- Yoga (philosophy, flow, gentle, yin, restorative, chair, adaptive)
- Qigong (moving meditation elemental flow)
- Intuitive Movement (moving in a way that honors the needs and present experience of the body)
- Embodied Play (movement, stillness, and play practices exploring the intersects of care, pleasure, and justice)
- Mindfulness Meditation (an emphasis on grounding, recognizing, allowing, befriending, and offering care, compassion, joy, and harmony to the body-heart-mind)
- Dharma Reflections (primarily drawing from Insight Meditation with influences from Zen Buddhism)
Lissa is currently offering mindfulness meditation, yoga, qigong, intuitive movement, and embodied play classes online. To see the schedule and sign up, please visit Lissa’s punchpass site.
Movement and Stillness as Care Series
What forms of movement and stillness do our bodies-hearts-minds need as care?
In these offerings, we will explore what is present in the body, heart, mind, and any care that is needed. The guidance for the practice will draw from yoga, qigong, and/or mindfulness meditation and offer time for self-guided and intuitive movement practices in an offering of care for our bodies and beings. The practice can be done seated, standing, lying down, in motion and in stillness, and in all the ways and forms that supports your body and needs.
When: Mondays 9:15a-10a EST &/or Wednesdays 6-6:45p EST live as well as available via replay for a week after the event. Schedule notes: The guided meditation class on Tuesdays starts on March 23rd.
Where: Online via zoom. Register via punchpass and a zoom link will be sent to you as well as access to a replay of the class.
Cost: Pay what you can.
EMBODIED PLAY, CARE, & MEDITATION:
RECLAIMING INTERGENERATIONAL JOY & RESILIENCE
Sign up for the Embodied Play, Care, & Meditation series Reclaiming Intergenerational Joy and Resilience on the third Thursday of the month from 7-8pm EST beginning on March 18th.
*It is said that trauma as well as resilience are passed down intergenerationally. There can sometimes be an emphasis on the negative qualities we inherit as opposed to all the supportive qualities we also inherit. What does it look and feel like to center reclaiming intergenerational joy and resilience alongside healing intergenerational trauma to benefit those who have already come and those who are still to come in our lineages?
*Exploring embodied practices as forms of care. Space will be offered for all the feelings present (grief, rage, exhaustion, joy, calm, etc), to hold space for each other, resource, and release.
*In this embodied practice, we will utilize Pleasure Activism by adrienne maree brown, My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem, and Buddhist principles and teachings as some of our guides.
*Offered in a trauma-responsive way where folks are encouraged to take care of their bodies and their needs throughout the practice
Where: Online via zoom. Register via punchpass
Cost: Pay what you can
When: Monthly on the third Thursdays from 7-8 pm EST beginning on March 18th
Who: Folks are encouraged to have engaged in learning around social and racial justice as well as intersectionality prior to joining these sessions to support a readiness for exploration around the topic of intergenerational resilience/trauma which includes the impact of race- and oppression-based trauma.
ABOUT LISSA & EMBODIMENT
Lissa found a love and dedication for yoga, intuitive movement, and the dharma in 2008 as well as for qigong in 2018. Mindfulness of the body and relating to the body as a teacher and friend are at the heart of Lissa’s embodiment practice and help facilitate Lissa’s teaching style of offering meditative movement which is trauma-responsive and allows folks to move and be in a way that honors the needs and wisdom of their own bodies.
Lissa’s embodiment trainings include:
- Mindfulness teacher certification
- 200-hour Qigong teacher certification
- 500-hour yoga teacher certification with Ignite Yoga and Wellness + trainings in chair, gentle, yin, restorative, vinyasa, kemetic, and adaptive yoga
- Certified InterPlay leader
- Somatic-based trauma therapy approaches including IFOT and EMDR
- 200+ days of residential silent Insight meditation retreat, studying with teachers in the Sōtō Zen, Plum Village, and Theravāda Buddhism traditions, and ongoing mentorship for community dharma leadership
Along with continuing to study with the above communities, Lissa studies with Marisa Cranfill who integrates yoga and qigong and with Bo Forbes who explores embodiment, emotional health, and social justice.
Lissa is deeply thankful for the innumerable offerings of care received through embodied practice and always wants to honor the roots of these practices stemming from Africa, the subcontinent of India, and China.