Lisa Sanfilippo teaches yoga, offers counselling and psychotherapy, writes books and offers training for yoga teachers and wellbeing professionals. She is the pioneer of Sleep Recovery, a yoga based method for overcoming insomnia and improving sleep. Her aim is to offer those she works with access to deeper levels of awareness and the means of finding a deepening connection to body and mind, heart and soul.
Her yoga classes draw upon bio-mechanical alignment principles, Tantric philosophy, art, and psychology. Lisa's practised yoga since 1997 and taught since 2002. She’s taught yoga to everyone: from corporate high-flyers to super-mums, acclaimed actors to shamans, from Board Chairs to people in wheelchairs, serving the needs of raw beginners through to those with decades of yoga experience. She seeks to 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.
She became a dedicated yoga practitioner in 1997, after graduating Brown University and moving to New York and began teaching yoga to students at the LSE in 2002, where she was completing her first Master’s degree. Soon after, she was invited to teach at Triyoga and the Life Centre, where she has remained for many years.
Lisa’s roots in the yoga tradition, however, go back to her childhood- two of her close family members were yogis, so it was not altogether abnormal in her family to spend weekends eating tofu and meditating! When she first found hatha yoga in the 1990s, something clicked. She fell in love with yoga in the basement of her Brooklyn gym, guided by a yoga teacher and poet teaching in the Viniyoga (T. Krishnamacharya) tradition. She has been in love with yoga's therapeutic power and its poetry ever since.
Her gentle and profound introduction to yoga enabled 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 more than 700 credit hours towards Anusara Yoga Certification and ultimately choosing to tread her own path. She since trained in transpersonal counselling and psychotherapy, and blends the tools of yoga with the understanding afforded by depth psychology and transpersonal (soul and spirit) and alchemical traditions.
Lisa currently offers individual yoga therapy and psychotherapeutic counselling, having trained at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education in London where she completed her second Master’s degree, 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 currently offers yoga therapy modules with London based YogaCampus and teaches a module on its Yoga Therapy training. Lisa's the author of Yoga Therapy for Insomnia and Sleep Recovery (Singing Dragon, 2019) and Sleep Recovery (forthcoming Green Tree/ Bloomsbury) available on the UK and US Amazon sites. She co-authored a chapter, Insomnia, with Dr Sat Bir Khalsa, in Yoga for Mental Health (2018.) She has written for popular wellbeing magazines, and is currently resting after writing too much in too little time.