In two weeks, I will be teaching my first inversion workshop. Yin Yoga Lisa, you might ask? I hardly see her going upside down!

Most folks who know my personal practice know I try my best to balance the Yin and the Yang. That’s all they know. However, I do have a handful of my friends see my journey and my struggle on my yoga mat. I try to keep that private, because I truly wanted to develop on my own. 

In my journey, it has been a struggle with myself, my inner doubts and understanding the true process. It has been less about getting into the elusive handstand or any inversion for that matter. My journey — ever evolving. Evolution of strength, wisdom and courage. To step outside the box. To fall and get back up again. No matter how much my head kept saying to quit, I didn’t.

So, as I share my journey to inversions in this workshop — all I know is that I’ll be honest. I’ve taken plenty of inversion workshops and arm balance/inversion teacher trainings and while I never nailed that handstand there – I knew they were baby steps. Even registering for an inversion workshop took so much courage to muster up!!! 

Authenticity. No visage. I am not a gymnast, but I will share what I have learnt. The key tid-bits from trainings. The journey. 

Are you will to take that small step too?Join me Saturday, March 11, 11-1pm at The Yoga Company San Ramon. Let’s just have fun. Register at Only a few spots left. 

“One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.”

-Shannon L. Alder

3 Comments on “Authenticity 

  1. I wish I was closer. I would love to come.
    I occasionally take an inversion workshop, but I am firmly attached to the ground.
    I only found yoga in 2013, at 42. Although I practice daily and my body continues to change, it is the mental stillness that brings me to my mat.
    I find it in yin and in ashtanga and vinyasa flow. I love it all. It is a celebration of life in different forms.

    But inversions make me anxious. So I take very small moves in that direction. I just don’t feel a handstand is the difference I need.

    I’m sure your students will greatly appreciate knowing that you struggled. It is through the hard challenges that we grow. If it was easy, it wouldn’t be as worth it.


    • Would love to have had you come. Yes, it made me anxious and scared! My first handstand? Two people lifted me up. Two. I immediately said “put me down now!” It has definitely and still is a journey. Hugs! Lisa

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