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Daily Inspiration: Meet Marisa Loughborough

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marisa Loughborough.

Hi Marisa, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I started my journey in Los Angeles seven years ago in music. After moving here from Austin, TX with a degree in advertising and a poppin DJ career, I decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue music production and singing full time. This was my life for the first five years I was in Los Angeles but after years of late nights in the studio, minimal return on investment, and a lifestyle that was late and drunk, I needed a change.

My parents started bringing me to yoga at the age of six so it has always been a part of my life. When I was 26, I decided to get certified in India. I had been in LA for a few years and wanted an excuse to travel and do more yoga. Once I did the training, it changed my life and I realized that my lifelong passion had been right under my nose the whole time. The thing I could not live without was not sitting on my laptop making music in ableton, it was yoga.

I dove into my yoga career which took a few years to really take off. Now I boast a full teaching schedule with a mix of private clients and group classes and host teacher trainings. I am so thankful to be in Venice where the mecca of yogis live. I am so thankful my path took me here!

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?

The yoga industry was very hard to break into. I could not get hired at first as a new teacher and the competition in LA is very tough. It is the classic case of you need experience, but nobody will hire you to get that experience. I started by teaching community classes, small weekend gigs, and privates to my friends for minimal money.

It wasn’t until the pandemic that my schedule weirdly filled up. With all of the studios closed down, I gained a sturdy repertoire of private clients who finally helped me realize yoga as a full-time gig. Also with the reopening of studios there was finally an opening for newer teachers like myself to get my foot in the door. Even though I have been doing yoga for almost 25 years!

My long history with yoga quickly translated to my students and now my classes are FULL. I am so thankful to teach at shefayoga Venice, my home studio, where my Sunday morning class consistently sells out. It was a road of years to get here, but now I finally have the classes I dreamed of!

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?

I am a group yoga teacher, private instructor, and teacher trainer. I am currently working on the manual for my upcoming training with Yancy Schwartz called RockeTantra Yoga Teacher Training. This is a combination of Rocket Yoga, which is progressive ashtanga, which if you don’t know, is a very structured and difficult form of yoga – mixed with Tantra Yoga, which is a deeply emotional and subtle body form of union (Yoga).

This training is going to combine challenging physicality with deep emotional work. It is exciting to work on the manual and syllabus for this training. We already have 12 out of 18 people signed up and am currently working on getting the rest of the spots filled. There is going to be so much intense transformation at this event.

Yancy and I have hosted ceremonies and longer events before combining yoga, meditation, mantra singing, dance and much more and those events have been a blast in the past. We are both highly advanced teachers and this sets us apart from your run of the mill teachers. We have been practicing for a combined 40+ years.

How do you think about luck?
At first, I would say I had bad luck with getting hired in general, but I am sure other yoga teachers have had the same experience in LA. Although, without going into detail my first experience of getting dragged along by a studio and then dropped seemed particularly bad luck!

However, my luck seemed to change with the closing of studios during this horrible pandemic. One good thing to come out of it was the opening of job opportunities and my private clients.


  • Training: $2,800 In June
  • Private Lessons: $150
  • Group Classes: $25

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