes- I realized I could practice at home and I watched a lot of at home yoga videos. I felt it fit my crazy schedule as a photographer much better than trekking to the gym or to the yoga studio. I firmly believe between chiropractic care and yoga it made all the difference in the world in my delivery. 

After having my daughter in January of 2017, I struggled with some postpartum anxiety (PPA). There was so much change in my life that it was really hard for me to cope. I found this wonderful Mommy and Me yoga program and I fell in love with it. It was like my entire yoga journey led me to that moment. I hardly missed a class- unless my daughter was sick or I was off traveling to a wedding or to see my family. Even still, in the back of my mind, yoga was always there. This practice not only offered me some new friends (remember I’m a newbie to the KC area) but it offered me a set of skills to cope with my PPA. After a few months- I started searching for a yoga teacher training. I felt that if Yoga could help me through my first few months as a new mother- why couldn’t I help share what I had learned with similar moms who were currently in my shoes? 

I found a few training's in the Kansas City area, but the one that landed in my lap was through Yoga Liberty and Shiva Rae’s Samudra Global School of Living Yoga. It was the perfect fit- not only was it close to my house but it was where I found yoga for EVERYONE. Through my Prana Vinyasa Teacher Training I learned how to make yoga accessible for all people- and my dream of teaching moms, kids, and their families yoga is coming true as I write this. 

I currently practice yoga daily and if I miss a day- I know it. No matter if I get in 5 minutes or a full 75/90 minute practice I savor every moment.  Being the mom to a 1 year old has made my yoga time even more important and I know my practice is beneficial for my daughter too.  Ultimately, I hope to encourage her to be mindful and utilize yoga in her daily life too. 

Thanks for reading along.  If you made it this far - please take a minute to check out our current Yoga offerings at StrongMoms Barbell Club:

1) StrongMoms Monthly Yoga Subscription.  Officially opens on July 13th.  This program includes 3 yoga sessions per week plus one mindful meditation.  Please check out our information page and read all about it HERE.