Lisa Funk

RYT

Q&A with Lisa

Describe yourself in 3 words: kind, patient and creative

How would your family and friends describe you? Caring, energetic, resourceful

How would your students describe you? Encouraging, inspirational and specific

How do you want your students to feel after your classes? I want my students to leave class feeling a strong mind/body connection.

How did you become an instructor? I love practicing yoga and I love being an elementary school teacher. When the teacher training class became available at the right time in my life, my husband encouraged me and I jumped on it (sometimes I do tend to be impulsive).

What's your favorite food? Avocado Toast (right now)

What's your #1 favorite song of all time? ACDC 'You shook me all night long'

If you weren't a teacher, what would be your dream job? I have always been a teacher, and never ever considered any other job. If I had to choose a new job, I think I would like to be a professional wine taster.

What's your guilty pleasure? Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting

What do you miss most about being a kid?  The carefree nature of life

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had? The dinner tasting menu at Maroni’s in Northport

What did you do growing up that got you into trouble? My brother and I were bored and unattended one Saturday afternoon and we took a bicycle apart. It ended up in a million little pieces, nuts, bolts, etc, all over the garage floor. My dad was angry, but able to put it all back together again!

What’s your favorite asana and why? Right now I really enjoy Ardha Dhanurasana (upward bow/wheel). I love feeling of the inversion and the feeling of engaging so many muscle groups at once. This was a posture I used to do a lot as a kid and it brings me back to that carefree feeling.

Describe your teaching style: Flexible, student-centered, infused with teaching students the benefits of a regular yoga practice

Tell us about your first yoga class (or a memorable experience from your early yoga days): A friend encouraged me to go to a yoga class with her. I didn’t know that it was a Bikram (HOT yoga) class. I didn’t bring enough water, I felt light headed and generally I had a very unpleasant first yoga experience. A few years later I tried a few Hatha class at my local gym, came to really enjoy a particular teacher, and the rest is history!