Teacher Feature: Lisa Callandriello

Favorite part of teaching yoga?
I love being able to share my passion for yoga with others. It’s especially great to watch my students grow as they continue coming to their mat. I love watching students find the ease in poses that seem extremely challenging sometimes, like crow or headstand. And as a perpetual student myself, I find that I learn just as much from my students by watching they grow both on and off the mat.

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Middletown, NJ, about 5 miles away from the top of the jersey shore.

What are your top 3 hobbies?

Knitting, photography, and learning (right now, learning is focused on yoga philosophy, anatomy, nutrition, and knitting)

Favorite book?

The Tao of Pooh

What inspires you?

I’m inspired by nature, especially the beach, the ocean, and sunrise/set. I could spend all day just listening to the waves crash on the shore. And I’m inspired by my nephews and niece. They are so young, yet have so much energy and creativity. I can’t help but feel inspired to just be me when I’m around them.

Favorite food?

Strawberries, from the time I was small, I liked and still like virtually all things strawberry, except strawberry milk and ice cream. I even dressed up as Strawberry Shortcake (the character) for Halloween when I was 3 or 4 years old.

Favorite quote?

“Happiness is simple, what we do to find it is complicated.” from Hand Wash Cold by Karen Maezen Miller

Favorite restaurant in DC/VA/MD?

Old Ebbit Grill, I visited it for the first time when I was in college and my dad came to DC on a business trip. It’s a DC institution and has always been one of my go to restaurants for the last decade and a half.

Favorite yoga pose and why?

My favorite yoga pose is Astavakrasana. I love the myth behind the pose, which spoke to me the first time I read it. And once I learned how to get into the pose, I couldn’t resist putting into my practice whenever I had the opportunity. Now, finding a new favorite, which is actually one of my nemesis poses – handstand, finding the alignment of my shoulders and hips and building strength in my shoulders, back and core.

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