Meet Lisa @lisa.j.allthingsyinyang sharing her #yogasavedmylife story with us. These are her words ❤

"Yoga helped me deal with the grief, guilt, anger & depression that followed losing my Mother. It allowed me to process & unravel the feelings I felt or feel each day


My mother was in a care facility for a few years before passing. Sadly I lived in another country and was unable to be there for her, my best friend, everyday. It left me with guilt and anger and with her passing, deep depression. I turned to yoga which helped me to deal with the grief. It helped me to be present with my feelings

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Nothing can take away the grief and emotions that come with losing a loved one, especially a surviving parent (I lost my dad when I was 15), but having that daily practice to myself gave me the ability to get through the grief and not sidestep it. Yoga allowed me to process and unravel the feelings I felt or feel each day

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My journey has led me to yoga, and to teaching yoga, and because of that, I feel at peace and happy that I can share the practice. When I practice yoga through asana I feel more embodied and inwardly connected. When I sit and close my eyes, I can work on my reactivity to chatter in my mind. When I teach, I can share my love and passion for yoga. I think we all know, deep down, what truly makes us happy, and what kind of life work fulfills us. This is my dharma

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I have studied under some of the industry’s most knowledgeable and skillful teachers. From the spearhead of Yin Yoga, Bernie Clark to the parents of Yin Yoga @paulgrilley & Suzee Grilley. To my Vinyasa teachers @clararobertsoss, @kathrynbudig & @tiffanycruikshank My restorative yoga training from Tianne Allen @sempervivayoga. I am truly grateful to them and every teacher who has guided me on my journey

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Yoga saves me every day. Like nothing else, my yoga mat is my place to heal 🙏"

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Lisa has been teaching group fitness and yoga since 2001. Lisa currently co-teaches the 200 Hour Teacher Program and leads the Yin Yoga Teacher Training Program at several studios in San Ramon California. Find her at www.lisajangyoga.com