Lisa Matthews has been practicing yoga over the last 20 years. She turned to yoga to find relief from years of continuous back pain and surgery. Through the years she has tried physical therapy, various stretching and workout methods but nothing helped her as much as her practicing yoga. Being on her mat really healed not only the physical issues but cleared the mental chatter of her mind. She has studied around the world with many exceptional yoga teachers. As she continued to practice, one class led to another and she soon became addicted. Not only did yoga bring profound change, it also brought better health and balance to her life. This encouraged her to continue on her path to deepen her practice and move on to the next chapter in her life.
In 2011 she decided she was going to take that next step and enroll in the YogaWorks 200 Hour teaching program. Once she became certified she continued her studies and went on to get her certification in Reiki I & II.
It has been her passion to continue on this "Amazing" journey so she decided to retire in 2013 from her successful Corporate Insurance Career of 22 years to open her very own Yoga & Wellness Center.
Recently, Lisa has been battling some hereditary health issues and will undergo surgery in the summer of 2014 at Memorial Sloan Kettering. Her recovery will take at least six months and requires frequent scanning, but this challenge has inspired Lisa's latest project: creating a Support & Healing Group to build community through "CLOSENESS" & "COMMUNICATION." She believes heartfelt sharing provides awareness and healing. She wants to create this group to help others cope and feel less isolated as they make connections and meet others who face similar challenges. She says a person needs to unload their daily struggles in a safe environment where people feel absolutely secure knowing that they will not be challenged, ridiculed or made to explain in anyway. Monmouth Beach Yoga & Wellness will be that place.
Lisa finds there are infinite benefits to yoga; physical, mental and spiritual. She believes ANYONE can do they just need to honor their bodies.She says yoga helps her learn more about herself every day, and she expects Monmouth Beach Yoga and Wellness will provide a safe haven for others as they pursue their own path toward personal expression and connect with their inner peace so they can take it off their mats and into their daily lives. She is blessed that she is able to do what she loves to do. In her spare time you will find her soaking up the sun, reading, playing with her kitties or just chillaxin'.