Lisa Sanfilippo is known for offering deeper levels of awareness and insight in body, mind and heart. Her classes draw upon smart bio-mechanical alignment principles, Tantric philosophy, art, and psychology. Lisa has been practising yoga since 1997 and teaching since 2002. She’s taught yoga to everyone from corporate high-flyers to super-mums, performers to shamans, from Board Chairs to people in wheelchairs.
Lisa’s classes combine ‘intelligently playful’ and ‘movingly powerful’ practices, serving the needs of raw beginners through to those with decades of yoga experience. Her classes will both challenge and refresh you on all levels- with yoga postures, breath work, meditation and sound that help you to heal, expand your boundaries of possibility and ultimately enjoy living this life.
As a student and teacher, she has three great passions: alignment that helps the body to heal; philosophy and enquiry that informs life’s meaning; and building connections with healers, artists, and those who inspire her to continue to learn, grow and share. She weaves these loves into her classes, offering her students a chance to connect to their own wisdom.
She established a dedicated yoga practice in 1997 after graduating Brown University and moving to New York. She began teaching yoga to students at the LSE in 2002, where she was completing her Master’s degree, and has taught ever since.
Lisa’s roots in the yoga tradition, however, go back to her childhood – when two of her family members stepped onto the path. Her uncle was a devotee of Baba Muktananda, and her cousin was a devotee of the Sivananda tradition, so it was not abnormal in her family to spend weekends eating tofu and sitting on meditation cushions! When she first found hatha yoga in the 1990s, something clicked. She stepped onto the mat in the basement of her gym, guided by a neighbourhood yoga teacher and poet teaching in the Viniyoga (T. Krishnamacharya) tradition. She never really stepped off again.
A gentle and profound introduction to yoga helped her to heal from physical limitations – including acute asthma and nerve damage to her neck that rendered her unable to lift her arm higher than her shoulder. She sampled the multitude of yoga styles offered by New York City for five years, growing healthier and stronger. In 2001, she began practicing in earnest, and trained in the Anusara yoga method, accruing nearly 700 credit hours towards Anusara Yoga Certification and ultimately choosing to tread her own path. She since trained in transpersonal counselling and psychotherapy, and blending the tools of yoga with the understanding afforded by depth psychology and transpersonal (soul and spirit) and alchemical traditions.
Lisa currently offers yoga therapy and psychotherapeutic counselling, having trained at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education in London where she is pursuing a second Master’s degree, this time researching the linkages between yoga and psychotherapy.
Lisa teaches yoga throughout London, across the UK and worldwide, offering workshops and training, including the 200 hour initiation to yoga teaching offered through Triyoga, the largest yoga studio in the UK and Europe. Lisa has also served as a trainer of continuing professional development courses with the Minded Institute and offers yoga therapy modules with London Based YogaCampus and teaches a module on its Yoga Therapy training. Lisa has co-authored scholarly chapters, written for popular wellbeing magazines, and is currently publishing her first two books with Singing Dragon and Bloomsbury.