In Italiano

Marisse

Marisse is a yoga teacher based in London, trained in Vinyasa, Yin, Ashtanga and Pranayama/Breathwork. She believes that "in life choices are heavily swayed by food (mainly pasta and potato) and will get distracted by puppies".

What do you have for breakfast in the morning?

Peanut butter is the star of the show and then everything revolves around that.

What is the first thing you do every morning to start your day the best way?

STRETCH (whilst I brush my teeth as I can't stand it if it's not the first thing I do after waking up).

What would you write on a billboard in the centre of your city?

Don't be a d*ck, be kind to everyone!

Do you have rituals that help you feel more confident with yourself?

Any type of movement to make me feel energised and strong, morning coffee and reading.

What comes to your mind when you think of the word ‘success’?

To be brave.

If you were invited to speak at a conference and you didn't have to talk about your work, what would you talk about?

The connection between dogs and humans. Mainly through my personal love of dogs rather than expertise. I just really love dogs!

Is there anything you believe in that other people find crazy?

Dipping chocolate in tea! It's superior, a perfect pairing, and you won't convince me otherwise.

What human characteristic most appeals to you?

Humour at first, but kindness wins everytime.

Three people you would invite for dinner if you had the chance and why.

James Baldwin – to be the fountain of intellect as I ask him a million questions, Ali Wong – to keep me laughing all evening, I just feel like we'd be friends, Madonna – surely she'd be great fun at a dinner party.

Do you tend to choose courage or comfort?

COURAGE.

If you could change your job for a day, what would you become?

Deep sea diver – or more specifically, hang out with the green sea turtles! Is that a job?

Do you have any favourite podcasts? Which ones would you suggest?

I really enjoy "The Allusionist" by Helen Zaltzman, for those who love etymology! "So I Got to Thinking - The Sex and the City Podcast" is also GREAT.

Describe your practice in three words.

Nourishing, energetic, fun (dare I say it).

BIG SMALL TALKS

Your everyday uniform: Joggers and big t-shirts. I would be in pyjamas all day if I could.
Favourite flowers: Lavender
Your comfort food: Chips! Well, anything potato based.
Your favourite magazine: Courier
The book of your heart: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee or Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin (I'm not good at picking one thing, as you can see).
Your favourite artist: Matisse but probably Egon Schiele.
Your favourite city: London, New York, or Vancouver!