Before Lisa began practicing yoga, she was a two sport collegiate athlete at a Division I level, and graduated with a job in the financial industry on the east coast. She turned to yoga as a way to soften her heart, ease her mind, and use the pulsation of breath to find a more natural rhythm that supported her well-being. Inside this more natural rhythm she found the time to pause, breathe, feel and perceive life clearly, and found that the most valuable thing we could ever possess is clearly within our sights: this life itself.
Lisa believes that through our asana practice we release pent up tensions that have accumulated in our body which allows us to further refine our physical senses so we become sensitive, adaptive and resilient. This new awareness allows us to see that no matter how different we may appear on the surface, we all share the same life. We learn to inhale completely and open to new experiences. We learn to exhale completely and let go of unnecessary tension and the past, and start to align ourselves with the ebb and flow of life rather than fight with it. Gradually we begin to recognize that in between the ups and downs and the coming and going, there is a matrix of stillness that is the backdrop of all phenomena.
Lisa has completed a 200 hour Vinyasa Flow/Anusara Inspired Yoga Teacher Training at the Prana Yoga Center in La Jolla, CA, and Noah Maze’s Level 2 Anusara Teacher Training. She has attended workshops with Shiva Rea, Tias Little, Paul Grilley, Desiree Rumbaugh, Roger Cole, Ana Forest, Ross Rayburn, and Betsey Downing. Lisa teaches with a strong emphasis on alignment, core strength, opening the heart, and pranayama, while maintaining a calm inner stillness. She is deeply grateful for her teachers Jeanie Carlstead, Gerhard Gessner, Geri Portnoy, Noah Maze, and all of the inspiring kula members of the Anusara Community.