who we are

lisa parks is the founder of soul studio.

lisa is a yoga teacher, artist, workshop facilitator, and guide who spent over two decades working in child protection.  she became curious about the topics of trauma and resiliency while working directly with children (and their families) who experienced child abuse and neglect.  she was deeply affected and inspired by the experiences and stories of the children she worked with and the humans in her personal life who have experienced trauma.

she also became interested in her own secondary trauma as a result of the work she was doing.  art and yoga both played primary roles in her ability to process the trauma she was exposed to, sustain the work and remain hopeful about the world and the humans in it.

lisa founded soul studio to share the transformative power of creative embodiment, through story, yoga, and art.  the program is inclusive and beneficial for all, regardless of trauma history, gender identity or expression, race, age, culture, ability, size and yoga/art experience.  lisa's mission is to make the program available to children and teens affected by sexual and physical abuse, incarcerated and court-involved youth, young mothers trying to parent in the midst of trauma and chaos, and professionals who are exposed to trauma in the course of their work.

lisa is grateful to have learned from so many brilliant yoga and art teachers (see below),  but her practice and service remain mostly influenced and inspired by the children she has had the honor to meet.

lisa looks forward to applying the soul studio curriculum in a variety of settings with diverse populations.

soul studio was founded in june 2016.

more bios and photos coming soon.

here is a partial list of teachers, programs, and organizations with whom lisa has trained:

off the mat into the world
hala khouri
yoga for all
cathi malchiodi
yoga for trauma
connection coalition
trauma sensitive yoga
alanna kaivalya