200 E-RYT // STUDIO OWNER
Several years ago Lisa began her travels out to the west coast of Canada. Once arriving in Alberta she immediately fell in love with the landscape and took up hiking, snowboarding and embraced the beauty of the mountains and outdoors. She has always been athletic, involved in many sports and a huge nature junkie. During the years of travelling through Alberta and BC she continued her search for “something more”. For Lisa, it was not the physical practice of Yoga that she was drawn to-it was the spirituality and the peace she seeking.
She found Yoga and, after her first class she instinctively knew she wasn’t drawn to the practice for only herself – she became immediately aware that Yoga was always within her and it was part of her life journey to teach others the path. She had wisdom she hadn’t yet tapped into, and was eager to share it with the world.
Yoga not only made her feel more relaxed, peaceful and at ease; she found physically and emotionally it allowed her to be mindful of every moment, every word, action, and feeling within her. It guided her to make healthier food and environmental choices, find natural and holistic approaches to illness, study reiki, aromatherapy, crystal therapy and it led her to discover who she was inside and out. Her entire life began to evolve as Yoga weaved its way into all areas of her life and she was able to let go of fear and past pain.
Lisa has been a yoga practitioner since 2000. In May of 2011, she became a Certified Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher through Mandorla Yoga Institute with Stefani Hoyt. She started teaching at Mandorla, from there she founded Inner Dawn Yoga and went on teaching throughout the community and from her home.
Lisa has been blessed to have been teaching in local High Schools as she is very passionate about encouraging youth to become involved in Yoga. She has taught yoga at St.Pats High School for 3 years in the physical education program and hosted several Kids Yoga Workshops and classes to children.
With teaching over 4500 hours, she continues her studies daily and is working towards her RYT 500. She now teaches a Yoga Teacher Training Program at the IDY facility to inspire and make the availability of Yoga in the community even greater with more teachers.
“Teaching yoga has absolutely been the best thing I have ever done and I am forever grateful to all of my students for allowing me into their lives and yoga practice. I am truly inspired by my students and they bring such joy to my life. I continue to be a student as well and I learn from them. Every person that walks into my life has been a “teacher” of some form and together we share the trans-formative process. I have witnessed such joy, happiness and growth in my students and that’s what brings me peace and the commitment to continue learning and sharing the path of yoga with everyone. When I teach, I remind students that yoga is not just about the posture itself. It is about connecting with the breath, alignment of the body, listening deeply within and truly feeling every movement, every action. I teach and encourage my students to accept change and embrace their bodies-today and in the present moment. To quiet the mind, “let go” and just be still. I bring a sense of oneness and community to the class and encourage compassion for themselves and others. We all come to the mat for different reasons, but together we search for the same things, the same answers. I bring humour and laughter into my teaching as the process can be quite challenging emotionally and physically sometimes but together we encourage one another, smile, and breathe. I am known for my gentle nature, kind spirit and calming voice in the classroom. I hardly ever teach the same class twice as every class has a different energy, vibe, attendance and this allows me to be creative and feeds my intuitive nature. ”