When I was quite young, I created a mission statement for myself: "To improve my own and other people's quality of life". Much later, it occurred to me that this perspective was founded on an assumption of lack. I wondered, "How would this look if I was moving from a place of abundance? fullness? perfection?
So often, on the road to health, we believe we have to only seek the light, to clean up the mess, to only be peaceful or happy. The mess is beautiful. It is art. It is part of who we are. We are the darkness and the light. We are it all -- in fullness and vibrancy. This IS abundance.
In a similar way, fire is often seen as destructive, but, classically, ash is considered to be seed. It is digestion and transformation. It is the catalyst for alchemy. It gives us light and warmth. It is vitality.
My question to you is: what makes you feel vibrantly alive? what makes your soul sing? Let's build that! I'd like to support you in creating your own artist's studio, in making the space and learning the tools and gathering the mediums to forge the magnificent masterpiece of your life.
For me, the mediums have been yoga and a holistic approach to wellness, melding western and eastern techniques. I have spent over a decade learning and practicing, and I remain in ongoing study. I graduated from Sonic Yoga’s 200 hour Teacher Training program, Hathavidya’s 1000 hour program, and continue to study in a traditional one-on-one setting. I am a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, E-RYT 500 as well as Pre-Natal RYT, a certified Holistic Health Coach, and the director of 200 hour Teacher Training for Hathavidya in addition to running Wellness Programs through Lisa Benner Living. I am studying herbalism through an apprenticeship. I teach at various locations and in yoga teacher trainings around New York, the United States, and internationally.
Private sessions are carefully crafted to serve the goals and needs of the individual. In public classes, I teach from the Hatha philosophy in the Vinyasa style, creating each class on a theme, and incorporating pranayama, mantra and meditation. Strong attention is given to alignment. I am greatly honored to be able to share the transformations that yoga brings, to coach individuals towards their vibrancy, to teach and to continue to learn. Many thanks to my precious teachers, including Will Duprey, and Dr MA Jayashree.