Lisa Rueff is a vibrant and enthusiastic Bay Area yoga and meditation teacher popular for her inspiring, joyful classes and messages. She leads yoga retreats, classes, and workshops worldwide and has been featured and published in Yoga Journal, Mantra Magazine, Yoga International, Origin Magazine, and more. In addition to teaching yoga, Rueff is an enthusiastic entrepreneur and motivational speaker who loves creating ways to empower, celebrate, and connect people to their purpose and passions. She loves waking people up to following their passions, dreams and bliss to make a difference in the world, and believing that anything is possible. Lisa has developed a board game called Sparked to bring people together to celebrate, inspire, and uplift each other.
As founder of Yoga Ventures—a global humanitarian retreat company that provides opportunities to embark on meaningful, sustainable yoga volunteer retreats worldwide—she has led more than 30 humanitarian-focused yoga and service trips abroad. She has been leading international trips for more than 15 years and encourages her students to discover the joys of travel with purpose and how each of us can make a tangible and sustainable difference. She has raised over a million dollars for global causes, focusing on sustainable solutions to provide basic needs for women and children. Lisa founded and built a 12,000 sq. ft home and school for earthquake-orphaned children in Haiti called the Jacmel Children Center.
Lisa also served as executive director of Do It For The Love, a nonprofit wish-granting foundation, created by musician Michael Franti and his wife Sara Agah Franti, that brings people living with life-threatening illnesses, children with severe challenges, and wounded veterans to live concerts. Through the healing power of music, their goal is to inspire joy, hope, and lasting celebratory memories in the face of severe illness or trauma. Lisa also served as a consultant for Virgin Unite, where she organized and facilitated Virgin Unite Connection Trips with Sir Richard Branson to South Africa and Her Majesty Queen Noor to Jordan. During these trips, participants engaged with these inspiring frontline leaders whose work with entrepreneurial communities are driving change.