Born and raised in Hawai’i, Marissa Harris established the foundation of her yoga practice in 1994, when she took a yoga class offered by Punahou School’s P.E. department. She holds a B.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Dartmouth College, an M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College, and certificates from eight yoga teacher trainings. She is registered with Yoga Alliance with their highest credential of E-RYT 500 and has taught on the faculty of yoga teacher trainings for YogaWorks and TruFusion. Marissa has designed and instructed specialty yoga classes for elementary school students at the Alexander Dawson School, for an LDS Young Single Adult Ward, and the cast of a Cirque du Soleil show. The program she created for Las Vegas Athletic Club was featured on Fox News in 2014. In 2012, she founded Desert Yoga School, through which she offers yoga courses, intensive programs, and teacher trainings.
Marissa spends much of her free time outdoors: Swimming and boating in the Colorado River and Lake Mead, climbing in Red Rock Canyon, hiking and camping at Mount Charleston. She likes flying kites, exploring caves, and going for runs before sunrise. She grows her own vegetables, fruits, and herbs in a 2,500 square-foot garden she built with her partner Jeremy. Marissa is a student of yoga, Sanskrit, philosophy, and herbalism.