My passion for movement studies began when I was called to dance at the age of three, and has been growing ever since. My earliest years were spent studying a multitude of dance forms, which led to a professional career in the performing arts. After years of struggling with the stress that came with a bustling career in the arts, a re-occurring dance related injury, and chronic illness, I decided to change paths to explore the healing arts of yoga and pilates.

Integration and restoring balance means recognizing and addressing every aspect of who we are while remaining aware that each aspect is always informing one another, as they are actually one.


This journey began with private training in pilates with Miriane Taylor, a certified instructor and master teacher trainer. This led to further training in injury prevention and rehabilitation, and to a teaching certification through Taylor’d Pilates. In 2008, I traveled to India to explore the ancient tradition of yoga and its guiding philosophies. I completed my first teacher training program at SVYASA Yoga University in Bangalore. Through intense study and dedicated practice, I felt awakened to myself and the world in ways that I could never have imagined. I have since completed several yoga teacher training programs, including YYoga's 200hr Yoga Teacher Training and Octopus Garden’s 300hr Effective Teacher Training, and have participated in hundreds of hours of continuing education with senior teachers around the world. I am certified at the highest level of teaching and teacher training in accordance with the Yoga Alliance (® 500, YACEP®). Building on this work, I recently completed the Functional Range Conditioning® Certification Program with Dr. Andreo A. Spina and obtained the title Certified FRC Mobility Specialist.

Lisa provides an environment where I can push myself to discover new platforms; physically, mentally & emotionally. There is no better way to describe it, than the transformation of a chrysalis into a beautiful butterfly.
— Dayna Virag

After teaching for 7 years, I uncovered a gap in my practice and healing journey which motivated me to engage more deeply in fields of psychology, somatic psychotherapy, and trauma resolution. I began counselling work in 2014 as part of the Wellness Team at Helix Healthcare Group in Toronto, offering trauma-sensitive private and group movement therapy sessions. I have attended a wide range of courses, sacred circles, and lectures, all guided by experts in the field of psychological trauma, including Janina Fisher and Gabor Maté. I am currently completing a three-year program in Relational Somatic Counselling with Dr. Michael Sieck, founder of the Three Fold Way.


Lisa Messina is a mighty educator and specialist in the field of human education-encompassing skillful physical movement, emotional literacy, and meditation for the mind. I have witnessed her confidently lead students through the wilds of India, the concrete jungles of Toronto, and inevitably right into their own hearts.
Lisa’s depth of knowledge is unsurpassed and her willingness to create a meaningful experience for her students is palpable. With her passion, creativity, and boundless sense of adventure she will lead you through the dark and into your own light.
— Bree Grieg, Yoga Teacher and Teacher Trainer

I am passionate about teaching because it allows me to weave all of my education and life experience together into something I can share with others who have an interest in holistic movement-based healing. I aspire to fuse my experience in physical and spiritual fields with current studies in relational psychology. I am committed to providing a safe, innovative, and integrated space for students to explore their own truth, and to engage in the process of healing. The goal of my work is to enhance quality of life through greater awareness, understanding, resiliency, and compassion.