Soul Yoga was born in 2014 as an extension of Lisa Alban Ellisen's lifelong relationship with movement and mindfulness. Lisa began teaching yoga in March of 2001 at the 21st Century health club in Cotati, California. She was one of the first yoga teachers to introduce Power Vinyasa Yoga to Northern California. Lisa received her bachelors degree from UCSB in Sociology, and while in college studied anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and nutrition. She also has a rich background in massage, personal training and weight lifting which she used for her sanity. Like many others, movement was her medicine and what she turned to when the stress of daily life was overwhelming. However, yoga was the first place where Lisa actually treated her body with tenderness and kindness rather than trying to push through pain or numb her feelings.
When Lisa discovered yoga she found a place to slow down and listen to her body and intuition, rather than be governed by her thoughts, and is continually grateful to be sharing this with others. When she began teaching it was before 200 hour yoga teacher trainings existed. She earned her teaching certification with Baron Baptiste at a week long program in Mexico in August, 2001 and then took multiple trainings with Ana Forrest, Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Rodney Yee, Scott Blossom, Sharon Gannon and David Life and went to all the Yoga Journal Conferences in California. She voraciously read the Yoga Journal every month as well as yoga manuals such as "Light on Yoga" and "Autobiography of a Yogi" and soaked up all the yoga information she could find or listen to. She continues to up-level her teaching through ongoing courses and learning.
Between 2001 and 2014 Lisa taught yoga throughout Sonoma County. Her classes were well attended and brought her great joy and connection. Lisa always thought, "the more places I teach, the more students I can reach." However, in 2014, after going through a divorce with 2 young children she took a leap of faith and opened her own studio, Soul Yoga & Wellness. Lisa brought in some of the best teachers in Sonoma County and also trained over 50 teachers through Soul Yoga's 200 hour yoga school (yoga alliance certified) and the yoga community at Soul continued to grow and thrive. Soul Yoga was there for the Sonoma County community through fires, power outages, more fires and then a global pandemic. Between 2015 and 2020 Soul Yoga won the Press Democrats well known "Best Of" 4 times; 2015 Best Yoga teacher, 2017 Best Yoga Studio, 2020 Best Virtual Yoga Studio & Best Yoga Studio. However, In December of 2020 Lisa realized she couldn't sustain the business any more, even through a model of virtual classes only, and closed the doors, though she never stopped teaching.
November 2021, witness a SOUL rebirth!
Soul Yoga is so proud to be joining forces with Barre Energy (B.E.) in the Farmers Lane Plaza. You B.E.autiful SOULS will have a place to practice together once again. We will be sharing this B.E.autiful space that has been contributing to health and wellness in Sonoma County since 2014.
We look forward to seeing you back on the mat!
If you are looking for information on Soul Yoga foundation, our non-profit entity, go to www.soulyogafoundation.com
We are so grateful for our team members and amazing instructors at Soul Yoga. Go to the schedule page to register for classes and see the membership options.
My name is Amy Richards and I am so excited to be able to share yoga with you! I feel
honored and blessed to have completed my 200 hour Baptiste-inspired Yoga Teacher
Training at Soul Yoga. I first discovered yoga in 2009 when I was trying to recover from
a car accident. I found that yoga not only helped my body heal, but helped me mind,
heart and spirit as well. My practice has helped me grow stronger, more flexible and
better able to face challenges both on and off the mat. Yoga helps me live more
mindfully and with contentment. In my classes I love to help you find your greatest
expression of poses with strength in your body and lightness in your heart.
La Reina Marshall
RYT 200, Prenatal Vinyasa, Reiki Master, Sound Healing, Doula
La Reina Marshall RYT 200 has been practicing yoga since 2005 and received her 200 hour certification at Soul Yoga in June 2019. She is trained in trauma informed yoga, restorative yoga and sound healing. She completed trainings with Dolphin Method as a certified Doula, as well as Prenatal & Postnatal Vinyasa Yoga. La Reina is trained and attuned in Reiki I and II and Mastery levels.
For La Reina, the practice of yoga, sound healing and energy work are a path to emotional and physical wellness. She teaches a vinyasa inspired flow to create a grounded container to experience your body on the mat. The very act of being aware of our bodies and feeling what we need to feel is how we live more fully. With compassion and authenticity, you will have an opportunity to explore your connection with the present moment using your breath as a guide. La Reina believes practicing vulnerability is the gateway for healing ourselves, and by doing so we contribute to the collective healing of those around us.
Jennifer has been practicing yoga for 20+ years. Also a passionate runner, she finds yoga a great compliment to her running. She has completed multiple teacher trainings and brings a personable and friendly approach to the mat. She strives to create a space where new and experienced students can reach their full potential. Her philosophy is that yoga is a powerful way to get to know your own body and tap into the superpower that we all have inside of us.
Expect lots of smiles!
"I teach to help my students stay strong on and off the mat. Expect the unexpected because most of my teaching, techniques and cues are inspired by my own life experiences; past & present."
Lisa is the founder of Soul Yoga. She has been teaching yoga since 2001 in Sonoma County. She has received the highest level of training with Baptiste Institute (over 1200 hours) and is passionate about applying the tools from the yoga practice in all areas of her life.
One of Lisa's strengths as a teacher is in adapting the practice to whomever is in the room. Her years of experience allows for the practice to feel both planned and spontaneous meeting students right where they are on any given day.
Lisa is the lead trainer of the 200 and 300 hour teacher training at Soul Yoga as well as the founder of Soul Yoga Foundation, bringing the tools of yoga and wellness out of the studio and into the community.
"I can't wait to meet you on the mat!"
Angelica deeply believes in brain-body connection. Her own healing journey has demonstrated that when you get still to meet yourself fully, you see how this connection serves you, and when nurtured how it improves your life mentally, spiritually, physically, & emotionally.
Angelica has found that yoga is a practice that can become the channel through which you access the brain-body connection to heal/shift/transmute energy in the body that is creating dis-ease, suffering, & limiting you in your life.Yoga classes with Angelica are rooted in a mindfulness practice, her way of honoring the roots of Yoga.
As a dancer, movement has always been an integral part of Rosie’s life and after becoming a military spouse, yoga became an important tool in dealing with the stresses that come along with constant moves and changes. Rosie completed 220 hours of training with Anne Howard at the Amalam School of Yoga at Outer Banks Yoga in 2020. In addition she has completed 40 hours of Trauma Informed yoga training, 150 hours of Prenatal Yoga training, and is currently pursuing her 500 hour certification at Folk (formerly Yoga Garden) in San Francisco.
She leads her classes with an open mind and heart, offering creative sequences and modifications to suit all levels. Rosie aspires to be a life long learner and strongly believes that yoga has something to offer everyone who is willing to take a mindful breath with intention.