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Lisa has been practising yoga for over two decades, and have been in workshops taught by internationally acclaimed teachers including Rodney Yee, Shiva Rea, Ana Forrest, John Friend, Duncan Wong, Desiree Rumbaugh and Kino McGreggor. Lisa is currently receiving a 1000-hour certification with Yoga Medicine under the direct tutelage of Tiffany Cruikshank.

Her Yoga practice have taken her to shalas in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Toronto, Sydney, Melbourne, India, Amsterdam, Zurich, Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul. Lisa teaches Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga, and has a deep seeded interest in anatomy and myofascial trigger points.

Besides a yoga teacher accreditation, Lisa is also a certified Balanced Body Pilates instructor, and teaches Pilates on the reformer machine and apparatus. In addition, she has attained a Star 1 Spinning certification, along with Level 1 & 2 Usui Reiki energy therapy. This wanderlust – who is also an ‘addict’ to TRX suspension training and duathlon races, will not think twice about leaping off bridges, mountains and airplanes.

The Chai Wallah’s Interview:

 What is your favourite type of class to teach? Without a doubt, yoga core class. The core holds the secret key to countless of asanas from the most basic, to the most complex and advance. It’s the core that takes you ‘places’ in the yoga practice.

 What is your favourite pose? There are just too many to list but I have to say any form of inversion. I love it when you get to see the world from a different perspective, don’t you think?

 What is your least favourite pose and why? Full Rajakapotasana or king pigeon pose – (the one with bent knees, both feet to forehead while in Bhujangasana (cobra)). The toe nails are just not long enough, no matter how long i grow them out! LOL.

 What keeps bringing you back to your yoga mat? It’s a very expensive mat and I really should maximise the use?!  OK seriously, it’s the ‘high’ after a class together with the calm, the peace, and knowing the fact that I’ve given my all and worked hard during my ‘me time’, even if it’s a yin class. That, and all my teachers – past, present & future, whom have inspired me in so many ways, other yogis, and the countless beautiful covers of Yoga Journal magazine :)

What is the strangest place you have done a yoga practice/pose? It was in Shanghai, in the middle of nowhere, on a corner of a small street intersection, in the dead of winter (and I’m not a fan of cold weather!), right outside a hole-in-the-wall restaurant with accumulated black grease on the exhaust. You could not describe nor imagine the sight. But we were there, the photographer & I, because the wall color was a perfect match with the yoga outfit I had on, which the photographer swore will make a killer shot. The result? He was right, it was a nice shot – and it nearly killed me because it was so cold. (BYW, the poster was sold for a decent sum of money and 100% of its proceed benefited a children mental hospital).

What always makes you laugh? Ellen DeGeneres, the funny antics of my pets, and Ellen DeGeneres.

What is one of your personal quirks/habits/idiosyncrasies? I swear by hot water with lemon, and drink it anywhere and everywhere, even while sitting under a scorching Summer sun.

 What is one thing about you that most people don’t know (until now)? I’ll give you two. 1) that I have a hedgehog for pet, 2) that I’m a mother to a 21 & 20 year olds.

 

“nothing can bring you peace but yourself”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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