with MaryJoanna Grisso

"Lokah Samastah Sukino Bhavantu." 
May all beings be happy and free, and may the actions of my life contribute
in some way to that happiness and freedom for all.
-Sanskrit mantra




I am deeply grateful to share my experiences of this practice with you. I have come to learn about these incredible eastern practices here in the United States. As a western trained teacher, I am committed to honoring, respecting, and upholding the cultural roots of yoga as best I can. It is my belief that there are many different ways to experience this ancient, sacred healing system that has originated in India thousands of years ago. I am grateful to share some aspects of this mountain that is yoga with you, by way of my own practice and study. 

Though study of the 8 Limbed Path of Yoga laid out by Patanjali, we learn that yoga is much more than the physical Asanas/poses. It goes beyond where you put your limbs. Yoga is the practice of getting to know your body, your breath, your Self - through a pathway of compassion. The more we connect with this knowing of ourSelves, the more we can love ourselves, inquire about ourselves, and grow ourselves. In this awakened knowing, we begin to take these qualities outside of ourSelves to Others. Yoga is a pathway to learning the ways we can nourish our relationships, communities, and all living beings on this earth. 

Let us journey together to know ourselves, to feel the breath, to strengthen the muscles, to stretch the body and the mind, to feel our deepest potential of strength and letting go, to uplift and support our world, to find balance. May we approach our practice through the physical body, meditation, self-reflection, community, and committed study and reverence for this gift that is yoga. 

With breath,




Payments can be made to Venmo: @MaryJoanna-Grisso

*If you are taking class through the Yoga Room, please see class pricing and sign up here. If these price ranges do not feel accessible to you, will you please reach out to me in the contact section? It is my intention to make these classes accessible to anyone who wants to practice. 

Who are these classes for? 

They are for you, wonderful human.

As best as I know how, it is my intention to create space that is inclusive of all beings

All races, all ethnicities, all bodies, all minds, all abilities, all gender identities, all sexual orientations, all socio-economic statuses are welcomed in this space. If I have left anyone out, I hope that you might consider reaching out to me to let me know so I can learn how to better include and support you. I know it's very possible I may miss the mark, and I believe so much

that we are each others teachers.

Click a class time below for more information and to be linked into the class.


8:00-9:00pm EST - Gentle Movement & Meditation

(through The Yoga Room Astoria 

*Subbed by Donna Moy for August)


3:30-4:30pm EST - Vinyasa Flow

(through The Yoga Room Astoria

*Subbed by Jeannette Prostowich for August )



"I truly enjoy practicing with MaryJoanna. The way she personalizes our sessions means so much to me. She greets us all by name, encourages us to wave to each other, smiles throughout the session. It's as close as we can get to being in the same room, and all that special attention helps me keep going."

- Lorraine S. (NYC)


—  Name, Title


Are you interested in working privately in one-on-one sessions? I would be honored to offer you lessons online in Yoga and/or in Yogic and Mindfulness Meditation. Classes are designed around you and your intentions for practice. One-on-one instruction can be a really beautiful pathway for students who are completely new to these practices, or those who are looking to deepen their existing practice.

Styles of private yoga and meditation that MaryJoanna is currently offering are below: 


Vinyasa Yoga 

Prenatal Yoga 

Restorative Yoga

Breathing Techniques  

Yogic Meditation 

Mindfulness Meditation 

*If you are dealing with financial restrictions, please do not let that stop you from reaching out. I will do my best to offer resources to help you grow on your path of yoga and meditation. 

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Photo credits: Massaaki Komori