I met Lisa in 2008 whilst in Tucson, completing my first teacher training. Although it wasn’t my first time experiencing Ashtanga, Lisa’s classes really introduced me to the nuances of alignment, the power of mantra, practice as devotion and the importance of seva (service). It was her Project 108, when we offered 108 sun salutations to raise awareness and funds for children who had suffered during the Iraq War, when I had the pleasure of working more closely with her. Lisa is truly a gift to the world of yoga, and I’m so blessed to have had her as an inspiration and teacher on the path.
Thank you, Lisa!
Lisa’s Bio from her site:
Lisa began her studies of yoga in 1985. She was encouraged to go to India and study deeply by David Life and Sharon Gannon of the Jivamukti yoga lineage. She has teaching certificates from Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram in Kerala, South India 1990 and a Yoga Therapy Certificate from B.K.S. Iyengar in Rishikesh, India 1996. She has practiced Ashtanga Yoga since 1991. Having completed the primary and intermediate series with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, she was blessed by him to teach in1997. Lisa is a certified Jivamukti teacher, having also served as a mentor and educator in the Jivamukti Yoga Teacher.
In 1999 she graduated from the Ayurvedic Studies Program in Albuquerque, New Mexico with Dr. Vasant Lad, with an invitation for advanced studies in the Gurukula Program. After one more year with Dr. Lad ending with a study and practice trip with him to his hometown Pune, she continued her study of therapy and treatment with Dr. Sunil Joshi, a noted Ayurvedic clinician. Under the tutelage of Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. Joshi, and Dr. Anil Kumar she has studied sacred texts, herbs, disease pathology, and Pancha Karma treatments.
Lisa last returned from India in September 2009. She was blessed to be with Sri K Pattabhi Jois just days before he left his body. During this trip she participated in the first Ashtanga Yoga teacher training and received highest marks from R. Sharath Jois to teach the full intermediate Ashtanga series. She also worked 4 months in the Ayurvedic clinic of her teacher Dr. Anil Kumar. She is extremely grateful to her teachers and their teachers for passing on the sciences of Ayurveda and Yoga.
Lisa is the only level 2 Ashtanga teacher in Arizona blessed to teach by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.