Raisa Punkki is a Certified Pilates Teacher, Certified Yoga Teacher and Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner. She holds an BA in Dance Pedagogy and a MA in Dance from the University of Arts, Finland. Raisa was first introduced to Yoga in 1998 and to Pilates in 1991. She found that the benefits of these practices were tremendously helpful to keep her body-mind in good shape while touring the world as a performing dance artist.
After moving to San Francisco in 2003, Raisa studied Pilates with Jennifer Stacey’s certification program from 2003-2021 and received Pilates Certification from Ms. Stacey’s vigorous Teacher Training Program in 2006. She also had the great privilege to study with Joseph Pilates’ students Kathy Grant and Ron Fletcher among others. In 2005 Raisa became a partner at the Peak Performance Pilates studios in San Francisco.
Raisa is a Certified Integral Hatha Yoga teacher in Beginning and Intermediate levels and she is teaching weekly Yoga classes at the Integral Yoga Institute, San Francisco. Raisa, being a lifelong student is constantly educating herself in body-mind sciences. She fully dives into her teaching, calmly and skillfully guiding her students to new discoveries about their body-mind connection. Raisa combines her over 35 years of expertise in movement and body-mind education under the umbrella of IdaFlow LLC.