Lisa Mallow began practicing yoga 25 years ago. Her practice was ‘on again-off again’ over many years with the busyness of life. In addition to her home collection of yoga instructional videos, her approach to yoga has been informed by weekend workshops and intensives led by teachers such as Judith Lasater, Sarah Powers, Donna Farhi, Erich Schiffman, Angela Farmer, and Cyndi Lee.
After reading his book and studying his videos, Lisa decided that Max Strom was the teacher with whom she wished to formally train. When Max moved to the East Coast and offered training in the Washington DC area, Lisa signed on and completed his 200-hour registered yoga teacher certification in the Spring of 2015.
Lisa has been trained in the Inner Axis Method. As described by Max, this system is “a breathing practice accompanied by movement”. It is an interdisciplinary, alignment based, non-dogmatic approach to well-being. It incorporates mindfulness, breathwork, and breath-based yoga movement. The benefits include feeling better, sleeping better, and functioning better in your life off of the yoga mat. Lisa continues to study with Max and Jamie Elmer of Applied Anatomy for Yoga.
- The mission of a yoga teacher is to be a lifelong student. Regular study and practice of yoga is necessary to become the best teacher for one’s students. Knowledge and understanding of how the human body functions is gained over many years of study. I have been most fortunate to have gained knowledge from multiple teachers over the last couple of decades.
- Since the physical practice of yoga is the most widely practiced form in this country, it is important to learn all one can of anatomy and alignment principles in order to create a safe environment and be helpful to students. The diversity of students in yoga schools today demands knowledge of proper alignment and how to address common imbalances so that the student may have years of health building yoga experience.
- It is my belief that adding a breathing practice to posture work adds benefits to the body and mind exponentially and actually aids the body in doing the physical work of the posture.
- Yoga has benefits for everyone-regardless of age, physical condition, or previous yoga experience. It is not about twisting yourself into some sort of pretzel shape or looking like the cover of many magazines. If you can breathe (and I suspect you are if you are reading this), you can do yoga. The structure of my class provides multiple levels to make for a pleasurable and satisfying experience for all.
- I appreciate and have practiced many types of yoga. It was only when I completed Max Strom’s Inner Axis Training that I began to feel that I had found a system that felt totally at home in my body and being, thereby giving me the confidence to teach others.
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