Yoga Teacher of the Month: Lisa Galico

This month’s featured teacher is Lisa Galico! Read on to learn more about Lisa.

1) Tell us a little about yourself! 

My name is Lisa Galico. I am married to my wonderful husband, Chris. We have three fur babies: our dog, Emerson, and our cats, Quincy and Felix. I

have always loved animals, especially cats, dogs, and horses. I volunteer a few days a week at Serendipity Therapeutic Riding Center in Harvey’s Lake. The horses inspire me with their patience and kindness towards the riders.

Lisa Galico - Home Yoga & Barre

On a more serious note, this spring I was diagnosed and treated for ocular melanoma, a rare form of eye cancer. I am so thankful that I have regained all vision in that eye and am now cancer free! I want to raise awareness about this disease. I encourage everyone to get a dilated eye exam at least once a year. Like so many types of cancer, early detection is key!

2) How would you describe your teaching style?

I have been told many times that I have a soft spoken voice. Most of my regular classes tend to be on the more gentle side.

In addition to asana (the physical practice), I like to incorporate pranayama (breath) yoga philosophy, and meditation. I think our society suffers from chronic stress, and I want people to learn the tools to learn how to relax and not to take life so seriously.

3) How did you get into teaching? 

I have been practicing for nine years, mostly vinyasa style classes. About three years ago, I went to a restorative yoga class, not knowing anything about this style. I was immediately hooked! The teacher played soft music and the lighting was dim. The class was lead through ground poses using the props for support. At the time, I was suffering from insomnia. I felt instantly better with a restorative yoga practice.

I enrolled in a restorative yoga teacher training hosted by Home Yoga and Barre and taught be Angela Boltz, from Living Flow Yoga. My intention for taking the course was for personal development, but after the training I was asked to start teaching a weekly restorative yoga class at a local studio. I loved teaching that class, and decided to enroll in a 200 Yoga Teacher Training program.

In 2017, I graduated with my certification from Boundless Yoga, hosted by Balance Yoga and Wellness in Forty Fort, Pa.

4) Tell us about some of the classes you teach in our area.

In addition to teaching at studios, I also offer community classes. I am certified in adaptive chair yoga. I am teaching series of chair yoga classes at the Pittston Memorial Library and at Newberry Estates in Dallas.

I am also certified in integrated equine yoga. I am teaching a workshop, “What the Heck is Horse Yoga” at Serendipity Therapeutic Riding Center on Sunday, July 21 . For more information please visit my Facebook page at Lisa Galico Yoga or e-mail me at lisagalico@gmail.com.

5) What do you love most about teaching at Home Yoga & Barre? 

I know this will sound cliché, but I love the people. Everyone at Home Yoga has been warm and welcoming. The owner, and my friend, Alyssa Miller, is one of the nicest people that I know.

As a teacher, I want to inspire people to be the best version of themselves: physically, mentally, and emotionally.
— Lisa Galico

6) What is your favorite pose and why? 

Savasana (corpse pose) because it is an opportunity to be fully present. I tell students to let everything drop, just be here in the present. It’s only a few minutes, and that may feel like a long time for some people. The more we train our minds to drop the chatter the better we will feel on all levels of wellbeing. It’s so rare to find a few minutes to fully relax. I think yoga is a gift to ourselves and so important for self-care. I know the better that I feel, the better I can care for my loved ones.

Thanks, Lisa! Keep an eye on the schedule to see when Lisa is teaching, and look for her classes around NEPA, too.