fall 2018 special events and workshops.

It is always my honor to share the teachings of yoga. Sometimes, I look at out the class of students gathered together at Westport Yoga KC and am stunned; I think, “This is so cool! These people are so eager to learn! They CHOSE to put their self-care at the top of their already-full ‘priority list’ and show up on the yoga mat to practice and learn these incredible teachings!”

And I know– life’s ‘priority list’ does fill up quickly. Mine does, too. But here’s the thing: the teachings of yoga show us how to navigate our lives with grace and commit to a gentler way of being that is grounded in self-care, care of others and care of our communities. As Donna Farhi says:

“Yoga does not remove us from the reality or responsibilities of everyday life but rather places our feet firmly and resolutely in the practical ground of experience. We don’t transcend our lives; we return to the life we left behind in hopes of something better.” 

I offer you this array of Special Events and Workshops in hope that you will firmly and resolutely choose self-care to heal your everyday experience. Please join me. Registration for Fall 2018 Events and Workshops opens July 18, 2018 here: Westport Yoga KC Pricing

September 2018

  • Stay-Cation Yoga Retreat with Lisa Ash Drackert. Saturday September 8, 2018. from 8 am- 2 pm. Details Here.
  • Meditation for Stress Relief, a 3 week course meeting on Thursday mornings June 13, 20 and 27 from 9-11 am. Details Here.
  • Writing-to-Wholeness Workshop with Julie Edge and Lisa Ash Drackert. a 6 week course on mindfulness and writing. Begins Sunday 23, 2018 4:00 pm.  Details Here.

October 2018

  • Stay-Cation Yoga Retreat with Lisa Ash Drackert. Saturday October 10, 2018 from 8 am- 2 pm.  Details Here.
  • Fasica Release Friday with Lisa Ash Drackert. Friday October 12, 2018 at 6 pm.  Details Here.
  • Myofascial Release Workshop with Lisa Ash Drackert, Saturday October 20 at 2 pm.  Details Here.

November 2018

  • Restore and Meditate Advanced Teacher Training Weekend. 25 Continuing Education Units for Yoga Teachers: November 9-11, 2018.  Details Here.
  • Gratitude Thanksgiving Candlelight Flow, Donation Class befitting Rose Brooks Center: Wednesday November 21, 6 pm.  Details Here.

December 2018

  • Meditation for Stress Relief, a 3 week course meeting on Sunday afternoons December 2, 9 and 16 from 2-4 pm.  Details Here.

Registration opens July 18, 2018! These events WILL sell out! Invest in yourself today: Westport Yoga KC

why writing is better than talking. (don’t miss this new 6 week class!)

Nothing has helped me achieve greater clarity and healing than daily Writing Meditation.

Chatting with my friends and my Life Coach Julie Edge is great, of course, and definitely better than talking to myself all the time. (Perspective, right?) But daily Writing Meditation is 10 times better; because when my thoughts crystallize into written words, patterns that I couldn’t see in the swirling of my internal monologue become clear.

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

Because, they are totally and completely ridiculously untrue — but they are unconscious assumptions and are actually holding me back. Research shows that the practice of journaling and writing meditation reduces stress, help us process grief and promotes healthy expression of emotion.

When it comes to writing meditation, I’ve found that the more I do it, the easier it gets.

Writing meditation helps me identify the the mental habits and limiting beliefs that are swirling around in my mind, making it all muddy and gunky. And then it helps me clear it all off, clean up my mind and take a deep breath.

Eventually, I’ll write something down— often hidden in between sentences of confusion or worry or scheming or totally random thoughts— that just makes everything clear. I’ll read it and think: “Oh now, THAT’S valuable insight. That is a gem.”

Join me for this 6 week course: Writing to Wholeness, to learn how daily writing meditation can unleash you from long-held mental habits and beliefs that are gunking up your life.

with Julie Edge and Lisa Ash Drackert

Sundays September 23, October 7, October 21, 2018

4:00- 5:30 pm @ Westport Yoga KC

Learn how to build and sustain a daily writing meditation practice in this exclusive 6-week course.

The Writing-to-Wholeness Workshop includes:

  • 6 weeks of daily writing prompts delivered via text
  • 3 in-person class sessions held at Westport Yoga KC
  • a custom tailored journal
  • weekly e-mails with writing tips and encouragement to support your practice
  • continuous online support from facilitators Julie Edge and Lisa Ash Drackert
  • complimentary tea and water during in-person meeting sessions
  • complimentary attendance of the Yin Yoga class immediately following in-person gatherings
  • 10% off all retail purchases at Westport Yoga KC during the duration of your course

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 than 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. This class will be led by Julie Edge of Inside Edge Coaching and Lisa Ash Drackert of Westport Yoga KC.

Learn more here: www.insideedgecoach.com/writing-workshop

Investment: $95  Registration Opens July 18

e-mail me to get on the Wait List– I have one 15% off discount code for the first person on the Wait List!

yoga for pain relief. 


Calling all allergy sufferers! (Excuse my stuffy nose-nerd-voice.) Yes, you! This yoga magic in the picture above is seriously the best remedy in the world for the headaches, stiff necks and swollen glands rampant in the oh-so-fragrant springtime.

I’ll be teaching this, along with a dozen other magical yoga tricks for healing your painful aches, this upcoming Saturday, April 29, 2017 in my Yoga for Pain Relief” Workshop. The workshop is held at Westport Yoga KC and runs from 2-4 pm. You can find details and registration links on our brand-spanking-new website: www.westportyogakansascity.com 

Yoga is a system of thought (science) and worldview (cosmology) which originated in the Indus River Valley about 5,000 years ago and evolved to include:

  • A medicine component: called Ayurveda
  • A movement component: called Asana
  • A breathing component: called Pranayama

All 3 of these components of yoga can contribute to a healthy mind and body. Yoga is primarily a way worldview that orients oneself in the universe to be free from suffering (or self-inflicted frustration.) In this workshop, we will learn how to use the therapeutic poses in the yoga system to relieve pain in the places we most commonly experience chronic pain: neck, shoulders, back, hips and heart. Stress manifests in our bodies as discomfort; learning techniques to relieve pain and discomfort opens a world of healing.  I’d love to share with you the ways to relieve pain and suffering in the mind and in the body– the workshop is filling up quickly, so please register soon! (Open registration is $35 (WY Members are $25).

See you soon,

-lisa

 

2016 round up.

What an incredible year 2016 was. Looking back, I’m proud to say that I fulfilled my Big Dreams set last January: to teach, to travel and to love.

In the teaching realm, I offered six very successful and special workshops on yoga philosophy, meditation, pranayama and yoga alignment. Continued thirst for this knowledge means I’ve got Spring 2017 Workshops already on the books. Check out my 2017 Workshop Schedule here. I’d be honored to be your guide as you deepen your understanding of how yoga can offer healing for you and your community.

I also expanded my offerings on my website to include Guided Meditations. Feedback has been profound. Listeners say they’ve used these free audio tracks to find a moment of peace during their lunch break, focus before a big meeting, and relaxation at the end of the day. One listener even shared that she and her daughter listen to them together!  Adorable. If you haven’t made a habit of listening to a 5 minute meditation as part of your daily routine, consider adding it to your New Year’s Goals. A little relaxation does a heart good. Find free Guided Meditations here. (Also, did I mention: they are FREE?)

My blog has expanded its reach exponentially, bringing more hope, heath, and happiness to your inbox. I’d love to reach others with these teachings; please consider sharing with friends and family. In addition, I’m now freelance writing for Maya Yoga KC and EA Bridal Magazine. I’m humbled by these opportunities to share my voice and teach outside of the studio walls.

In the traveling realm, I spent a week in Sedona, Arizona studying with Yoga Medicine Founder Tiffany Cruikshank and came home with a vast storehouse of yoga therapeutics for healing hips and spine which I am eager to share with you in my upcoming 2017 workshop Yoga for Pain Relief.  I spent July exploring the Great Northwest with my Ironman during my sabbatical and nabbed spectacular yoga photos to add to my yoga-asana gallery.  I even visited three brand-new states on my honeymoon (yes, in yoga pants) to revel in the remarkable transformation of colors in the White Mountains.     file_0001

In the loving realm, I spent incalculable hours laughing over lunches with girlfriends and had a blast with my bridal party at all my pre-wedding festivities that littered the calendar. I moved into a new house (remember this post?) and created a nurturing environment for my little family. I married the person I love most in the world, officially acquiring a new family and even a new last name. You’ll want to look at our gorgeous wedding photos on Jana Marie Photography’s blog. Her photos truly captured what a truly magical day it was. So yea, 2016 has been incredible.

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Now, on to 2017: For two years I offered #MeditationThoughtMondays on this blog, hoping to spur a moment of reflection to start the week off right and conquer any residual Cases of the Mondays.  I hope you’ve found inspiration and solace in these teachings. I truly believe that meditation is life-changing. I truly believe that peace is inevitable when we learn to heal our inner lives through meditation and prayer. However, in 2017 I’m moving my blog in a new direction: teaching the philosophy of yoga and how it informs our self-care.

Through working with countless private clients and students, I’ve learned that an integral part of yoga teaching is missing from most classes we attend. It’s the real stuff: the teachings from the Yoga Sutras about how to relieve suffering in body and in mind.  So, not more #MeditationThoughtMondays. Together, we are moving on and moving deeper. I’ll still be totally authentic and share with you details about my yoga journey; I’ll still share adorable photos of Russell Clive Drackert; I’ll still ask you to meditate daily. But basically, I want to focus on bringing all the pieces of yoga together for you: why we do the poses, what’s the philosophy wisdom in this tradition, and how uniting body+ mind+ spirit helps you live your life more fully.

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(Russell Clive will still make periodic appearances on the blog, because he’s the cutest Yoga Dog in the world and he REALLY wants you to meditate and live a full +healthy life.)

So, readers, I’ll catch you in 2017 with all new teaching and inspiration; but for now, here’s my 5 favorite posts from 2016:

Lisaashyoga.com 2016 Round Up:

Happy Holidays (please do your yoga so you can actually enjoy your family) and see you in January.

Love, Love, Love!

-lisa (with a new last name)

mark your calendars (and a SALE!)

Hey you guys- I know this time of year gets busy (fast!) which is why I need you to add a few events to your 2016 Holiday Calendars today.

I’m hosting 1 donation yoga class, 1 SALE on private yoga lessons, and 1 workshop this fall. You don’t want to miss any of them, trust me.

The Gratitude Flow on November 23rd is my favorite class of the year. The night before Thanksgiving, we meet to practice yoga by candlelight and share in my Guided Gratitude Meditation.  It is always a magical experience which opens our hearts to give and receive deep gratitude.  All donations benefit The Rose Brooks Center, which helps women and children re-build their lives after leaving abusive households.

Also, my Introduction to Meditation workshop is back– I host this twice a year at Westport Yoga KC and it always sells out. Learning to meditate with a teacher takes all the guess-work out of it… and you go home with a manual that guides you through starting your own home practice.  One registration fee includes all three sessions (sign up below.)

And lastly, I’m making holiday shopping easy for you this year: through December 20, you can purchase 3 Private Sessions as a gift. All the details are below; it’s an awesome deal!  Use the contact form on my website to request an invoice or email me: ash.lisamarie@gmail.com.  Happy Early holidays!

upcoming events and workshops

upcoming events.

Gratitude Flow

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Wednesday November 23, 2016 @ Westport Yoga KC, 6:00 pm

This annual class will open your heart and body to experience true Gratitude.  Our special Candlelight Flow will end with a deep savasana and Gratitude Meditation with Lisa Ash Drackert. All levels welcome. Cash donations are accepted for the Rose Brooks Center.

2016 Holiday Sale on private lessons.

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The perfect gift for the yogi (or aspiring yogi) in your life. For a limited time only, you can purchase a set of 3 Private Yoga lessons with Lisa Ash Drackert as a holiday gift for only $185.  (Normally priced at $225)

The fine print: Lessons must be purchased as a gift. All sessions must be used by July 1, 2017. Clients must be in good physical health and must complete all required paperwork, adhering to Lisa’s private-client-policies. Holiday Sale valid November 7, 2016- December 20, 2016.  Limit: TWO packages per person.

Please purchase by contacting Lisa and she will send you an invoice.

workshops.

Introduction to Meditation for Stress Relief

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Sundays December 4, 11, and 18, 2016.  2:00- 4:00 pm @ Westport Yoga 

4304 Bell Street, Fl. 2 KC, MO 64111

This 3-part series is a perfect introduction to Meditation. We will explore the modern-day benefits of meditation and how you can integrate the practice into your life for stress relief and greater awareness.

In each session, Lisa Ash Drackert will teach Meditation techniques which cultivate attention, deepen focus, and embrace stillness. You’ll have the opportunity to practice meditation in an encouraging group setting and engage in conversation with classmates. The course includes a take-home manual for future reference and suggestions on how to successfully plan your at-home meditation practice.

One registration includes all three sessions.

(Limit 18 students. Please note, there are no refunds for this workshop.)

See it all here:

https://lisaashyoga.com/teaching-schedule/upcoming-events-and-workshops/

Ashtanga Alignment Workshops: January 24 and January 31.

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Ashtanga Alignment: Primary Series Poses

Workshops: Saturdays January 25 and January 31

with Lisa Ash @ Maya Yoga

SOLD OUT

 Saturday January 25, 2015.  2:00-4:30: Standing Postures.

 Saturday January 31, 2015.  2:00-4:30: Seated Postures.

 Pricing: $35 for one workshop or $60 for both workshops (tax not included).

Do you have an Ashtanga Primary Series Practice but are still thinking: ‘I’m not sure where my body goes in this pose?’  This workshop is for YOU!

Are you new to the Ashtanga Primary Series Practice and still thinking: ‘I’m not sure where my body goes in this pose?’  This workshop is for YOU!

 In these two workshops, Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Lisa Ash will teach essential alignment of the essential Ashtanga Primary Series Poses with special focus on accommodations for your body and proper skeletal alignment for practicing with ease.

Recommended Reading: The Ashtanga Yoga Practice Manual by David Swenson.  Copies available for sale at Maya Yoga for $30.00 (tax not included).

 Location:

Maya Yoga

215 W 18th Street, KC MO

www.mayayoga.com

 

 Saturday January 25, 2015.  2:00-4:30: Standing Postures.

 Saturday January 31, 2015.  2:00-4:30: Seated Postures.

SOLD OUT

World’s Oldest Yoga Teacher– 95 Years Young!

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95 years young, Tao Porchon-Lynch  

April 26th in Overland Park, KS

Two workshops at Mark Blanchard’s Progressive Power Yoga

3665 W. 95th St, Overland Park, KS (In Ranchmart)

Saturday, April 26

10:00am to Noon:  “There is Nothing You Cannot Do:” Aging Gracefully: Wisdom Through the Ages

2:00-4:00pm:  2.5 hour Advanced Practice “The Eternal Energy of Yoga”

Tao Porchon-Lynch is truly living proof of the effectiveness of a life-long yoga practice. Her colorful life of glamour and grit, from marching with Gandhi to the French Resistance and heyday of Hollywood, brings a unique and unparalleled experience to her students.

            Join us as we host this inspiring 95-years-young yoga grand master and explore the eternal energy of yoga. Tao will integrate breath and movement, and share with us the experience of her “yoga tango.”  Using the four pillars of yoga-pranayama (breath work), mudras (gestures), bandhas (energetic locks) and chakras (energy centers), we will explore the rich potential of the body to renew, heal and revitalize.

More information on workshop details and prices can be found here. More information on Tao can be found here.