Lisa’s introduction to yoga began when she purchased a yoga mat and a Rodney Yee DVD many moons ago. However, not until the summer of 2007 did she begin a steady home practice. After a few months her physical health and mental state noticeably improved. Better sleep, more energy, a positive mood, and sense of calmness had collectively convinced Lisa there was more to yoga than having flexible hamstrings. Lisa then attended classes at her local gym, which improved her practice evidently. In January 2008 Lisa’s fate took an unpredictable turn when she was in a near fatal car accident and had the ability to walk away with only a few bruises. Instead of perceiving this as a burden Lisa began considering the accident as a positive blessing. The accident had caused her to reestablish her priorities and reevaluate her life’s purpose. Grateful for the accident because of the mirror it represented to her, she began taking steps to improve her life for the better and the longer haul. Believing this awareness was due to her practice of yoga, Lisa knew she wanted to help others improve their life and came to the realization that she could achieve this by teaching others the gifts yoga gave her. Instead of buying a new car with the insurance money she received she enrolled in a one month intensive immersion program in Todos Santos, Baja, Mexico . She received her 200-Hour Certification from the Yandara Yoga Institute under the supervision of Craig and Shane Perkins, and Allison Eaton in April 2008. After the accident Lisa began practicing at TheYogaScape in Carmel , N.Y. Lisa was fortunate enough to have met and practice under the guidance and support of Amy Pearce-Hayden, the director of TheYogaScape. Amy offered countless amounts of guidance to Lisa in preparation for her teacher training and continues to offer the same amount of guidance to this day.
Lisa Marie Cuggy, RYT 200