Marissa Khalaf

About The Teacher


Four years ago, in the final surrender of savasana, tears began to run down the side of Marissa’s face, and it was then that she realized that yoga was much more than just a workout. The mind-body connection that this amazing practice ignites warmed her soul. She fell in love with how the practice empowered her to simply be in the present moment and let go of all expectations and self-doubt. Her passion inspires her to create a comfortable, non-judgmental atmosphere of growth through sequencing, music, and body and breath awareness. Self and experiential exploration allows her to gain relatable knowledge that she believes creates a deeper student-teacher connection. It is Marissa’s goal to spread joy with an open heart and an empathetic ear to her students and beyond.

After obtaining her 200hr yoga teaching certificate, Marissa now manages a high volume yoga studio in the heart of Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. She also teaches vinyasa at Brooklyn boulders, a rock climbing gym, in order for climbers to reap the amazing expansive benefits of a mindful moving practice.



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