Hello. I am Lisa.
I met Uma when I trained as a Pregnancy Yoga teacher and Uma was the tutor. This was around 18 years ago, and not long after that Uma asked if I would be available to help with the running of Sitaram when they were located in Brixton. From here I got to apprentice with Uma & Nirlipta which I feel was one of the most incredibly blessed experiences anyone could have. Meeting Uma completely changed my whole life, where I was going and what I would achieve, so I have Uma to be truly thankful for, for so much.
For the last decade or so, I have been Co teaching the Pregnancy Yoga teacher training which I absolutely love doing and look forward to each gathering of such an incredible group of students & teachers. I also ran my own Yoga studio in London for 17 years and Im now living in Wales, on the outskirts of the Brecon Beacons, with a smaller more village life version, Yoga Place & Therapies Abertawe located in the stunning listed St. Johns Church in Clydach.
I first came to Yoga at 4 years old, and practiced on and off until my mid 20's when it became a stable part of my life. I was introduced to the practice of Yoga Nidra at 14, and I don't know if this is amazing, or embarrassing, but I still have the cassette, remember them? of the first Nidras I followed.
During my time working for Sitaram I was able to experience and practice many Nidras, and work one to one with Nirlipta on myself, discovering how I could use Nidra for managing anxiety and panic.
I was also fortunate enough to study on many occasions with Swami Veda Bharati of the Himalayan Institute over the course of a few years, including an incredible Silent Retreat.
I have also trained with many amazing teachers over the years focusing on more nourishing practices, stepping away from the bend and break and teaching to make the Yoga fit the person, not the person to fit the Yoga.
With Uma & Nirlipta and all the wonderful teachers they are training, it's exciting more and more people will get to discover and benefit from this revolutionary practice.
Yoga Nidra is a massive part of my life, and have been practicing regularly for over 30 years, and it is a huge part of my teaching. Even when teaching back to back, 3 or 4 classes all with a Nidra to close, you leave more relaxed than when you started.