About Me

Hi there!

I’m Clarissa! I’m a Midwest girl, born and raised in South Dakota and currently living in the Quad Cities, IL/IA.  I’m here on this planet to help as many people as I can transform themselves and live the life they dream of!  Yoga has given me the confidence and strength to do this and forge a new path.  My dream is to help you do the same!

Growing up I was a shy girl who was often teased and bullied for wearing glasses and being small and freckly.  I struggled for years with poor self-image and was never happy with the person I saw staring back at me.  I never felt good enough or sure of what my path was.  And I never thought I would be brave enough to share my story, my vulnerabilities, and insecurities with the world.

After college I struggled to find my path.  I was unsure of where I belonged.  I fell in love with the world of museums and pursued a Masters in Historical Administration in 2012 where I met my husband Wade.  But even during grad school I felt out-of-place.  I was good at the work and enjoyed the opportunities and thrill of working with the history of places and people.  But, I still felt like I was missing something.  In the fall of 2016 I quit a good full-time job in pursuit of a dream.  My dream is to share my love and passion for the practice of yoga and the lifestyle I have built around me that transformed my life.

After discovering yoga in 2008 and dedicating myself to a practice I began to see myself not as a weak insecure person, but someone with drive, passion, and self-confidence.  Attributes I thought I had long ago lost in my childhood.  Today, through the practice of yoga and a lifestyle of confidence building I am elated at the person I am.  I love that I have talents that come naturally, like teaching yoga and creating fun sequences or working one-on-one with students.  I also love that I have spaces of growth left like delving into new content creation and creating programs for people.  Yoga has given me so much and that practice is something I want to share with the as many people as possible!

I strive to life as authentically to myself as I can working with people, brands, and companies I believe in and put my heart and soul into what I do.  I love to teach, I love to travel, to experience life in a way that most only dream of and to ignite that passion in YOU my students, readers, collaborators, and peers.

I love to travel and adventure and I am currently booking traveling teaching dates for 2017! Want to host me at your studio or retreat center?  Shoot me an email info@clarissamae.com

And my husband Wade and I love to be outside and camp and visit new places so if you are looking for content creators for your property or site we’d love to visit!

Yoga Facts:

  • I completed my 200 hr training in Rock Island, IL at the Tapas Yoga Shala with Evan & Kelly Harris in May 2014.
  • I’m completing my 500 hr Yoga Teaching certification in May 2017 at Tapas with Evan & Kelly.
  • I’m leading my first international Yoga Retreat to Guatemala in Nov. 2017.  Click here for details!
  • I practice Ashtanga Yoga & in December 2015 I spent a month in Mysore, India studying at the KPJ Ashtanga Yoga Institute with Sharath Jois.  I have also spent time learning from authorized and certified teachers like, Tim Feldmann, Kino MacGregor, and David Robson.

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