Meet the incredible team at Motto Yoga
I found hot yoga after suffering injuries in a car accident. I was in such bad shape, physically and mentally, I didn’t know how I was going to go another 10, 20, 40-plus years in my body. Hot yoga quickly alleviated lots of problems and ignited a passion in healing and recovery.
I have a husband and four kids. It was no small feat finding time for myself on my mat, but I did it. I prioritized that time for myself (Yes! We can do that!) and it has changed my world. Coming to my mat, being aware of my body, my mind, my breath. Moving my body through the poses. Noticing how things change; somedays I improve and sometimes I regress. Some days everything is so hard. And somedays, I do my practice like a boss. (In my mind, at least!) You can never know how it will play-out when you step onto your yoga mat.
I believe we are all our own best teachers; a good teacher will facilitate this innate awareness in others. I think everyone’s bodies and practices are different, and we are all coming to our mats for our own reasons. An awesome teacher, rockin’ playlist, clean studio, hot room, yoga squad, all of it is secondary to the simple act of just getting to your own mat for your practice.
I completed a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Certification program and launched Motto Yoga as a place for people to gather, heal, improve, relax, just be. And sweat! I’ve also received additional training in anatomy and kinesiology for Hatha Yoga with Tish Hegel, B.S. Kinesiology, E-RYT, ACSM Personal Trainer; the Melt Method with Sue Hitzmann, MS, CST, NMT; and Yoga Nidra. I began the 500 hour training program with Yoga Medicine in 2017 and have completed the Spine Anatomy Dysfunction and Application Module.
I studied business in college and graduated from USU and BYU with degrees in marketing and business administration. I love to travel and do hot yoga. I live in Gilbert with my husband, children, and miniature schnauzer, Coconut. Follow me on Instagram at @intention_focused_yoga
I started my yoga journey in 2008. I completed a 500-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Certification program and have taught over 1,000 hours of classes. My passion is helping people feel good about themselves and understanding that we all can keep learning and growing; there is always room for more!
I'm a licensed massage therapist and have been massaging for over 15 years. I'm a proud mother of grown twins, and a grandmother to two. I live in Mesa with my husband and miniature schnauzers, Burberry and Baxter. You can reach me at email@example.com with any questions.
I discovered yoga in Florida 2002 with Brian Kest and fell in love with how it healed my body and mind. Years of being a dancer had taken its toll on my body—jazz, tap, ballet—and yoga healed and brought some much needed balance back into my life. After moving back home to Arizona, I came across hot yoga and absolutely loved how it made my body feel and how “blissed out” my mind and spirit became.
After five years practicing as a student, I enrolled in yoga teacher training and began teaching. I have received additional training in Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga, Goddess Yoga, Aroma Yoga, and Yoga Nidra.
I have taught yoga for 8 years and have over 1,500 hours teaching experience.
In addition to teaching yoga, I do Energy Work and freelance hair design for wedding and special events.
In my free time, I love traveling, kickboxing, spending quality time with family and my amazing soul mate, who lights up my world. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
I found yoga in 2007 as way to release stress and connect with my inner self. When I enrolled in Teacher Training under the direction of John Salisbury at Dave's Ashtanga Yoga School in early 2015, my intention was to simply deepen my practice. During this training, my knowledge of yoga expanded greatly and I was transformed as a yoga practitioner, physically as well as spiritually. It was then that I felt compelled to share, connect and advance with everyone by guiding students through their practices.
I’m a mom on a mission, yoga aficionado, entrepreneur and health nut enthusiast. Yoga found me when I was in the depths of my deepest despair. I hate to sound so dramatic, but it’s true! I had come to a point in my life where I was financially, emotionally, and spiritually bankrupt.
Fast –forward to today and I still consider myself a woman in transition (always growing) but significantly transformed!
For me, yoga has brought forth a palpable healing and undoubtable remembrance of my connection to the divine that I have never been able to claim through counseling or on my own.
It has also helped me to see that we are all lights onto one another; charged with helping our fellow beings to find their inner shining.
So in 2012, I became a certified yoga instructor. And that’s exactly what I have committed my life to doing: helping others to find their inner shining! I have done training in Hatha yoga, Power, Yin, Restorative, and Kundalini yoga. I’m not finished of course; I hope to never stop learning. I have met so many amazing people on this journey and I can’t wait to meet more. It’s as though we are all moths to a flame on this path – making the world brighter and brighter as we come together!
I found yoga at the most random of places— a boxing gym. What started as a supplement to a boxing workout soon became my primary interest as I discovered yoga provided a full-body workout, along with a calming, meditative bonus.
As a former gymnast, many of the poses came fairly naturally. However, I found many things to work on to improve alignment and balance in my body working with experienced yoga instructors. I love yoga for the workout and the mindfulness that comes with it. My career shows me a lot of bad in the world, so finding time on my mat helps me disconnect, breathe, and meditate. I consider my yoga practice vital to my sanity!
I completed my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Motto Yoga.
I thought I'd check-out this thing called "yoga" at my local gym in 2010. After one class, I was hooked! Not only did I get a fantastic physical work-out, which I expected, but I got something more that calmed me and actually changed my personality! I found myself becoming more and more stressed and tense with the pressures of daily life, and I didn’t like it. A consistent yoga practice brought me a stronger body and a calmer, more focused mind. I am so thankful I found this practice before becoming a parent! Yoga helps me be a better mother and also model a better way for my children.
A fortuitous job change in 2013 led me to yoga teacher training. Yoga had become a part of me and I wanted to share it with others. I completed a 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training program and began teaching. I've also completed additional training in alignment and yoga sequencing.
I live in Gilbert with my husband; children; six rescue dogs, Snoopy, Bambi, Ginger, Leah, Pepper, and Wheezy; and cat, Zoe.
I was forced to find an activity other than running, one that took me out of the elements because of my weakened immune system and problems with my hip, an injury that occurred while completing a half-marathon. Tired of a regular gym workout and in need of something more challenging and beneficial, I came across hot yoga. A free two-week trial at the beginning of Motto Yoga’s life turned into a lifetime commitment! And now, through regular practice I not only have a stronger, firmer mind and body, but my immunity has strengthened! My practice has transcended into my daily life, and I'm happy to find myself using the strategies learned through yoga to help balance and nurture my family, mind, and body. I love sharing my practice with my two young children who thoroughly enjoy the playfulness yoga has to offer. My focus is on the healing aspect of yoga and how it can be applied to help restore and repair a person’s mental well-being along with their physical. I feel that the two are very-much connected. Because of this interest, I decided to enroll into Motto Yoga’s first teacher-trainee program where I received my RYT 200 certification in October 2016. I plan to broaden my yoga teaching through pertinent trainings, workshops and education.
Lisa lives in Washington-yes, that rainy place! Her kids have a faint memory of AZ but she still calls it home and never stops dreaming about the sunshine! When not practicing yoga, she loves to camp, hike, read, sing, travel, exercise, laugh, and learn. She finds joy connecting with others and spending time with her husband and two kids.
Although she was introduced to yoga many years ago, her real yoga journey began when she connected to her breath. "For me, yoga was a series of challenging movements or frustrating poses, or hot sweaty studios and stinky people, or ego promoting/crushing exercises that made me more determined but then one day things started to shift and change. Ya know, sometimes you HEAR something during class and other times you are LISTENING. It was a cue, a prompt, and then a feeling. I had heard it before, but wasn't truly listening. Everything changed when I began to focus on breathing. How can my breath help me here on my mat, in my life or in a moment? Now, for me, yoga is healing, yoga is exercise, yoga is meditation, yoga is love, forgiveness and acceptance, yoga is so much and yet as simple as breathing. I was amazed at what I had missed but excited about the journey ahead. I try to show upon my mat without expectations, just breathe and move and breathe more."
Her favorite way to make it through the day: Slow down, smile, and breathe.
Being a yoga instructor is far more than just a title to me. I am a witness to the powerful impact the practice has on practitioners and have a passion for showing my students how capable they really are. I find a playful balance in the classes I lead between honoring the history and principles of yoga and keeping class fresh and fun. I offer a place for my students to feel safe in their exploration of self and enjoy providing a sweaty and soothing practice filled with laughter and love.
Being a yoga instructor is about much more than just guiding students through a class and showing them how to get into poses. It's much more to me than just accomplishing the next coolest pose and taking my feet off the ground in fancy arm balances (don't get me wrong, I still love to play with them). Being a yoga instructor is about showing students how to serve themselves. Helping students see that they have an internal story and they need to turn down the volume of the outside world in order to read the story of themselves. I am so honored each and every time I am welcomed into a classroom to guide my students.
Before practicing yoga I didn't understand my body. When things hurt or I didn't feel well, I wouldn't be able to see where that pain was coming from. Now, after years of practice I can feel sickness coming. I can tell when things aren't aligned inside of me and I can feel when I need to take time to heal. In the physical sense, the emotional sense and the spiritual sense, yoga has given me magical powers to live my best life. What type of person would I be if I didn't at least try to help others in the same way?
In my classes I like to offer unique explorations of postures and sequences. Class will vary based on who shows up and what the individual students need. Class is not about performing, not for me as the teacher, or you as the student; it is about showing up raw, authentic and ready to listen to your body.
I completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2013 with Jim Keegan, Yoga Nirvana.
I began my 500 hour training in 2014 with Yoga Medicine and have completed modules in Chinese Medicine, Myofascial Release, and Hip Anatomy, Dysfunction, and Application.
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