About lisa ash yoga

Lisa Ash Drackert is a yoga instructor, teacher, leader and dreamer based in Kansas City, Missouri.

one very important relationship.

I have come to believe that an essential task in my life is to develop and maintain compassionate Stewardship over my own soul.

While it sometimes seems more important to please others, to uphold the opinions of others, to care for others above my own needs, these bottomless tasks eventually leave me feeling depleted, dull.

There are other relationships I am blessed to be inside of, but only one that I am blessed to live with my entire life from day 1 to my last breath.

This compassionate stewardship with my own Soul may actually be the only relationship I am truly tasked with curating in this lifetime; and I don’t just want this relationship to be ‘good.’ I want it to be enchanting and sparkling with well-being.

The work of Dr. Kristin Neff, co-founder of the Center for Self-Compassion, combined with the elemental healing effects of breath work from the yoga tradition and targeted fascial bodywork (yin yoga) are fundamental practices for developing this relationship.

The three aspects of Self-Compassion are self-kindness, common humanity and mindfulness; these are all things we practice on our yoga mat. I’d love to share more with you!

Enrollment is open for my Online Workshop 5 week series: Yin Yoga for Self-Compassion.

Each week will introduce accessible and relaxing yoga and breathing techniques (slow, low to the floor) and teaching on the 3 aspects of Self-Compassion.

Each week’s class is recorded; even if you can’t join class live, please enroll and you’ll receive the links to take class later that day!

Wednesdays September 2-30, 2020. 10:30 am (CST) in the Westport Yoga KC Online Classroom.

Enroll Here

Hoping to see you then-

writing your truth: 6 week course.

Writing Your Truth Fall 2020

Nothing has helped me achieve greater clarity and healing than daily Writing Meditation. When my thoughts crystallize into written words, patterns that I couldn’t see previously in the swirling of my internal monologue become clear.

The first few minutes of pen-to-paper writing is just the surface excavation: I’m dumping and sweeping dirt aside to get down to the next level. This “next level” is when I get courageous enough to write down the thoughts that I would never say aloud to anyone.

Writing meditation helps me identify any limiting beliefs swirling around in my mind, making it all muddy and gunky. And then, combined with the spiritual practices of intention, breath and meditation, it helps me clear it all off, clean up my mind and come back to my Truth.

Research suggests that the practice of journaling and writing meditation reduces stress, help us process grief and promotes healthy expression of emotion.

In this 6 week course “Writing Your Truth,” to learn how daily writing meditation can unleash you from long-held mental habits and beliefs and help you uncover your Truth.


“Writing Your Truth” 6 week course

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 and 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

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We’d like to invite you to enroll early and reserve your place in this incredible course with us.

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


 

what’s your motivation?

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Why do I meditate? Doesn’t it sometimes seem pointless and just another task to fit into my busy day? (yes.) Doesn’t it seem a little self-indulgent when the world is filled with movement and chaos and people who lack the luxury of stillness in a safe space? (yes.) Doesn’t it seem like I’m not really doing it right when my mind is still planning and my body is still fidgety and I’m somehow crammed in a dog bed with my son Russell Clive and my daughter who insists on a bottle right now? (yes.)

But it’s worth it. My motivation to continue my meditation practice is informed by the rich array of physiological benefits proven by measurable research. Meditation can reduce stress, increase longevity by securing the telomeres on chromosome strands, boost cognitive abilities by protecting the density of my brain’s gray matter, decrease emotional instability, promote better digestion and encourage restful sleep.

Here are the motivational factors for maintaining a habitual meditation practice that my yoga and meditation students appreciate:

  • More focus
  • Less stress
  • Emotional healing
  • Healthier body
  • Calm mind

It’s vital to both understand and articulate the driving motivation for beginning a new habit. Only then, when your motivation is both internal and external, felt and seen, personal and shared, will the obstacles to achieving this change in your life slip away, almost effortlessly.

“You are what your deep, driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.” -The Upanishads

For me, the most potent motivation for a routine meditation practice is that my body and mind feel balanced.

My brain feels more organized and my thoughts less scattered. My actions are more gentle, my smile wider. My energy levels are in better equilibrium, I eat 4 healthy meals a day and pay attention to where I’m walking. I break fewer dishes. I spill fewer shampoo bottles. I listen to pop music, eat salads, call friends, go to yoga class and hold dance parties in the kitchen. I work really, really hard and am completely focused on my yoga students and my business when it’s time to work hard; then I relax and am completely present with my husband and my daughter. 

When my life is in balance, I appreciate the innate capacity of my body to move toward optimal health and homeostasis, I believe deeply in my body’s Divine right to health and biological equanimity. When I feel balanced, I crave less wine, my eyes are less itchy, I worry less about money and I’m less likely to find everyone else super-annoying. When I feel in balance, I breathe into a sense of ease; like each breath actually matters.

These things are important to notice because how I act may be more important than how I feel; feelings are unreliable and easy to misinterpret. However, my daily actions and habits have an undeniable impact on the quality of my life, my relationships, my business, my service, my health (and my dishes).

So. Here we go.

Why are you meditating? Let’s keep going, together. 


Balance and Ease Meditation

 


Guided Meditation Teachings

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trust your inner knowing meditation.

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“Your willing presence in the world is absolutely precious and deeply needed.

Therefore never think that you must escape from the world in order to be centered and recollected. Instead, find your spaces within the real stuff of life and within the real stuff of yourself.

Quiet and stillness serve our deeper entry into that which is, not the withdrawal from it. See and hear and feel what is around and within you. Acknowledge it and respond as love invites you to.”
-Gerald May, The Awakened Heart


When we sit in stillness, we learn to trust our own wisdom and insight.  This inner wisdom supersedes the demands of anxiety and fear, which allows us to act with greater care for ourselves and for others.

I encourage you to develop a routine meditation practice; chose a routine that integrates seamlessly into your lifestyle. Whether you have time to sit and breathe for 20 minutes or sit and breathe for 2 minutes, the presence, the peace of mind, the equilibrium and the space you will encounter is worth it.

In other words, meditate in a way that brings meaning, wisdom and presence to your life.

Meditate in your bed. Meditate in your Adirondack chair on the back porch. Meditate in your kid’s play room, surrounded by toys. Meditate on your yoga mat. Meditate in your kitchen. Meditate in your home office before you turn on your computer. Meditate in your shower before crawling into bed to put the day to rest. You know what is best for you. Trust that knowing.

In that knowing, you will learn to listen deeply and then acknowledge and respond as love invites you to. As Gerald May reminds us, “Quiet and stillness serve our deeper entry into that which is, not the withdrawal from it. See and hear and feel what is around and within you. Acknowledge it and respond as love invites you to.”

This is my favorite Meditation technique that encourages you to trust your inner knowing.


“Trust Your Inner Knowing” Meditation


Guided Meditation Teachings

Love these Resources? Consider partnering with Lisa to continue providing valuable teachings that promote hope, health and happiness here:

$4.00

learning to love your essence.

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Meditation taught me that to love someone doesn’t require them to be without flaws or to ignore the fullness of who they are; to love someone is simply to care deeply for their well-being.
When we love, we naturally incline toward nurture, acceptance, grace, forgiveness and actions that make space for wholeness to emerge. Maintaining and caring for well-being becomes the primary action and intention of the relationship.”

The people I love most in the world are perfection.

They always make mistakes and they apologize for their mistakes. They laugh loudly and forget appointments and show up late and smile sheepishly and snap at me when they are tired or hungry or bug-eyed overwhelmed. They are tall and they are short; they are a little overweight and a little underweight. They are sometimes frazzled and other times they are put together and impeccably dressed.

They sometimes call me at weird times of the day to rant their fears and unintelligible misunderstandings and they sometimes hug me deeply and with meaning at the exact moment when I feel unmoored and disconnected. They are unhealed and they are healing; they are working through profound emotional trauma and they are also ministers in their own right, gracing me and their families with wisdom and acceptance.

They are perfect and they are VERY VERY MESSY HUMAN BEINGS… and, because of all this messiness, I care deeply for their well-being.

Through years of emotional discernment and chasing joy and looking deeply for wonder and listening deeply through meditation, I’ve learned that even I belong in this category of humans. The category being: people who are messy and perfect and deserve to be loved into wholeness and loved at their essence.

Meditation taught me that to love someone doesn’t require them to be without flaws or to ignore the fullness of who they are; to love someone is simply to care deeply for their well-being.

When we love, we naturally incline toward nurture, acceptance, grace, forgiveness and actions that make space for wholeness to emerge. Maintaining and caring for well-being becomes the primary action and intention of the relationship.

I’ve witnessed powerful and profound effects within the hearts and lives of my meditation students when they use their meditation time to deliberately nurture their well-being. One student told me that in learning to meditate she uncovered her belief that she didn’t deserve health and well-being. Her meditation practice then became a deliberate time of remembering how to care for herself, how to remind herself that she was perfectly imperfect and worthy of love.

Here is the meditation I gave her; I hope it helps you remember which category of humans you belong to: the one that is perfect, in essence.

Learning to Love Your Essence Meditation:

Happy loving,

-lisa