I have been in the fitness industry since 1992, starting out as a group fitness teacher and personal trainer. I have been teaching yoga since 2007. I have a passion for learning. A few years ago I had the honor of travelling to India to Study at Sattva Yoga Academy for part of my advanced Sattva (Himalayan Kundalini) training with Angie Hall Yoga. In addition to yoga, I am a massage therapist and have had a private practice since 2004. I specializes in neuro muscular therapy and deep tissue therapeutic massage, Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, and energy balancing work. My adventures have led me into a passion for meditation as well. I love practicing and teaching meditations inspired by the sacred teachings of India and the new science of quantum physics. I get so much joy out of sharing what I have learned. We are truly inspirational beings and it's a joy to help even in a small part.
I am inspired by the students I get to teach in and outside of the yoga room. I get the opportunity to watch people grow cognitively, physically, and spiritually everyday. Right out of high school in 2003, I became a certified personal trainer while stationed in Chicago with the United States Air Force . My job in the military was physical fitness and nutrition, I also received an ISSA certification to work with clients in a gym and studio setting. In 2007, I was introduced to Bikram yoga and 2009 I went to Bikram's 800 hour teacher training. My passion for teaching and helping people find their body’s true potential in healing itself and staying healthy moved me to continue my education in yoga, anatomy, and physiology while studying for my Bachelor’s degree in education through NAU. I am also certified in Power Yoga and HIIT (high intensity interval training). I look forward to helping people on a more intimate, one-on-one level at Santosha!
I have been practicing the heated 26 and 2 yoga series for a little over 15 years. Initially, I suffered a pretty bad knee injury and it just wasn't the same. I could not do a lot of the physical activities and sports that I loved, and I was only 30 years old! A consistent yoga practice has transformed my physical being, my focus, my patience, and my empathy for others. The practice has allowed me to continue doing the activities I love like hiking, biking, and camping. I have met so many wonderful people, one in particular whom I am honored to call my wife and the mother of our little yogi daughter! Audrey inspires me as a teacher and as a husband every day! I am so grateful to have worked with so many students, teachers, and studios owners that I respect. They have helped coach and shape me into the teacher I am today. I look forward to continued growth and understanding as a teacher and for my own practice. That is the beautiful thing about yoga, there is no finish line.
LISA JANE VARGAS
Lisa Jane is a holistic health and wellness professional with a passion for teaching yoga and fitness practices to individuals with the goal of helping each heal from the inside out. Her experience includes over 20 years in the addiction and behavioral health field with an emphasis in addictions, eating disorders, trauma, chronic pain, depression and anxiety.
Earlier in her career she operated a personal training business alongside working in the financial services and hospitality sectors. She has spent a lifetime researching and studying healing modalities in the physical, psychological and spiritual realms and how they integrate with yoga and wellness.
Lisa Jane is currently a student in the 300 Hour Healing Emphasis Yoga (HEY) therapy program with Inner Vision Yoga. Practicing a work-life balance, she enjoys playing tennis, hiking and spending time with family and friends.