Risa Gotlib

Retreat Leader


Risa has over 20 years of experience as a student and teacher of yoga. She currently holds an ERYT-500 with the Yoga Alliance and is the founder and owner of Tiny Buddha Yoga.

Risa has an extensive training background in Vinyasa, Iyengar, and Ashtanga styles and has studied with many world-renowned teachers. In 2018 she travelled to Mysore, India to train at the Mysore Institute with Saraswati Jois and continues her education of the Ashtanga series by working regularly with certified Ashtanga teachers.

Risa has taught tens-of-thousands of hours of in studio vinyasa and ashtanga classes and has been leading Teacher Training cohorts since 2016. Risa and the Tiny Buddha Yoga Teacher Training Program have graduated hundreds of successful yoga teachers who can be found the world over. Her extensive teaching background and years as a student of the practice shine through in her teaching. As a self-described “goofball” she brings energy, laughter, and wit to her teaching, while still demanding a whole-hearted effort from her students. She will be the first to tell you as a teacher she is strict but fair. Students can expect her classes to be well-rounded, powerful, and alignment-based.

Suggested Readings


The Incredibly Long List of Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

Michael Greger, MD, recently wrote for NutritionFacts.org about the many benefits one can experience when eating a plant-based diet. The list is so incredibly long and well-researched, you might be convinced to give up meat altogether; however, if you’re not, you can at least learn about these many benefits and consider going veggie just one or two days a...

14 Reasons You Need a Beach Vacation

As the winter draws to a close, many people feel like the dark nights and cold days are never going to end. In the two months after the holidays, as we get back into the swing of work and daily stressors, we dream of traveling somewhere warm for a little well-deserved relaxation time. Turns out,...