yoga classes “On Demand” with Lisa.

These classes with Lisa Ash Yoga are carefully curated to feature the best that yoga has to offer: reduced stress, increased range of motion, enhanced nervous system function and connected mind-body-spirit.

Lisa’s signature class styles of myofascial release, breath-based flow, fascial healing and meditation are yours: One Purchase, One Class. Exactly what you need, when you need it.


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  1. Choose a class that’s perfect for you. Classes are organized by level of intensity: Therapeutic Flow, Gentle Flow, Vigorous Flow and Strength Flow.
  2. Click through to Purchase. Use LABlog at check out for $5 off!
  3. Check your email for your link and take your pre-recorded Yoga Therapeutics Class with Lisa.

As a Yoga Medicine® Registered Therapeutic Specialist, Lisa is trained in anatomy, postural alignment and specialized yoga for healing.

Use this Promo Code at check out for $5 off your first class: “LABLOG”

21 Day Gratitude Meditation Challenge, November 2020

“The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.”

-Robert Holden


In this Gratitude Meditation Challenge, you’ll receive a daily text reminding you to take a moment to pause, breathe and attune to gratitude.

The text message is designed to help you create and sustain a Daily Gratitude Practice. It may be a sentiment of gratitude, a guided breathing technique, an audio meditation or an inspirational article.

Studies suggest that people with a formal Gratitude Practice are more likely to adopt healthy habits, are more satisfied with their lives, sleep better, are less fatigued and are overall happier than people who don’t have a Gratitude Practice. (Read more from the John Templeton Foundation: The Science of Gratitude.)

This program culminates with a guided experience of Lisa’s Gratitude Meditation offered on Thanksgiving Day to share with your loved ones.

Daily Gratitude Meditation

with Lisa Ash Drackert

November 5- November 26, 2020

Your enrollment includes a $2 Donation to Rose Brooks Center. Learn more about their work helping women and children re-build their lives after leaving abusive homes. Rosebrooks.org

Enrollment closes November 4, 2020. Texts are sent 6 am CST, you can join this program from any time zone.

consider this your invitation.

Each fall we are wired to seek a return to routine.

At Westport Yoga KC, we teach a comprehensive yoga and meditation curriculum that offers routine and structure for your learning.

Our yearly curriculum is a comprehensive yoga education based on the full spectrum of yoga philosophy, breathing exercises, anatomically informed yoga poses and meditation.

In my classes we’ll consider concepts such as satya which is truthfulness, integrity and authenticity, and aprigraha, which is generosity. These are precepts of yoga philosophy that are so powerful that they transform hearts and minds and entire communities from fear-based to love-based speech and action.

Consider this your invitation.

Join me for classes this fall, either in my In-Person Classroom in Kansas City, Missouri, or my Online Classroom via Zoom.


Fall 2020 Yoga Teaching Schedule:

Saturday:

Saturday 9:00 am (CST) Hatha Yoga (Online Classroom)

Saturday 10:30 am Restore and Meditate (In-Person Classroom)

Monday

Monday 12:00 pm (CST) Hatha Yoga (Online Classroom)

Monday 6:00 pm Gentle Yoga Fundamentals (In-Person Classroom)

Tuesday

Tuesday 6:00 pm (CST) Vinyasa Yoga (Online Classroom)

Thursday

Thursday12:00 pm (CST) Yoga Therapeutics (Online Classroom)


Consider this the invitation you’ve been waiting for.

Consider this your invitation to join classes in our 2 Learning Locations: In-Person in Kansas City, Missouri and in my Online Classroom.

Use PROMOCODE: “LABLOG” for a $5 Scholarship on your next tuition investment.

give yourself 5 more minutes.


Do you know that Jonas Brothers song, “5 more minutes?” (If you don’t regularly listen to teen pop music in the car with the windows down like I do, here’s a sneak peek of the song.)

Lately, it’s my theme song. I’m constantly pleading for “just 5 more minutes” to myself before engaging with other humans.

I’ve learned that the most effective thing I can do to prepare myself for a transition– from work to home, from relaxation to 100% attention, from solitude to group energy– is not actually from the Jonas Brothers (god bless their teenage energy), but is actually from the Yoga Tradition.

In the teachings of yoga, formal breathing exercises are highly regarded as effective tools for increasing mental, physical and emotional resiliency and clarity.

Breathing exercises are called “pranayama.” This the fourth aspect of the traditional eight aspects of yoga philosophy. You can read my detailed article pranayama teachings for more information.


One of my favorite pranayama techniques is called Anuloma Pranayama.

Anuloma Pranayama practice is a specific breathing technique that improves concentration, reduces stress and prepares you well for mental transitions.

In this technique you place the fingers of your right hand on the bridge of your nose to add slight pressure on the exhale, essentially directing the breath out through only one nostril.

The inhale is through both nostrils and the exhale is through only one nostril. Practice for five minutes and end with just a moment of stillness before moving on in your day.


Try Anuloma Breathing Here:


Five minutes can make a world of difference to your mental health (according to yoga and also to according to the Jonas Bros.)

Pranayama Practices

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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

 

 


gratitude

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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