Giving Feels Good:
A Lifeyum partnership with Africa Yoga Project
Workshops and Events
Feel good, do good
Yaksha: Aug 26-28, 2016
Stratton Mountain Resort, Vermont
Calling all nature spirits!
I'll be teaching an essentials workshop on relaxing into your greatness in the midst of a luminous line-up: Coby Kozlowski, Jennilee Toner, Meg Allen, Justin Wolfer, John Smrtic, and Katie Collins. Check out the weekend of mountain adventures, farm-to-table meals, a gong bath with Universal Sounds, and a concert with Donavon Frankenreiter and Rick Redington & The Luv -- and hope to see you there!
Stratton Mountain is the site of Wanderlust Festival, one of my absolute favorites. This'll be a mini-version! Great yoga for everybody regardless of experience, green mountains, happy+friendly people, delicious local food, live+awesome music...a sweet weekend.
P.S. AYP is my beneficiary, of course.
Rise Yoga & Movement Arts Center
Sat, June 11, 10-11:30 am with Camacha at Saratoga Springs studio
From Rise founder Justin Wolfer: "A moving presentation and practice from Lisa and Camacha for the Africa Yoga Project! This organization embodies yoga in action. Opening bodies and minds and creating opportunities to serve others across the world!"
So grateful to Justin, Cammy, and their soulfully supportive Rise community. All proceeds from this special class go to Africa Yoga Project.
Robert Sturman, artist/photografia
May 25, 6:30-8:30 pm
lululemon athletica Greenwich, Connecticut
The subject of two New York Times articles, Robert Sturman’s art captures the timeless grace and embodied mindfulness of asana.
Robert shared his visual documentary of the Africa Yoga Project to a wonderful group of yogis at lululemon athletica in downtown Greenwich (Connecticut).
Africa Yoga Project mentor Aimee Elsner led an invigorating practice on moving through change with power and ease. I guided a relaxing savasana at the end, and we were thrilled to raise more than $700 for AYP!
Spring Into Health Cooking Workshop, April 25, 6-9 pm
Rexford, New York
A delicious evening and wonderful company cooking with real, beautiful food. Anouk and Danielle invited me to present a mini-Lifeyum session where we practiced breathing and relaxing exercises, chair yoga, power poses, and topped it with a little Desire Mapping.
Afterward, we went into Anouk's gorgeous kitchen to prepare a gourmet feast with local and seasonal spring vegetables.
Spring Into Health donated $190 to my Africa Yoga Project campaign. So grateful!
Dance-inspired Workshop April 10
Yum Yoga with Amy and Lisa at Hot Yoga Spot, Latham NY
Lisa and RYT/LMT/Movement Enthusiast Amy Adams led a two-hour introduction to Africa Yoga Project followed by a smooth, dance-inspired yoga exploration and relaxing guided savasana. Movement-discovering, body-stretching, and energy-cultivating opportunities with Amy’s yummy yoga flow.
This event raised $375 for Africa Yoga Project; big thanks to our generous yogis and host The Hot Yoga Spot!
Hilton Head Donation Class March 20
Hot Slow Flow with Lisa at Bikram Hot Yoga Hilton Head
The first day of Spring! Sunday, March 20, 4-6 pm.
Beginning with an exclusive showing of a short film on Africa Yoga Project (AYP), I led a 75 minute groovy slow flow practice with a very relaxing guided savasana.
BIG gratitude to Brandon and Heather and all the warriors for change in Hilton Head - such a great showing and successful fundraiser! We raised more than $600 for Africa Yoga Project!
Journey Into Power February 27, 2016
Hot Yoga Spot Clifton Park hosts Benefit Class
Thank you to all the big-hearted yogis who contributed with every muscle, especially their hearts. And to Sheryl Campbell for leading us through a heart-expanding, exhilarating Journey Into Power Baptiste practice!
I'm filled with gratitude for being able to share the opportunity, hope and love being created in Africa through yoga!
telling the story
Robin O'Neill visited the slums of Nairobi with AYP to help build awareness and support for their mission. Music by MC Yogi.
Founder, paige elenson
"I went into their neighborhoods and the informal settlements, and experienced firsthand their way of life living off $1 to $2 a day. It made me think about how I could support change in this community by offering yoga. With that thought, the idea of Africa Yoga Project was born.”
My path to Africa
paved with intention to serve
We're wired for connection
Fresh out of college in 1990 I had the privilege of working as a writer in the Executive Office of the President. One of best parts was a volunteer job with a tutoring program for inner city children, just a few blocks away from the White House.
This picture with my little buddy Jason reminds me of the power of connecting with others, of knowing that you can have a positive impact just by being there.
Start at any age
feel good, do good
After a career in politics and navigating motherhood (six kiddos), yoga helped me find calm, joy, and a deeper connection to the people and ideas I'm passionate about. I've witnessed firsthand the positive effects on balance, flexibility, mindset and confidence, within my own family and in the communities where I've been honored to share yoga.
potential to thrive
For 3+ years, our family has learned about life in Nairobi through the eyes of a sweet little girl and her family. They live in a tin house with a monthly income of about $80. It's hard to imagine being able to focus on school when there's not enough clean water or nourishment. Faith's name reminds us of what makes all the difference.
Africa to Albany
Yoga Reaches Out Albany, NY, November 14 2015. I got to meet, hug, practice and dance with Irene and Margaret, two of AYP's 100+ trained teachers who embody transformation and shining your light.
Lisa C. O'Brien
Founder and CEO, Lifeyum
Lisa is a wellness and lifestyle coach to businesses and high impact individuals. She is also a yoga teacher, mindfulness expert, health coach, Desire Map facilitator, experienced politico, wife to Daniel and mom to six nice people.
Lisa has 25+ years experience as a thought leader and inspirational guide. Her classes, workshops, and retreats teach people how to have wildly fulfilling lives and relax into their greatness.
Find out more at lifeyum.com.