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4:13 pm

Summer Yoga School, July 7 to August 1, 2014



Most of you know me, but let me tell you a little bit more about myself: I’m a ptsd survivor, a former academic, a yogini, a mother, a wife, a yoga teacher, someone who has recovered from addiction and family dysfunction… and co-owner of Live Well Studio. I have a great life and I have had some very tough times. Yoga has kept me sane and whole through the most difficult times of my life.  Yoga has been my spiritual resource and my personal life raft.


Are you ready to deepen your yoga resource? What would you like to learn more of? Are you ready to establish a daily meditation practice?  Or become more proficient in asana?  Or deepen your understanding of yoga philosophy and history?  If so, I would like to personally invite you to join our 2014 Yoga Immersion. (July 7 to August 1). Yoga Immersions are a subset of our Yoga Teacher Training.  They allow you to dip into the training without signing up for the full time experience. We offer 4 tracks:  Meditation (daily 7-8am); Asana (daily 8-10:30am, includes Meditation Immersion if you choose to come at 7am);  Anatomy and Asana Analysis (2:30-5pm, July 7 to July 22); or History and Philosophy (11:30a-1pm, July 7 to July 23).  Register before June 15 and receive a 25% discount on any of the sub-immersions.


And if you are really ready to go deeper, whether you ever want to teach yoga or not, think about joining the full immersion.  If you call me ask questions, I’ll extend the early enrollment deadline from June 1 to June 15. 



Lisa Wells, Ph.D. 


Click here for details and registration. 



4:07 pm

Why I do yoga can’t be captured in a yoga selfie by Lisa Wells

[For my students who don’t follow the yoga blogs, this is a response to recent posts and controversy around ‘Celebrity Yoga Selfies’ and ‘Tara Stiles/Yoga in a Glass Box”]


I came to yoga in the Iyengar studios of Berkeley around 1990.  Like many people, I thought I was coming to yoga to help cure my bad back. I was in my early 30s, newly sober, newly in therapy, and in a very high stress job as a young professor at UC Berkeley. Yes, yoga helped my bad back. And Yoga taught me some cool poses.  But what I really needed to learn in yoga, what I continue to learn from yoga, is to love my body as it is, injuries, warts, fat, and all.


I’m a sexual abuse survivor and I suffer from the symptoms of PTSD.  When I first walked into the yoga rooms I did not know what PTSD was and I had not yet realized that the experiences of my childhood were sexual abuse. I had spent a good deal of my life dissociated from my body. I did not realize that I was running away from memories stored in my flesh. Drugs and alcohol had helped make the experience of living in my flesh tolerable. When I stopped using, I had to find a new way of coping with simply having a body.


Yoga taught me to live in my flesh.  Yoga taught me the language of my flesh.  Yoga taught me that I could be safe in my flesh.  Yoga built a relationship of trust between my body and my mind. Yoga helped me discover how to tolerate physical pleasure while staying sober. Yoga taught me to love my body. 


You don’t have to be a sexual abuse survivor to suffer from body dysmorphia and dissociation.  Our advertising and media driven society is heavily invested in teaching us that our flesh, as it is, is unworthy of love.  This constant message is abuse enough to illicit a neurotic relationship with our bodies. Resisting this message is the job of a full time revolutionary.  Tara Stiles may call herself a ‘yoga rebel’  but it seems to me that she is a pawn of the marketers simply selling us more of what the culture already sells, but wrapping in yogic verbiage.  Besides some interesting contortions of the body what is yogic about her work?  How does she teach us to love our flesh and be free of this barrage of marketer’s hell?  How does she teach the sexual abuse survivor who breaks down in tears in class?  Or the student who dissociates and disappears behind an emotional wall of self-protection during class?  Most of my yoga injuries have happened when I was dissociated and striving to force my body into a pose that was not healthy for me.  How do we prevent this from happening in the studio?


What is yoga?  Yoga is not a fancy pose in a glass box in Times Square. Yoga cannot be captured in a selfie.  Yoga is the blissful smile on my student’s faces when they are resting in savasana. Yoga is the luxurious stretches as the body reawakens after savasana.  Yoga is alive when someone chooses child’s pose instead of a handstand because they are listening to their body.   Yoga is alive when we learn to speak the language of our body and truly listen to what our body has to say.  Yoga is alive when we fall in love with ourselves as we are and our world as it is.



Lisa Wells, Ph.D.