Yoga Garden SF Owners and Staff

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    Marisa Toriggino

    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.

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    David Nelson

    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.

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    Jean Mazzei

    Instructor, Advanced Studies Director

    Jean Mazzei, ERYT-500 is proud to help nurture and administer the Advanced Studies program at YGSF. She earned a Master’s degree in Educational Administration in 1991, so being the “principal” of a yoga school is a dream come true! Jean has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 30 years. She continues to grow as a teacher and practitioner, and excels in bringing curriculum to life both on and off the mat.

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    Adrienne Taraborelli

    Studio Manager
    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.

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    Cynthia Koch

    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.

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    Charmie Stryker

    Communications Associate

    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.

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    Alex Kaindl

    Client Services
    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. .

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    Kathryn Mulholland

    Client Services
    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!