Marisa Benson

Marisa Benson

This picture was taken on the top of Masada National Park in Israel in 2018!

Marisa has a bachelor’s degree from Keene State College in Exercise Science. She received her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in Thailand from Wise Living Yoga Academy and is Reiki Level I certified. Marisa has been an athlete most of her life. At the age of nine she began competing in gymnastics and continued for six years. In high school she was a three-sport varsity athlete. She felt particularly passionate about field hockey and pursued this sport in college. After playing field hockey at Keene State for two years she felt a deeper calling and turned to yoga. Since then she has been practicing yoga for seven years and teaching for three. Marisa is inspired to bring yoga into the work she does with youth. She knows that yoga’s deep spiritual teachings can give children the tools they need to thrive in life. In her classes she focuses on breath, play, and self-care. When she is not teaching yoga, she is working as a Youth Programs Advisor. She also loves to paint, draw, read, sing, dance, meditate, and cook in her free time!

What do you remember about your first yoga class?
I remember feeling deeply relaxed and present.

How has practicing yoga impacted your life?
It has transformed the way I relate to my body, mind and spirit. I feel lucky to have come into a practice that is not just physical but a guide for my life.

What is your favorite yoga asana and why?
I love Halasana or Plough Pose because it opens my spine, lengthens my neck and brings new blood to my brain. Although it can be intense I find its impact on my body to be powerful and nourishing.

What is your favorite yoga-related book/movie?
If the Buddha Got Stuck by Charlotte Kasl
I love this book because it’s a empowering blend of spiritual and psychological wisdom.

What is your favorite inspirational/spiritual passage or quote?
The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
— Rumi

What is something others might not know about you?
I am passionate about ecstatic dance and poetry.