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. 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.
Adrienne has experienced a profound curiosity for intelligent movement since she began studying dance at the age of five. As a student at Drexel University in PA, Adrienne became a certified Pilates Instructor. Thrilled by the life-changing experiences she witnessed students have in the studio, she embarked on a career path in the fitness studio industry. Adrienne moved to San Francisco in 2014 and serves as the Studio Manager overseeing the Client Service Associate team and studio operations.
Advanced Studies Administrator
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 Advanced Studies 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. She loves parks, picnics and pugs – preferably all at the same time.
Enrollment and Admissions Manager
Cynthia is from the Great White North (Canada), and enjoys living in sunny San Francisco. She is the resident expert of all things Teacher Training and Advanced Studies at Yoga Garden SF. When she’s not passionately speaking about the transformative effects of yoga through her studies, her teachings or her classes, you can find Cynthia playing her guitar, singing at local venues, taking long walks around the city and taking in the sights and sounds of the various people she meets.
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.
When Alex is not at the studio, you can find her gardening or baking, and strolling around the farmers market on the weekends. She is an environmentally minded, simple kind of person that is endlessly curious about the world. She is grateful to be part of the Yoga Garden and to have a growing yoga practice. .
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.