About Lisa

Lisa N Pickering, Owner & Creator of Namaskar Retreats
Lisa Nguyen,
Owner & creator of Namaskar Retreats

Lisa has been managing a successful dog walking business since 2007, allowing her to spend nearly every moment with her beautiful dog, Atticus who had epilepsy and high health needs. Atticus is now in heaven, after turning 12 in May 2020.


In her spare time Lisa has competed in marathon and half marathon events, fundraising for Breast Cancer Network Australia, Mitochondria Awareness and The Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation.

In 2018, her 80's Trivia Fundraiser raised $5,936.00 for Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.


Lisa's love of running is what led her to practicing gentle stretch movements for assistance in recovery after training, or from the event itself.


Having completed 8 half marathons, 3 full marathons, some fun runs and practising Yin and Restorative Yoga for over 6 years, Lisa emphasises the importance  of slowing down, mindfulness and self care to balance out the yang not only for  a healthy body but for a healthy mindset and mental wellness. 


“I used to smoke 50 or more cigarettes a day, I was obese and at an unhealthy weight. I walked off 23 kilos in 4 months, gave up smoking and taught myself to run and found it a huge release of pressure for my anxiety and rushed thoughts. The only racing I then took on were marathons and running events, but though I achieved some great personal bests, my forte is endurance. 

Running is mine, it’s for me and my own, private moving meditation. I took up yin yoga to recover and fell in love with it. I studied several yoga teacher trainings and use my qualifications to share my passion with others. 

Knowing how crazy our lives become if we don’t check in, I thus concentrate on making time for oneself and provide tools in my workshops that encourage and develop a self care and self worth practice.  It’s so important to turn inward, be present and breathe. 

It’s a life skill and necessity to stop, rest and charge up again.

People fall out of connection and lose focus with individual interaction. Compassion and loving kindness is the meaning behind my logo, the “Metta” symbol and it is with benevolence that I reach out to those in my class with human warmth and human touch when I guide meditation, sequences poses and when I introduce massage for my students.


I invite people to give their time and attention by talking to each other without digital interference or assistance, to hold space and sensitivity for themselves and for each other.


All bodies are welcome to join; men and women, beginners and those with advanced experience in yoga and meditation and nobody is too old.”


With over 350 hours of RYT trainings qualifications, Lisa leads yin with massage and meditation in her classes, workshops  and events across Victoria.

Lisa offers a range of services as Namaskar Retreats, specialising on individually, personalised sessions, workshops and events.

About Namaskar Retreats Logo, 
"With Metta"

Mettā (Pali) or maitrī (Sanskrit) means benevolence, loving-kindness, friendliness, amity, good will, and active interest in others. ... Metta as 'compassion meditation' is often practiced in Asia by broadcast chanting, wherein monks chant for the laity.