Yoga Sakti Teacher Spotlight
Thank you Lisa Faia for your enthusiastic energy, bubbly personality, talent and commitment you bring every day to YS!
My Yoga journey began in 2000 when my office starting offering a weekly Iyengar class during lunch. I always left class feeling a couple of inches taller and that was it for me. When you stand 5 feet tall it’s safe to say you’ll stick with anything that makes you feel like you’ve gained an inch or two.
I took my first teacher training as a way to deepen my personal practice. I had NO intentions of teaching when I started, but by the end of the training I couldn't wait to share my passion. I teach Yoga because I strongly believe you should do what you LOVE. I had a pretty amazing job that over time turned into something I didn’t enjoy doing at all. I knew it was time to shift gears and so I decided to make my passion my career. Leaving the security of my corporate job to pursue teaching full time was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done - but I couldn’t be happier.
I love being outdoors so in the summer I take my yoga to the water. The past 5 years I’ve been teaching SUP Yoga as a way to enjoy the summer weather and keep practice interesting and fun. This summer I’ll be teaching both afternoon and evening SUP Yoga workshops. We have a blast on the water and it’s a nice way to let go and not take yourself too seriously. If you have never practiced with me here’s what you can expect to find in my classes. I like to teach my classes the way I like to practice. I try to create a unique flow, so that my students don’t always know what is coming next, classes tend to be influenced by my PranaVayu training (PranaVayu is characterized by a system of skeletal alignment and Buddhist-inspired techniques for cultivating mental awareness and peace. Classes include pranayama, and a full warm-up and cool-down cycle designed to enhance flexibility and muscle recovery. She incorporates a fully planned sequence of poses strategically designed to focus on all important ranges of motion, and includes guided meditation in savasana) and you can usually expect a little Grateful Dead on my playlist.
When I’m not teaching or practicing Yoga you can usually find me doing something outdoors. Most often you’ll find me riding my horse Raven, trail running with my Belgian Malinois, or fishing with my guy. Oh, and I do love to cook also….