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Creative Awakenings Workshop — August 23rd

Aug 14, 2014 // by admin // Blog, creativity, Uncategorized, Yoga // No Comments

Looking for a way to awaken the creativity that lies within you? Then join me on Saturday, August 23, 5-6:30 PM at Tranquil Space Arlington for a Creative Awakening.

“Yoga opens up the flow of creativity, the unfurling of the creator within.”

Creative Awakening can help you tap into the creative energy centers within you—the second and fifth chakras—to get energy flowing, clear energy blockages, and help stimulate your creativity. This 90-minute workshop opens with a brief introduction about what creativity is, what the chakras are, and why helping energy to move may stimulate the creative juices, followed by a vinyasa flow to help move energy throughout the body using movement, mantra, visualization, and meditation, closing with a juicy restorative pose and seated meditation.

“One can be creative all the time. Creativity is usually associated with all the things we do in any time of the day. Most of the things and almost all events can involve creativity. From cooking to dressing up involves creativity. Being creative tends to be shown when opportunities come or when the situation calls for it…”

 The active practice not enough and want to explore your creativity further? For those interested, following the workshop, we’ll be having a Knitting and Needlecraft Lab—90 minutes to join others in the cOMmunity in exploring knitting or crocheting. No knitting/crocheting experience required, we can teach you the basics. Bring your existing project or come ready to learn some of the basics. If you don’t have supplies, e-mail Lisa (lisacalandriello@tranquilspace.com) and she can help you determine what to pick up at the local yarn shop or craft store.

You can sign-up in advance here!

Hope to see you there!

Namaste, Lisa

The Versatile Blogger Award

Aug 30, 2011 // by admin // Blog, creativity, Uncategorized, writing // 4 Comments

Receiving awards is always fun. My yogini friend, Christine, from my 200 hour yoga teacher training recently awarded me the Versatile Blogger Award. Being me, I did a little digging trying to figure out who thought of this award and when it was first given out. The origin of the award is very much a mystery, but at its heart, is the desire to help your blog readers learn more about you and to recognize and share recently discovered blogs.

My friend Christine - YogaTwistOnLife (photo credit: Gleam Photography)

Christine and I met during our level 1 teacher training (the first 33 hours of the 200 hour certification). Christine started her blog at the beginning of our teacher training journey and is now a very much seasoned blogger. It’s been fun watching her blog evolve from a journal about our teacher training experiences to a forum for sharing insights on her travels and hobbies, and tidbits about the practice and teaching of yoga. I’m honored that Christine awarded me with this award and I’m happy to pass it on to others who are just as deserving.

Here are the Official Rules of the Award.

  1. Thank the award-giver(s) and link back to them in your post.
  2. Tell your readers seven (7) things about yourself.
  3. Give this award to up to fifteen (15) recently discovered bloggers.
  4. Contact those bloggers and let them in on the exciting news.

Seven things about me (that you won’t learn from the “about lisa” page on my website)…

  1. I’m a certified public accountant, licensed in four jurisdictions – the Commonwealth of Virginia, the District of Columbia, and the states of Maryland and New York. I have four active licenses because when I worked in public accounting, I had to have a license in the state of my home office and the jurisdictions that my audit clients were located in.
  2. I was my sister’s maid of honor. I’ll never forget receiving the call from my sister, while I was on vacation in the Bahamas that she and my brother-in-law got engaged. I was so excited for her. And three days later, she asked me to be her maid of honor, which of course I said yes to. I have always been happy that I was able to be part of my sister’s special day. It’s a day that I don’t think I will ever forget.
  3. I love olives – any kind: regular, oil-cured, kalamata, manzanilla, etc. You name them, and I eat them. Growing up (and who are we kidding, not much has changed), I could make meals out of olives. My dad would put out a bowl for guests and I would be told to wait until the guests arrived. When I was a kid, my grandfather taught me to put regular black olives on my finger tips and then to eat them off of my fingertips. So, I love olives. And yes, I love olive oil, too, for cooking and dipping bread into.
  4. I’m a pescatarian. Despite the fact that I eat vegetarian the majority of the time and also enjoy some vegan meals, when I made the decision to eat vegetarian, I didn’t want to give up fish. I found that it was really red meats, poultry, and pork that would make me feel sluggish after eating them. Fish didn’t have the same effect, and so, I didn’t stop eating it. I also happen to be a lover of sushi. Now all that being said, I mostly eat vegetarian and only have fish once or twice a month (and usually in some kind of sushi style preparation).
  5. I’m a brother… at least that’s what I am in my professional business fraternity, we are all brothers there. My fraternity was founded in 1904 as an all men’s business fraternity. In 1976, after Title IX became law, the fraternity voted to allow women to join, making Alpha Kappa Psi, a co-ed professional business fraternity. Although the issue of what to call women has been a recurring topic at our biennial Chapter Congress meeting, women continue to be called “brothers”. This is part of the tradition and I’m in support of that tradition never changing.
  6. I ran cross country my sophomore year of high school. For a long time I thought I wanted to be a runner, and so, after ankle surgery the summer of 1993, I decided that I would give running a try and joined the cross-country team. I ran that fall and then decided to give track a try the following spring. I determined that running wasn’t my thing and went back to the dance studio to take more tap lessons.
  7. I’ve had two surprise birthday parties thrown for me – for my 20th and 30th birthdays. Both were thrown by my family and friends and I was clueless about both. Who knows what exciting things will be planned for my 40th birthday, but there’s no need to start considering that for another 6 years.

I think that ‘s probably more than just 7 things about me, since I can’t just write a list, I have to have commentary on each one. I hope you enjoyed reading a little bit about me. And now the real exciting part, passing the honor along to others, so without further ado, the Versatile Blogger award goes to:

  • Virya Vinyasa by Jes Hrivnak, the journey of how a type A personality learns to love Bakasana face-plants
  • The Vegan Season by Lindsay Boyd, a blog all about vegan eating
  • Adventures in Vegetarianism by Miriam Miller, a blog about the exploration of vegetarian cooking – from kitchen to restaurants in DC and around the country

For other blogs that I like and that inspire me, check out the Yoga Resources page on my website.

When passions collide…

Aug 27, 2011 // by admin // Blog, Photography, Uncategorized, Yoga // 3 Comments

Jes & Me - instagram-like effect using elements (thank you to the tourist who offered to snap the photo)

It’s no secret that I’m very passionate about yoga. There was that one day that I came to my mat and something clicked. I found so much more than just a way to exercise. In the last 8 months, I deepened my practice by attending teacher training at my yoga home and became a yoga teacher. Now, I get to share my passion for yoga on a weekly basis with yogis in the Tranquil Space community.

Yoga isn’t my only passion, though. I also have a passion for photography. About 5 years ago, I invested in a digital single-lens reflex (“dSLR”) camera. I’ve always enjoyed looking at the world around me, whatever microcosm I’m in, and seeing something interesting and capturing it. The investment in the dSLR was to take my photography to another level and prompted me to take workshops around DC, online courses, and buy books that taught me how to (1) use the camera and (2) different techniques for capturing images. For about a year, I went out almost every weekend and found images to capture. I always had the most fun finding creative close-ups. I also bought editing software and took online courses to learn how to use it. Then, work and life got busy and I put my camera down for a while (a good 2 1/2 years). About a year ago, I made an effort to rekindle this passion and this summer, I did that when I took a DC PhotoTour. (Check out my photos page for images from the DC PhotoTour.)

protecting my gear from passing thunderstorms (so of course, we got none)

As I worked to build my website, I realized, I wanted images of me in various yoga postures to put on the website. And so over the last few months, I’ve been working on amassing a collection. And I’ve been lucky to have friends, who have taken the pictures for me. One thing that I didn’t have though were images of me in yoga postures down by some of the iconic monuments in Washington, DC. Well, yesterday, my friend, Jes, and I had our first attempt in getting some of those images. Jes and I both love photography and we both love yoga. Jes is actually getting ready to begin her journey towards the 200 hr yoga teacher certification right now. And last night, in the calm before the storm, we went down to the National Mall, dressed in some of our favorite yoga attire, armed with our cameras, and had some fun.

Jes and I both have a creative eye for composition and we each gravitate to our favorite ways to compose. We played with close-ups, taking pictures on angles, different locations, and different postures, learning each step of the way, what worked, what didn’t work, and what we’d like to try again in a different outfit. We even stumbled upon one of the best spots (in my opinion) to photograph the Washington Monument. Here are some of the results:

Me in Camatkarasana (Wild Thing) (photo credit: Jes Hrivnak)

Jes in Anjaneyasana (low lunge)

Up close in Chaturanga Dandasana (photo credit: Jes Hrivnak)

Jes in opening her heart Virabhadrasana I (warrior I)

Me in Garudasana (Eagle) (photo credit: Jes Hrivnak)

Jes in Garudasana (Eagle)

Me in Chaturanga Dandasana (photo credit: Jes Hrivnak)

Jes in Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (upward facing dog)

Me in reverse Virabhadrasana (reverse warrior) (photo credit: Jes Hrivnak)

Jes in Camatkarasana (Wild Thing)

Jes & Me - the self-portrait

After our playtime outside, we hung out for a while (starting with a grocery store run to prepare for the impending storm) ate dinner, had some delicious herbal tea, shared photos, edited photos, and chatted. Plans are in the works for another yoga photoshoot, so-to-speak. There are many more places in DC and specifically around the iconic monuments and memorials that we want to take pictures. It was definitely lots of fun and a really nice way for two of my passions to collide.

What are your passions? Do you ever bring two of your passions together?

33 things I’ve learned in my 30s

Aug 18, 2011 // by admin // Blog, Uncategorized // 4 Comments

To commemorate my 33rd birthday, here is my list of 33 things I’ve learned in my 30s. I started this list when I turned 30, with the first 27 items and the list has kept growing and evolving. Some items reflect things I’ve known for years and just decided to add, because they are good things to be reminded of from time to time.

1. I’m happy being single.

2. I’m secure with who I am.

3. I want more than a career in my life.

4. I know that any man I meet will come with baggage, and I can’t forget, I come with baggage too (ex’s, exclusively platonic friends of the opposite sex, exclusively platonic friends of the opposite sex that weren’t always exclusively platonic, those nights you’d rather forget)

5. I am in control of my life; my life doesn’t control me.

6. It’s easier to get over it, then to dwell on the negative.

7. Don’t get involved with colleagues (unless you know you’ll never have to see them again if it doesn’t work out).

8. My family is important to me and sometimes I should listen to their advice.

9. Don’t try to live someone else’s life, you will only be unhappy if you do this.

10. Treat ALL people with respect, no matter how they treat you.

11. It’s never right to yell at one of your staff, but if you are going to do that, don’t do it in front of their staff or anyone else for that matter.

12. Delegate work, you can’t possibly do it all by yourself. but remember, just because it doesn’t look like you did it when you get it back, doesn’t mean that it’s wrong, it’s just different.

13. Smile, because you woke up today.

14. Some guys are jerks, and that’s the way it is… get over it, and fast, because they aren’t worth the emotional output.

15. Keep up with your skin in your 20′s and no one will know you are in your 30′s. ;)

16. Friends come in and out of your life; cherish the time you have with them.

17. Breaking off friendships is never easy, but sometimes, it’s the right thing to do.

18. You say “good-bye” to your old company, you say “I’ll stay in touch” to the people from your old company. It’s the people that make leaving hard.

19. Some people don’t ever want to admit they are wrong, even when they clearly are.

20. For the first time in my life, I’m comfortable in my own skin.

21. I am a successful woman, I need to find a man that will complement me, who is not afraid of my success. I DO NOT have to change for a man.

22. You don’t plan events for the under 21 set, unless they are related to you and well, then it’s called a family function.

23. You can be in people’s lives, without being in the same state.

24. Some people will never change, so don’t waste your time trying to change them – accept them as is, or move on.

25. Overextend yourself in the areas of life that you are passionate about, but recognize when it’s too much.

26. You don’t NEED to be connected to work all the time. There was a time before blackberries and e-mail.

27. As I keep getting older, I keep learning new things about myself.

28. To parallel park… my sister told me I should add this one, since I’ve recently gotten much better at it.

29. There is always room for growth and personal development.

30. Everyone doesn’t have to like you and there are people who cross your path that you may never be friends with. And this is okay.

31. I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but I know when I’m ready to find out, it will happen.

32. Sometimes you need to have incredibly low lows. And when they happen, you have to embrace them as a learning experience, even if that is hard to recognize at the time.

33. Live in the present.  Your past is the past, learn from it; your future is uncertain, so you can’t worry about it; live in the present and it will all work out the way it’s supposed to.

All about relaxation part 2 (my week in food)

Aug 7, 2011 // by admin // Blog, food, Uncategorized // No Comments

I had a great vacation last week and I’m finally getting back into the swing of things. I’ve caught up on work and life and the week has been incredibly busy. I’ve even found my me-time. I went to some great yoga classes this last week and taught a few yoga classes this week. And I even managed to post my playlists from this weeks’ classes all by myself to my playlists page (http://yogalisadc.com/playlists/). So, I thought now would be a good time to post more about my trip. Well, it’s not really about my trip; it’s about many of the vegetarian meals I had on my trip.

I’ve eaten vegetarian for about a year and a half now. I became a pescatarian after realizing that I felt lethargic when I would eat meat. This trip, I decided to document many of the meals that I had, because they were delicious. Here are the highlights:

my first cucumber refresher at True Food (my first visit), of course I had another one on my second visit, too

sundried tomato & olive pizza at True Food (the first visit)

dinner at RAWHIDE - tofu, vegetables, and some Texas toast

tofu alfredo at friday's awards luncheon

mediterranean chopped salad at True Food (the second visit)

flourless chocolate cake at True Food (the second visit)

orange sorbet at True Food, so this was my friend's dessert (the second visit)

vegetable strudel at the Grand Banquet

fruit dessert at the Grand Banquet

My favorite part of this is the variety that I was able to eat over the course of the week. To eat vegetarian while on this trip, I didn’t need to have the same foods everyday or eat only pasta. I got to have a lot of variety, to eat healthy, and to have some simply delicious food. And although this post may be a few days late, I still wanted to share. My trip was awesome, but now I’m back to reality and hoping that I’ll be having some meals like this now that I’m back home. It just might mean doing a little more cooking at home, and eating out a lot less.