Wise Women Wednesday: Lisa Amani

Lisa Amani in India

Lisa Amani in India

It's Wise Women Wednesday, each week I interview a woman that I believe is inspiring, living abundantly and following her passions.  These are all women who have taught me something and I want to share what each of these women are up to you with you.  

Wednesday is quickly becoming my favorite day of the week.  This morning I leapt out of bed when I realized it was wednesday and I get to share one of my favorite yogis with you.  Lisa Amani was one of my very first yoga teachers, in fact I wouldn't be a yoga teacher if it wasn't for Lisa.  Lisa encouraged me to go learn more, visit different teachers and most importantly to teach.  She is devoted to the craft in a way that I think is beautiful and rare.  If you've ever had the pleasure of taking a class with her you know that she is a treasure as a teacher.   Not only does Lisa know what she's doing, she's passionate about it and you feel fully taken care of in her classes.  If you're in Greensboro I'd highly recommend taking a class with her.  

Q. Who are you? 
A. I am Lisa Shankari Amani

Q. How do we know each other?
A. We met at the Yoga Café when I was teaching the Guilford College yoga club.

Q. What is your work?
A. I am a yoga teacher, with over 20 years of experience, and I own my own business.

Q. What is one project you are excited to be working on right now?
A. I am very excited to be working on my yoga retreat, scheduled October 21-24, 2016,  at the beach, in Pine Knoll Shores, NC; and refining my new website www.lisaamani.com

Lisa Amani In Hawaii in 2015

Lisa Amani In Hawaii in 2015

Q. What is one thing you've done recently that's scared you and took courage, but you're glad you did?
A. Recently, I enrolled in a 2,000 hour yoga teacher training program at the Purna Yoga College in Bellevue, Washington!  I often say that it is like getting my PhD in Yoga. This was pretty scary, as it is a commitment of over two years, and a huge financial investment. It requires that I sacrifice time to work to attend school. I am very happy I enrolled.

Q. What is the work you most want to be doing and are you doing it?  If not why not what's stopping you?
A. Teaching yoga is my life’s work. I would love to be hosting national & international yoga retreats, which include cross-cultural education, environmental conservation, organic food, sustainable farming, and the arts. I am in the planning phase. I hope to take yoga travelers to Costa Rica, Italy, Croatia, and New Zealand ( to name of few destinations).

Q. What would you tell your high school or college self?
A. I would tell my younger self that I don’t need to be so hard on myself, and do not make decisions from fear.

Lisa Amani In Hawaii in 2015

Lisa Amani In Hawaii in 2015

Q. What's one piece of advice or moto you love and use in your daily life that you would like to share with my sweet readers?
A. I always say: “yoga will meet you where you are”. You can do yoga just as you are, right now. I practiced yoga when I was recovering from injuries sustained in an automobile accident, while undergoing treatment for breast cancer, and to help me grieve the loss of my parents. Yoga supports me in all situations. Yoga is for everyone, in all stages of life.  It makes me a better person. My other motto is: We are One; so, love others as yourself.

Q. What keeps you teaching yoga even when you don't feel like it?
A. Even when I don’t feel like teaching, I know that I am needed. My teaching is important. My role is to nurture people on their path to knowing themselves, and becoming better people. It is a privilege to do this work.

Q. anything else you'd like to share?
A. I would like to invite your readers to come on my retreat in October, and to visit my website. If they cannot attend the next retreat, they can get on my mailing list to hear about the upcoming adventures. I also urge your readers to be kind to themselves, and to show themselves the compassion that they show others.
Remember: “You are not just a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in one drop.”-Rumi

Lisa Amani with her teacher Aadil Palkhivala in 2015

Lisa Amani with her teacher Aadil Palkhivala in 2015

Q. What's your favorite yoga pose?
A. I have a lot of favorite yoga poses. Haha! That’s like asking which flower I love the most. They all have their unique appeal. That appeal is directly related to how I feel on any given day. That is the beauty of Yoga.

Q. How do you live a Life of Abundance?
A. I make time for my dog, my friends, and my family, all with great love, great food, great music, and great travels.  That is a life of abundance to me.

Lisa Amani in India at The Taj Mahal

Lisa Amani in India at The Taj Mahal