It consistently takes an open heart and a willingness to jump in feet first to surrender to inner guidance. Liz followed her inner guidance and is an eRYT500 movement explorer and Yogaworks teacher trainer who caught a bit of wanderlust and has been traveling, teaching yoga for the past decade. She’s studied with YogaWorks for her 200hr teacher training in California in 2008, with Michel Besnard in Thailand for her 300hr in 2011, and with Jill Miller & Yoga Tune Up off and on since 2013. Liz has a variety of knowledge from different backgrounds to share and is currently attending the Rolf® Institute of Structural Integration to expand her body knowledge even more (will graduate in 2019). What she’s learned from her teachers and students from being abroad goes beyond what being on the mat has taught her. Liz continues to enhance her teaching by practicing all types of movement from yoga to crossfit, Ido Portal, running & Yoga Tune Up etc. Her classes challenge the idea of what asana is, allowing her students to explore and empower themselves by learning what their bodies and minds can do.
A teacher once told Liz, “Yoga is not an easy path. In fact, it’s one of the most challenging paths because it offers us an opportunity to break free of whom we think we are in order to reveal our authentic Self, honoring who we truly are.” Since Liz has chosen the discipline and daily practice of yoga, she constantly asks herself “what is my intention?” and “how can I show up as myself today?”
What began as a love for the physical practice of yoga, ended up being a daily discipline of exploring and peeling the layers to her true potential. Discovering many truths about herself.
A few years after she began her journey into yoga, her mother tragically passed away from cancer. During the process of hospital stays, chemotherapy and radiation, Liz’s only refuge was her yoga practice. Yoga helped her through the pain of losing her mother, and being a yoga teacher is her daily tribute to honor her memory.
Because of Liz’s own transformation and a yearning desire to continue to learn more about herself, she found that her purpose is to serve others through yoga. Too many of us are living unconsciously in cycles of bad habit’s which keep us in a state of suffering. Whether we’re staying in a job we can’t stand, staying in a relationship that’s not working, or not having the courage to stay true to ourselves, we all have our challenges. Liz hopes that by serving others through yoga, they, too, will be guided back toward their truth. Yoga gives us the opportunity to gain the confidence and courage to be compassionate not only to others, but also to ourselves. And through this exploration we gain courage into seeking our own truth.
Liz has much gratitude toward her teachers. From her very first mentor Kori Strobl, to Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Michel Besnard, Thomas Taubman, Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra, Jill Miller, Laurel Beversdorf and on and on and on…she continues to be humbled by their teachings as well as those of her students. She hopes that through her teachings she encourages her students to never stop learning. Never stop exploring. We owe it to ourselves and to others.