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Finding a mini book about yoga at the checkout of my local Caldors, now over 40 years ago, was a chance encounter that turned out to be a gift beyond what words could express.  At the time, I was a teenager and saw this as another way to stay in shape.  It soon became more and then a connection to the guiding principles of my life and my path. 

 

Born extremely nearsighted, I wore glasses since I was a toddler and was corrected enough for the first few decades of my life, and so I did not fully grasp what the coming years would bring.  My yoga practice traveled with me from coast to coast and abroad.  It became a solace and something consistent that I came home to, literally and figuratively.  For someone, who by nature was a bit too speedy, yoga was the time I slowed down and went within.  

 

When I began losing vision that could no longer be brought back with corrective lenses, my life began to change in a myriad of ways.  Life became a greater and greater challenge, as I struggled to force my weakening eyes to work harder and see what everyone else saw with ease.  As feelings of frustration and despair began to creep closer, it was then that I heard in my head a voice that clearly said, 

 

“When you can not look out, look within.”  

 

Perhaps, it was just my own thoughts.  However, that counsel rang in my head.  I delved deeper into my yoga practice, and as I was progressively losing the ability to see people clearly, I found ChildLight.  I began with trainings in teaching yoga to children, not realizing soon I would not see my students.  Then, when COVID-19 happened, the gift of training with Sally and Megan in their 200-hour yoga teacher training became an option live on Zoom.  This was a life changer again.

 

Megan’s gentle introduction to the core teachings of yoga philosophy and Sally’s in-depth understanding of yoga mechanics and alignment assisted me in taking my practice and path to a new level.

 

I began to study the Yoga Sutras and gained a deeper connection with the process of finding that quiet place within, practicing non-attachment, and how to find that balance of effort and ease.  When we aspire, we need to take time to respire.  Breathe in and out slowly through the challenges.

 

Most inspiring in my recent studies, I found in “The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Commentary on the Raja yoga Sutras by Sri Swami Satchitananda, a Sansrit saying, “Mana eva manuṣyanam karaṇam bandha mokṣayoḥ.” –The English translation being, As the mind, so the person; bondage or liberation are in your own mind.” If you feel bound, you are bound. If you feel liberated, you are liberated. Things outside neither bind nor liberate you; only your attitude toward them does that.

 

Words to live and learn with! 

 

Lisa Bouley Headshot PhotoLisa Bouley, MS, RYT200, received her master’s degree, in nutrition from the University of Bridgeport and her bachelor’s degree, in psychology, from Clark University.  Her love of yoga began over 40 years ago, when she discovered a small book that demonstrated some basic yoga postures.  This began a journey that led her to take classes in Sivananda yoga and spend time living and performing seva at a Sivananda ashram, in Grass Valley CA, in the early 90’s completing her first 200-hour yoga teacher’s training at Kripalu, in Lenox, MA, in the later 90’s, and then discovered ChildLight in 2019. It was at ChildLight that Lisa’s knowledge and understanding blossomed in many new directions. Lisa began her ChildLight training with Yoga & Mindfulness for Children and then Yoga & Mindfulness for Tweens and Teens. When trainings began virtually, Lisa enjoyed being part of the first live virtual 200-hour adult yoga teacher’s training and then a 30-hour Yin Yoga training.  In addition to her degree in nutrition, Lisa has spent years learning about a variety of holistic healing traditions and has a passion for assisting clients in finding natural remedies and nutritional and lifestyle changes that bring greater physical, mental and emotional well-being. Her experience with vision loss and the gifts that the teachings of yoga bring in challenging times, provide her greater insight and ability to share these core understandings, as well as the ability to inspire students to feel the postures, allowing her descriptive verbal cues to guide them deeper within. Currently, Lisa resides in the Boston area with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys time in nature, teaching yoga, and furthering her studies. Life is for learning is a belief that she holds near and dear. Her current focuses of study and learning include yoga philosophy, Sanskrit, ayurveda, chakras, mudras, and deeper understanding of the spiritual realms. Lisa can be reached with questions or comments at: lmbouley@msn.com