Yoga therapy class planned | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | September 30, 2017 5:00 pm
Last Updated: September 27, 2017 at 11:43 am
Lisa Rosof moved to Walterboro for two reasons: family and Hurricane Matthew.
In 2016, after Matthew destroyed their home in Pawleys Island, Rosof and her husband, Walterboro native Lucius Fishburne, began pondering what to do. Both were working at Litchfield Counseling & Yoga — she has a Master of Arts degree in counseling and is an internationally certified yoga therapist and he as a licensed professional counselor. Then Matthew happened.
“We were a half mile from the ocean, right on the marsh. Ground level. Nothing significant had happened there since Hugo, but Matthew was different. l view the events of that hurricane now as one of life’s challenging upheavals that presented us with an opportunity to explore alternative places to live. In other words, Matthew got his big ole shovel out and said you need to plant yourself somewhere else.”
So they began to look at Walterboro. Fishburne grew up here, and Rosof had been coming here during the winter for years. And after some careful consideration, both decided Walterboro would be a good “sanctuary” from Matthew’s devastation.
But what’s a yoga therapist going to do in a small town? Rosof was surprised at the warm reception she received after visiting the Colleton County Memorial Library and USC Salkehatchie. Both were very welcoming, she said, and on Tuesday, Oct. 3 from 10-11 a.m., she will present her first class, at the library — an experiential and educational introduction to chair yoga and meditation.
“People think of yoga as a class where you have to turn into a pretzel, get into uncomfortable positions and take on strange religious beliefs,” Rosof said. “But the word yoga simply means union. It is the union of body, mind and spirit.” She helps people learn to recognize the correlation and impact of mental, emotional and physical/behavioral patterns that highjack happiness and cause suffering.
Once people learn to recognize this interaction, they may be able to “begin, in that moment, to choose more wisely. And over time, with practice the brain changes,” Rosof said. “It used to be ‘This is how I am, this was how my mom was and her mom was and this is how it is going to always be.’ Now, neuroscientists prove that’s not always the case. Yes, it is part of the human condition, we get in ruts, difficult unskillful habits occur, but with attention and compassion training, our brain changes and healthier pathways develop that are more wholesome, satisfying and rewarding.”
She knows from education and experience. Rosof was a professional dancer until she was 32. She started at 18 with a Boston modern dance company, traveling primarily in the northeast. Dance took her from Boston to Las Vegas, to New York City and even to Japan. During that time, Rosof earned a business degree and after ending her dance career at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall, she worked a year in the business world, but felt “like a fish out of water.”
In the early 1990s, she found yoga. “And I instantly fell in love,” she said. She went back to school and got her yoga therapy degree, then to graduate school to earn a master’s in counseling. She offers an effective, personalized and eclectic blend of expressive art/movement, yoga, psychotherapy and yoga therapy.
Now she’s bringing those skills home to Walterboro, where she and Fishburne are living just on the outskirts of town. She eventually plans to open a private practice here on Walter Street near the Colleton County Courthouse. She can be reached through her current website www.yogaatthebeach.com.
Those interested in learning how yoga therapy works can attend the free Oct. 3 class at the library. The class will include 10 minutes of chair yoga to relieve stress, guided imagery to calm emotions, mindfulness meditation to quiet the mind, short YouTube animations on evidence-based brain sciences and ways to live with courage, compassion, connection and resilience. For information contact TJ Grant, assistant library director, 843-549-5621 ext. 7 or firstname.lastname@example.org.