Yoga Garden SF Staff
Instructor and Owner
Marisa is one of two partners at Yoga Garden SF and has been part of the team since it opened in 1998. Her areas of responsibility includes Operations and Finance, and she is the primary instructor of the prenatal program which includes weekly classes, workshops and teacher training. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her children, writing poetry and being physically active.
Instructor and Owner
David started practicing yoga to seek relief from chronic back pain and found that yoga was a powerful and dynamic medium to explore the meaning of life. David began teaching in 1998, and has studied Bikram, Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga. He was certified by B.K.S. Iyengar from 2005-2013 and is registered as an ERYT200 with Yoga Alliance. David is passionate about the study and practice of Yoga. David founded Yoga Garden SF in 1998 with Darren Main, Together with Marisa Toriggino, he has owned and operated the Garden since 2004.
Operations & Marketing Manager
With a professional background working in hospitality management, event production and communications strategy throughout New York City and England, Brittany comes to Yoga Garden bringing together her passion for client experience with her love of yoga. As an avid adventurer inspired by global community, she journeyed to Northern India in 2011 to immerse herself in traditional hatha and meditation yogic studies at Rishikesh Yog Peeth. Brittany is an E-RYT200 and an Advanced Unnata® Aerial Yoga instructor. When not traveling, teaching or hanging upside-down in her free time, you can find her exploring other modalities of movement and creative expression through painting, drawing, photography and writing. She also loves snowboarding, spontaneous dance parties and giving great hugs!
Eileen Marie is a writer from the hidden village of Corrales, New Mexico. Her early days of training in ballet, tennis and soccer were transformed in 2007 into a flourishing yoga practice. As the Senior Administrator at Yoga Garden, she helps share the joy of deep practice with old and new students alike, empowering them to teach and grow in their communities. Eileen is a songwriter and freelance journalist passionate about changing the world through the power of true stories. Check out her work HERE. She loves parks, picnics and pugs – preferably all at the same time.
Communications & Marketing
Charmie’s homeland may be the Philippines, but she’s found a piece of home in many countries during her 2 years of backpacking around the world. While she was in India, she deepened her practice by earning her RYT 200 at the Himalayan Yoga Institute and began teaching throughout her travels. She now calls San Francisco home and continues to express her love for creativity through yoga and design as Yoga Garden’s Communications go-to.
Yoga found Kathryn in college and she has incorporated it into her life ever since. In 2014 she deepened her practice and completed a 300 hour YTT in upstate New York. After moving to the neighborhood, she fell in love with the Yoga Garden community through the work study program. On her days off you can find her baking pies and backpacking!
My name is Hannah Darling and I am UC Berkeley Graduate with a degree in Biology who wants to eventually be a Nurse Practitioner. I have been doing yoga since I was thirteen and am excited to be part of the community at Yoga Garden. I love being outdoors and swimming, hiking, climbing, surfing (to various degrees of capability). I also enjoy readings, music, movies, and spending time with friends exploring our amazing city and its surroundings. I believe life is about learning and exploring and building connections.
Emma comes to us from Los Angeles where yoga guided her studies and work in the wild world of advertising. A free spirit through and through, her ever-winding path has led her to San Francisco where she recently earned her RYT 200 here at Yoga Garden. A new fire ignited inside her heart after she completed Marisa’s Prenatal Teacher Training, and she is so happy to be a part of the Yoga Garden family and it’s incredibly inspiring and supportive community. Emma is currently working towards her 500 Hour Certification – so go ahead, ask her how it’s going!
My name is Kelly Yamahiro, I was born here in San Francisco and raised in nearby Pacifica, California. I moved to New York City to attend college and studied International Affairs and Spanish there before returning to the Bay Area after graduation. Growing up I was involved in sports like soccer and softball as well as a variety of dance classes, all of which helped to inform my ongoing experience with yoga. I have a strong interest in social justice issues, political reform, and hope to work in a non-profit setting in the future. In my spare time you can probably catch me reading, drawing, cooking, binge watching The Office, and drinking LOTS of coffee.