and mindfulness-based practices
Dr. Lisa earned her initial 200-hr yoga instructor certification at the beautiful Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica in 2012, and began teaching shortly thereafter. She continued her yoga education in Costa Rica completing an additional 200-hours of formal training over the next few years in anatomy and yoga philosophy and communication.
Dr. Lisa offers an authentic yoga practice based on building strength and mental clarity through intentional movement and focusing on the breath to bridge the mind and the body. The breath is used as the foundation in yoga and serves as a focal point for the mind to quiet the mental chitter chatter that often causes unnecessary worry and anxiety. Physically speaking, yoga helps to keep the body flexible, toned and strong. There are hundreds if not thousands of postures (asanas) that can create stretches and build strength all throughout the body. These stretches are safe and effective as they have been practiced for thousands of years.
The science of the breath is emphasized. Activation of the parasympathetic nervous system occurs when slow mindful breathing is practiced (e.g. slows the heart, dilates blood vessels, and relaxes muscles in the gastrointestinal tract). In addition to the physical benefits of yoga, it is a natural way to improve mental health by lowering emotional stress and anxiety, often root problems of disease. In addition to yoga, she believes that using mindfulness-based techniques can be applied to our eating habits and our relationships with the environment and with others. Developing the skill of being mindful will benefit any person with the physical and mental challenges we encounter daily throughout our lives.
Yoga is for every body, regardless of age, size, experience, or prior injury. If you are new to yoga or are interested in personalized instruction as a way to get started, contact Dr. Lisa to schedule a private session.