Lisa began her yoga journey in the early 1990’s. Recognizing immediately the physical benefits of yoga and gradually uncovering its profound spiritual dimensions, Lisa was moved by her practice of Kripalu Yoga. In 2011, Lisa completed her 200-hour certification in Pranakriya Yoga, a classic form of Hatha yoga taught in the tradition of Swami Kripalu. Shortly thereafter she obtained additional certifications in Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra ®, Dynamic Gentle Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Kripalu Yoga in Schools, and Radiant Child Yoga. She most recently completed the Radiant Child & Family Yoga 200-hour yoga teacher training and through private instruction with Shakta Khalsa, the founder of Radiant Child Yoga, has become a Radiant Child yoga teacher training facilitator.
Lisa is a published author on yoga and mindfulness education, most recently completing a five-article series that appeared in Teaching Young Children, a publication of NAEYC. Her long-time interest in serving adults and children is supported by a BA in Psychology and over 30 years of experience as an educator, former school administrator, and human resource manager. Lisa now leads private and group classes for students of all ages and off-site trainings and workshops for schools, businesses and organizations throughout the DC area as the founder and director of INA Wellness and as an instructor at Dream Yoga Studio in McLean, VA, M Street Yoga, in Washington, DC, and The Happy Yogi in Fulton and Olney, MD.
Lisa believes that yoga is a building block for creating a community of active, aware, and compassionate citizens. Yoga is a practice that brings strength, joy and richness to live. Whether in corporate team building, developing cultural competencies, or inspiring individual growth, Lisa weaves yoga into lesson plans and workshops to create real, active, and substantive learning experiences for all of her students. Lisa aspires to be, in the words of Swami Kripalu, a "Pilgrim of Love" and is committed to improving health, enhancing resilience and building community through yoga and mindfulness education.
Certifications: ERYT 200 (Pranakriya Yoga & Radiant Child & Family Yoga); RCYT200 (Radiant Child Yoga) Kripalu Yoga Education in Schools; Kripalu Dynamic Gentle Yoga; Ashaya Therapeutic Yoga Level 1, Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra; Pranakriya Penatal Yoga; Approved Trainer, Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Division of Early Childhood Education (OSSE/ECE) for the District of Columbia.
Professional Affiliations: Registered Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP) National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); International Board of Certified Trainers, Yoga Alliance (YA), and the Pranakriya Yoga Teachers Association (PYTA).