Lisa is an experienced yoga and meditation teacher specializing in Hatha Yoga, Hatha Flow Yoga, Yin, Gentle, Meditaiton, and iRest Yoga Nidra (Certified iRest teacher).
Preferred Pronoun: She/her
Hometown: Austin, TX
What’s one funny or random fact you’d like to share with the Body Collective Community about yourself?
I was once a judge in a televised beauty pageant!
What was your path before joining Body Collective?
The long and winding road….
I worked for 25 years in International Marketing and Strategic planning, first with large companies and then on my own as a Consultant. I have some experience in many areas–Brand management, advertising, market research, corporate training and recruiting,. I also taught aerobics (back when it was called aerobics) and am a Personal Trainer.
How did your modality aid in your own transformation? What did your transformation look like?
I began to teach Yoga because the gym where I taught aerobics needed a Yoga teacher. So I went to teacher training without having much of a practice, and even started teaching before I had much of a practice! Once I began practicing, and continuing my Yoga education, it just kind of took over. I was fascinated with the anatomy classes, the creativity of putting classes together, and mostly the philosophy which changed the way I saw everything. My transformation took years, and in that time I gravitated, little by little, away from my corporate life and into my teaching life. First going part-time and then starting my “yoga business’ and then diving full in about 5 years ago. My practice informs my life, my relationships, my actions. I am still the same “me” with a “type A” personality, however, it manifests in the world in a very different and, I believe, positive way.
What brought you to Body Collective? Why did you choose to be a part of the Body Collective Team?
I loved the community intent, the inclusion and the commitment to provide trauma-informed practices.
The vision feels so inclusive and so nurturing that I was excited to be a part of the team.
What do you love most about what you do?
I love watching the transformation of my students as they move along their paths. I love that I get to hold space over the years for students and watch their journeys. I mostly love the connection I feel with all beings–teaching has brought me this.
What can be expected from a class / session with you?
My classes are welcoming and accessible. I am here to hold space for my students, so that they can work with whatever they need to. I believe that if you come to the mat, the practice will meet you right where you are, just as you are. You can expect to experience an internal inquiry, and that might take the form of a lively flow practice or a quiet Yin practice. I believe that Yoga and meditation can help everyone be more effective in all aspects of life. You can expect to release expectations. And judgment. You can expect to bring back some perspective, and to nourish your storehouse of inner strength and resilience. And you probably will laugh, or at least roll your eyes at my jokes. And should you shed a tear or two, I’ll compassionately hold space for that too.
Yoga and mindful practices on the mat can help create comfort, ease, balance, and wellness off the mat. My classes offer challenge, sometimes in unexpected ways. They also offer nurturing, rest and renewal.
What transformations do you see and help facilitate in your students?
I am passionate about teaching Yoga and mindfulness because I have seen the transformation the practice has had for me, and for my students.
Above all, the practice leads to self-compassion and understanding. I see students regain ease and movement and flexibility and strength in the body, and in the mind.
What brings you joy when you’re not teaching?
I love spending time in nature; I feel joyful on a challenging hike or even just a walk in my neighborhood gardens. I love travel–around the world and around the state and country. I love creating delicious meals at home. My family brings me so much joy as I watch my husband and adult children thrive in their lives. Ecstatic dance brings out the joy in my heart, as does listening to music or experiencing other live performances.
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