Marisol Figueroa Reitze_green_300Marisol Figueroa Reitze has 16 years of experience as a devoted student, practitioner and instructor of yoga and meditation. She travels yearly to India for her personal studies in yoga, meditation, Sanskrit, Ayurveda and music. She holds a Yoga Alliance teacher certificate through Yoga Sutra NYC as well as several years of intense long term apprenticeships. Marisol’s primary teacher is Sri V. Sheshadri in Mysore, India.

In her Ashtanga Yoga classes, Marisol shares her multicultural spirit of adventure and acceptance by approaching each student and each asana as unique and beautiful thereby, creating a practice for each student that is both precise and balanced.

The atmosphere you can find at the Yoga Simha Shala is the manifestation of her own approach to life, filled with compassion and sense of surprise.

Marisol grew up in the concrete urban jungle of Spanish Harlem, New York. She has lived extensively in New York, Madrid, Zimbabwe, India, and is now happily calling Tenero near Locarno, Switzerland her home as Karma Sannyasin.

In addition to her work as a Ashtanga Yoga instructor Marisol offers Pasthealing © Therapy in the tradition of Ayurveda and spiritual accompaniment for those facing illness and dying persons.

Marisol is most thankful to her Parents – Diana and Ramon Figueroa, her brothers Raymond Jr. and Nelson X. Her sister Shivani. Her dear Husband Simon. Immense gratitude to my Guru Sri Shivarudra Balayogi Maharaj, Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois, Saraswathi Rangaswamy, Sri V. Sheshadri. In loving gratitude to Christopher Hildebrant, Erika Hildebrant, Zoe Slatoff, Barbara Verochi, Kristin Leigh, Lynne Barsalona-Cannisi. Special and heart felt thanks to Dana and Robert Clark.


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Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series

With P. Jois and advanced students.

Asana of the Month


8 Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga

Yama : Universal morality

Niyama : Personal observances

Asanas : Body postures

Pranayama : Breathing exercises, and control of prana

Pratyahara : Control of the senses

Dharana : Concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness

Dhyana : Devotion, Meditation on the Divine

Samadhi : Union with the Divine

(Patanjali: Yoga Sutras)