Marisa Toriggino has three decades of experience teaching yoga, as a studio owner and co-founder of Yoga Garden SF, and in training teachers in both the San Francisco Bay Area and in her ancestral country, Italy. Her signature Yoga for Motherhood in-person training program and online videos blend yoga and psychology, as well as powerful techniques to help students heal and grow, resulting in healthier pregnancies and better birth outcomes for mothers and babies.. Marisa’s prenatal curriculum, which follows the guidelines of the American Medical Association’s Guide for Exercise During Pregnancy, is increasingly popular and used in yoga studios around the world. Marisa’s yoga classes provide a warm, nurturing and safe space to help moms connect and build a community around their pregnancy and their growing family. Her students include pregnant women, birth professionals and educators from across the globe, including remote areas of Russia to urban centers in Europe and the Middle East. Marisa has studied with many of the founders of what is broadly known as modern postural yoga, including: BKS Iyengar and Geeta Iyengar (founders of Iyengar yoga), Sharon Gannon and David Life (founders of Jivamukti Yoga), Dharma Mitra (founder Dharma Yoga Center), Yogi Bhajan (founder of Kundalini yoga), and Swami Kriyananda (direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda and founder of Ananda yoga).
Marisa became a certified yoga instructor in 2000, and currently has the following credentials with Yoga Alliance: E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500, RPYT®, YACEP®. In 2008 she was among the first to write a prenatal yoga teacher training curriculum that was honored by Yoga Alliance. As a result Yoga for Motherhood™ is a credentialed Prenatal Yoga School (PYS) and all students have the opportunity to be Registered Prenatal Yoga Teachers (RPYT) upon completion of her program.
Marisa earned a BA from UC Berkeley; completed the UCSF Osher Center training in Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting Training for Health Professionals; is Certified by the Rudolf Steiner college in Administration for Spiritually-based Organizations; and is an active Member of the Association of Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH) where she is also completing their Prenatal and Perinatal Educator (PPNE) Certificate Program. Marisa is also is the mother of two daughters, and a native Californian who currently splits her time between Marin County, California and in her ancestral country, Italy.
Marisa leads events, retreats and trainings for all individuals with an interest in the benefits of this practice for body and mind in the U.S. and Italy.