Lisa Stortstrom

The Journey from Teacher to Yoga Instructor

Lisa Stortstrom is a Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor and a licensed practitioner of Yoga for the Special Child for children and adults of all abilities. Using yoga, she strives to equip people with the requirements needed to perform successfully in school settings and in day care/work settings. Also, quality of life is brought to the situation of every person. She is currently holding classes in Sarasota, Venice, and Bradenton, Florida.

Through her own recent recovery from a major car accident in February 2018, Lisa knows that the practice of yoga can facilitate healing, focus the mind, calm one’s breathing, and clarify one’s purpose. With a heart of service, Lisa seeks to assist the most fragile people in overcoming chronic pain, coping with trauma, developing self-esteem and confidence, filling in learning gaps, and finding community. Because she wants all of her clients to feel comfortable and confident at every class, she teaches to everyone's level in beginning a yoga practice. 

People are always learning. Lisa intuitively learns from each person when teaching yoga classes and private sessions. As a teacher, Lisa brings to the mat her former positions in public and private schools: Montessori classrooms, special education and inclusive classrooms. She received her Master’s Degree from Lesley University in Intensive Special Needs with a Focus on the Autism Spectrum. She is professionally certified in the State of Florida in Exceptional Student Education K-12 and Regular Education K-6. Lisa holds certifications in the Montessori Method, levels PreK-K and First through Third Grade, The Miller Method for students with Autism Spectrum, and B.A. from Jacksonville University in Communications with minors in and English and Political Science. 

After teaching in many school environments for 20 years as a special needs teacher, Lisa has learned that everyone has potential with both challenges and strengths. Practicing yoga can calm the mind and body. It improves breathing, alignment, and movement; the brain functions better. People are better able to sit and listen, understand routines and concepts and follow instructions, thus partici- pate in both learning and work activities with increased success. Yoga helps people learn and find purpose in life. 

Lisa works with Soul to Soul Yoga and teaches classes around Sarasota. Classes include Rehabilitative Yoga at Village Walk, where she lives. She teaches private yoga sessions by appointment. Lisa greatly enjoys teaching yoga classes at Easter Seals, The Haven, and at other area schools. Lisa enjoys helping people to develop better quality of life with yoga. Lisa is a writer, photographer, musician. Besides yoga, she enjoys swimming, biking, and walking her rescue dog, Lilly, at the beach.