therapeutic YOGA IN Ojai, California

Francesca Michelle Lies, Yoga Teacher & Yoga Therapist, specializes in applying yoga in the field of mental and psychological wellness. She works with clients living with depression, anxiety, PTSD, addiction, disordered eating, learning difficulties, trauma, stress, ADHD, autism, and much more. 


A complete yoga practice can support an individual at any stage of healing and offers simple and accessible tools which can be implemented right away into ones daily life.

The science and philosophy of yoga offers

  • poses for the body which stretch, strengthen, and bring a new life and awareness into the body.
  • breathing exercises and techniques have the potential to awaken a new way of being with oneself and understanding ones own mind-body connection.
  • active relaxation techniques, how to center and meditate, and self-inquiry and reflection exercises to support an individual in moving inward, allowing for a new way of being to begin.

From here, we slow down and begin to observe the patterns and habits that drive us.

Finally, we focus on the strength that is innate within each one of us, turning toward the things that can heal and support us.




Francesca is one of those rare and wonderful people who is ever-evolving. She is playful and positive, but does not shy away from digging deep and doing the work. These qualities are reflected in both her personal and professional life. In our one and one yoga session I was struck by her ability to listen deeply and work the session specifically around what I was feeling that day. It is clear she has a profound understanding of the mind and body connection. This is reflected in the depth of her sessions.
— Tara Friedensohn, Certified Massage Therapist, Owner at Radiant Body Massage

As a psychologist and yoga practitioner who sees the value of a regular yoga practice to support treatment and a healthy lifestyle, I highly recommend my clients to Francesca. In addition to helping to grow our yoga therapy program, she supported clients who were suffering from depression, anxiety, restlessness or substance use. Francesca has a unique combination of training and knowledge of psychology, yoga and other healing modalities to support clients undergoing psychotherapy and who may be seeking a holistic approach to wellness.
— Victor Barbetti, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist and Co-Founder of the Village Center for Holistic Therapy