As a mother to six sons and a trained dancer, Lisa tried several workouts over the years to stay fit through pregnancy and motherhood so she could continue to pursue her innate passion for dance and movement. Tragically, however, in 2002, she lost her fourth son Benjamin in an unexpected accident and began a long, painful struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder and deep grief. Through her search for help and healing, Lisa was introduced to yoga and began a daily personal practice. Yoga eventually became a significant channel not only to bring balance and strength to her body but also to enable her mind to release anxiety and fear.
From 2005 to 2008, Lisa and her family lived in Mumbai, India, allowing her to study and practice yoga in its cultural birthplace, all the while continuing to process the debilitating grief and trauma of losing a child. After returning from India, Lisa completed her 200-hour RYT credentials at Yahweh Yoga in Arizona.
In 2010, Lisa began teaching in the DMV area and quickly established a reputation for well-informed, athletically strong yet personally uplifting classes. Now as a Registered Experienced Yoga Teacher (E-RYT), Lisa has had the joy of teaching numerous studio, private and corporate yoga sessions and events in the DMV area, as well many well-attended yoga workshops for various local and national studios and organizations. Also, in her capacity as a Lululemon Ambassador, she has been privileged to pursue her passion of helping others use movement to heal, not only their bodies but their minds as well. She currently teaches at Spark Yoga, Equinox, Kazaxe, and 24 Hour Fitness In Falls Church, as well as individual and small group private classes.
Arm balances and inversions have been a favorite yogic addiction of Lisa’s thanks to teachers like Kathryn Budig, Dice Iida Klein, and Rocket Yoga Teacher Training with David C. Kyle. Through her recent training with Jane Clapp, a somatic wellness coach in Toronto, and deep personal study of the treatment of trauma through the movement of the body, Lisa has begun to integrate her love of movement with sound psychotherapeutic research and takes joy in sharing what she learns with her students.
The simple daily discipline of the practice of yoga, which has been a powerful tool to bring health, healing, and balance to Lisa both as a woman and mother, is what she hopes to offer others through all of her teaching.
Follow Lisa at LisaMartinezYoga.com.