Finding the motivation is keep working out or to have a regular yoga practice is sometimes the hardest part of working out or practicing yoga, but motivation is also one of the biggest factors in achieving the results that we want. Sometimes finding out what motivates others along with hearing their story can give us the inspiration we need to stay focused on our own health and fitness goals.

Lisa McQuade has been teaching yoga since 1999 and has practiced yoga herself for just as many years. She graduated with a B.A. in Genetics & Development from Cornell University and an M.A. in Physical Education/Sport Psychology from San Diego State University. She has both a Kripalu Yoga 200 Hour and a 500 hour (E-RYT-500) certificate through Discovery Yoga and is a Second-degree Black Belt in Karate (Shotokan Karate of America). Along with yoga classes, she has also taught a variety of group fitness classes including Aqua Aerobics, Spin, and Kick-Box Aerobics.

She currently teaches a Kripalu style of yoga, which is a form of Hatha Yoga and focuses on meditation and breathwork (Spotlight on Kripalu Yoga). Kripalu Yoga also emphasizes ‘compassionate self-acceptance, observing the activity of the mind without judgment, and taking what is learned into daily life’ (Glowing Lotus YOGA).

How many years have you practiced yoga? Lisa McQuade: I took my first Yoga class on my 35th Birthday…Please don’t make me do the math…Lol.

What motivates you personally to keep practicing yoga every day/week? LQ: The effects I see personally in my life, health and energy.

What do you enjoy about yoga that keeps you practicing and teaching yoga? LQ: I like being able to share this feeling with others, helping them to explore their own power…the message that is already inside of them.

What is your favorite pose? LQ: Well, that depends on the day…my energy & how I feel…some days head stand…others…Shavasana!

What would you say to encourage other people to keep practicing yoga/coming to class every week? LQ: You will feel better even on those days when you don’t want to go to the mat! Guaranteed!

Do you have any advice for people who are either new to yoga or just getting back into working out again? LQ: Start from where you are NOW. Don’t give up; one class experience does not define yoga. Maybe you need to try a different class.  It is all good!

Visit Lisa’s website for class schedules and prices (Charleston, South Carolina) and for information on Wellness Training Glowing Lotus Yoga & Wellness or find her on Facebook at

Sources: Glowing Lotus YOGA. n.d. Webpage. 3 March 2013. <;.
Spotlight on Kripalu Yoga. 2013. Webpage . 3 March 2013. <;.
Photo from Flickr: Synergy by Jasmine. Creative Commons. 11 April 2011. Webpage. 4 March 2013. <>



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