2020 Fall Workshops: enrollment is open!

For the first time, I’m teaching Yoga and Meditation Workshops in my Online Classroom, which means you can learn in the comfort of your own home and join me from your time zone. Each Workshop covers specialty curriculum that you don’t want to miss!

For $5 off your Tuition, use this PromoCode at checkout: LABLOG. See you online!

Please enroll here: WestportYogaKansasCity


Upcoming 2020 Workshops

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Yoga Immune Boost Workshop

Sunday August 2, 2020; 9:00 am- 10:30 am (CST)

held in our Online Classroom at Westport Yoga KC

with Lisa Ash Drackert, Yoga Medicine® Therapeutic Specialist

Your lymphatic system plays an essential role in healthy immunity, circulation, and detoxification. The primary goal of this Workshop is to teach specific yoga-based movements, breath patterns and meditations that support healthy lymph flow and an optimal immune system. This Workshop is Lisa’s signature style: myofascial release, specific breath-based flow and deeply healing restorative yoga. This class will include some forward folds and numerous twists; it is appropriate for students with non-injured spinal discs.

The best part? This Workshop is taught Live at 9 am Central Standard Time on Sunday morning; after the workshop concludes you’ll receive a password protected link of the recorded Workshop to download, keep and repeat when your immune system needs an extra boost!

Your tuition includes a $2 Donation to KC CARE Clinic, which provides equitable, quality health services in our Kansas City Urban Core. Learn More: kccare.org

What you need for this class:

  1. Yoga Mat

  2. Yoga Blanket or Bath Towel

  3. Myofascial Release Ball or Tennis Ball

Investment: $28

Please enroll at WestportYogaKansasCity.com

ONLINE, 9 am Central Standard Time.


Yin Yoga for Self Compassion Series Sept 2020

Yin Yoga for Self- Compassion

a 5 Week Workshop Series

Wednesdays September 2- 30, 2020; 10:30 am- 11:45 am

with Lisa Ash Drackert, Yoga Medicine® Therapeutic Specialist

In this 5 week Workshop Series, we will study the 3 pillars of Self-Compassion identified by Dr. Kristin Neff, co-founder of the Center for Self-Compassion, and learn how to incorporate metta (loving-kindness) meditation into our Yin Yoga practice to enhance our sense of self-care and self-worth.

Yin Yoga is a low impact yoga style that targets the connective tissue of the hips, spine and shoulders.  Yin postures are held for an extended period of time to allow connective tissue to hydrate, restore and heal.

Yin Yoga is based on the concept of Yin/Yang energy from Traditional Chinese Medicine. According to this theory, health is balance between these two energies, which are in constant flux and experiencing a continually cycling balance.

Each class in this Workshop Series will focus on balancing the energies of a specific Traditional Chinese Medicine Meridian.

What you need for this class:

  1. Yoga Mat

  2. Yoga Blanket or Bath Towel

  3. Myofascial Release Ball or Tennis Ball

  4. Yoga Bolster or Pillow

Enrollment closes at 2 pm (CST) on Tuesday September 1. Zoom Information will be e-mailed directly to you.

This Workshop is taught Live at 10:30 am Central Standard Time; in a different time zone? Great! Enroll anyway and you’ll receive links of the recorded class to practice on your own time.

Investment: $85

Please enroll at WestportYogaKansasCity.com

ONLINE, 10:30 am Central Standard Time.


Writing Your Truth Fall 2020

Writing Your Truth

Sunday September 27- Sunday November 8, 2020

with Julie Edge and Lisa Ash Drackert

Learn how to build and sustain a daily writing meditation practice in this exclusive 6-week course with Julie Edge, PhD, certified Life Coach and Lisa Ash Drackert, Yoga Medicine Therapeutic Specialist.

6 Week Daily Writing Course: September 27- November 8, 2020, including 4 Online Classes via Zoom 4:00-5:30 pm (CST)

  • Sunday September 27

  • Sunday October 11

  • Sunday October 25

  • Sunday November 8

What is “Writing Meditation?”

Writing meditation is a daily practice blending the art of writing with spiritual development.

Similar to journaling, writing meditation practice provides a safe place for emotional release and of ‘letting go’ of thoughts. However, different from journaling, writing meditation is not meant to capture the day’s activities or to solve a specific problem. It’s a free writing method that offers a way to observe thoughts and emotion in a judgement-free zone so you can draw closer to your own Truth.

Investment: $225

Enroll at WestportYogaKansasCity.com

 

 


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Daily Gratitude Meditation

with Lisa Ash Drackert

November 6- November 26, 2020

21 Day Gratitude Meditation Challenge:

Enroll to receive a daily text reminder (sent at 6 am CST) that invites you to dwell in a moment of stillness and gratitude. Each day, you’ll receive a daily text reminding you to take a moment to pause, breathe and tune in to gratitude.

The text may link you to a guided breathing technique, a guided meditation or an inspirational article. The program culminates with a guided experience of Lisa’s Full Gratitude Meditation on Thanksgiving Day to share with your loved ones.

Enrollment Closes on November 4, 2020. Text reminders will be send 6 am Central Standard Time, which means you can participate in this meditation program wherever you live!

Investment: $28

Please enroll at WestportYogaKansasCity.com


 

your 9 senses.

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“At its most basic level– attention– what we allow ourselves to notice– literally determines how we experience and navigate the world.” – Sharon Salzberg


My Air Conditioning unit is right below my back deck; that thing is beyond loud. I yell over the whirring of the AC motor like it’s no big deal until it abruptly kicks off and suddenly my back yard dissolves into a muggy, oppressive quiet. I’m always surprised at how loud it actually was and by how much mental effort I was using to tune it out.

In Yoga Philosophy, there is a concept called pratyahara which encourages tuning out extraneous sensory stimuli in order to bring a definitive focus to our internal sensations and perceptions. It is classically translated as “withdrawing the senses inward.” (Read more here: pratyahara.)

Typically, we think first of our 5 first-grade senses: sight, sound, smell, hearing and feeling. But did you know that most biological neurologists agree that humans have 9 senses in total? (Personally, I’m on board with eco-psychologist Dr. Michael Cohen who believes we have 21 senses, including our sense of responding to gravity, air pressure, motion, thirst and pheromones, but for the sake of focus, let’s focus on the top 9.)

The additional 4 senses are:

  1. Thermoception– your sense of heat
  2. Nociception– your sense of tissue discomfort and pain
  3. Equilibrioception– your sense of balance
  4. Proprioception– your sense of where your body is in space and in relation to itself

These additional 4 senses are primarily perceptions of the sensations under the skin.

When taking into account the massive amount of external stimuli that bombards our bodies, and the huge amount of internal data being processed by our brains every moment, it makes sense that “withdrawing the senses inward” would help relieve mental distraction, which is the ultimate goal of yoga.

I appreciate the direction of pratyahara because it asks me to dial in my mental focus by tuning out the whirring distractions that are trying to steal my attention and instead focus my energy on what really matters to me.

Sound helpful? Try these 2 Pratyahara Guided Meditations with me:

Pratyahara Meditation

Sensory Awareness Guided Relaxation

Happy Tuning,

-lisa


Guided Meditation Teachings

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how yoga boosts your immune system.

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photo by Chloe Virginia Photography

Did you know that yoga can boost your immune system by promoting lymphatic regularity and nourishing your tissues with oxygen-rich blood cells? 

Your lymphatic system plays an essential role in healthy immunity, circulation and detoxification. It is a complex network of vessels found throughout the body (especially in the fascial system) that efficiently circulates lymphocytes, disease fighting antibodies, metabolic byproducts and lymph fluid to keep your body vital. 

Yoga, Self-Myofascial Release and yoga pranayama (breathing exercises) support a robust lymphatic system by encouraging the removal of impurities from the body. In addition, contracting your muscles as you move and breathe in yoga acts as a pump for the lymphatic system. Mindful, vigorous movement of any kind helps the lymphatic system flow more efficiently, however, yogic techniques in particular also help mitigate harmful effects of stress on your body. This combination builds the base for strong immunity.


Try these 3 Yoga Practices to Boost your Immune System:

  1. Legs up the Wall Pose. Scoot your hips close to the wall and lay down on your back, sliding your heels upward. Set a timer for 6 to 10 minutes and rest on your back. Don’t have a wall? Sling your feet up on the seat of a chair. Gentle, supported inversions help promote lymphatic flow, reduce swelling and remove excess build-up of fluid around major organs.

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2. Foot Massage with Self- Myofascial Release. Grab a tennis ball and roll the bottom of your foot on the ball from heel to toe. Use medium pressure so that it feels reassuring to the tissues but is easy to control the movement. After 3 minutes, decrease the pressure significantly and “scribble” the ball in all directions like its a marker making random patterns on the bottom of your foot. This encourages lymphatic return and can help re-circulate disease fighting lymphocytes all over the body.

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3. Diaphragm Strengthening.

Roll up a towel and slide it under the soft part of your belly as you lie down in sphinx pose: belly down, chest supported by the forearms. Take 10 cleansing inhales and exhales; inhale through the nose and exhale a loud sigh out of the mouth. The lymphatic system helps to remove toxins and other natural metabolic byproducts from the bloodstream through perspiration, bowel movements and breathing, keeping your body healthy.

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Learn More! Join Lisa for an Online Workshop: Yoga Immune Boost Workshop

Sunday August 2, 2020; 9:00 am- 10:30 am  (CST)

held in the Online Classroom at Westport Yoga KC

Enroll Here

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The primary goal of the “Yoga Immune Boost Workshop” with Lisa Ash Drackert, Yoga Medicine Therapeutic Specialist, is to teach specific yoga-based movements, breath patterns and meditation that support healthy lymph flow and contribute to an optimal immune system.  

This Workshop is Lisa’s signature style: myofascial release, alignment based yoga flow and deeply healing restorative yoga. 

The best part? This Workshop is taught Live at 9 am Central Standard Time on Sunday August 2nd ; after the workshop concludes you’ll receive a password protected link of the recorded Workshop to download, keep and repeat when your immune system needs an extra boost!

Your tuition includes a $2 Donation to KC CARE Clinic, which provides equitable, quality health services in our Kansas City Urban Core. Learn More: kccare.org

What you need for this class:

  1. Yoga Mat
  2. Yoga Blanket or Bath Towel
  3. Myofascial Release Ball or Tennis Ball
  4. Chair or Wall

This Workshop is taught Live at 9 am Central Standard Time; after the workshop concludes you’ll receive a password protected link of the recorded Workshop to download, keep and repeat when you most need it.


Yoga Immune Boost August 2 2020 pic

Yoga Immune Boost Workshop

Sunday August 2, 2020; 9:00 am- 10:30 am  (CST)

held in our Online Classroom at Westport Yoga KC

with Lisa Ash Drackert, Yoga Medicine® Therapeutic Specialist

Enrollment closes at 2 pm on Saturday August 1.  Zoom log-in Information will be e-mailed directly to you on Sunday August 2.

Enroll Here