Carissa Gross

My path to yoga was similar to how John Green described falling in love (and falling asleep) in ‘The Fault In Our Stars’…it happened slowly, and then all at once.


I’ve been practicing yoga off and on for more than a decade, but it was during my recovery from serious illness in 2015 I truly discovered the nurturing and healing powers of yoga, and realized that I wanted yoga to be more than a casual part of my life.

I also have a graduate degree in psychology, and during my time as a graduate student I had the privilege of teaching psychology classes to undergrads, which is where I found I had a love for teaching.  Becoming certified as a yoga instructor seemed like the ideal way to combine these two aspects of my life, and so I enrolled in the YTT program at Samadhi Yoga, completing my 200 hours in April of 2016.

Synchronizing breath and movement, yoga for me represents a means of nourishing both the physical body and the spirit. My classes emphasize my passion for yoga through a deep connection between the strength of the breath and proper alignment in each asana. My goal is to help make yoga accessible to each student and enable my students to find peacefulness in mind and body. I teach beginners, moderate, and power classes.