Liz was first trained as a Vinyasa teacher in 2005. She taught for 7 years in Washington, DC, while also frequenting workshops to soak up a variety of offerings and styles from Shiva Rea to Ana Forrest. Wanting to dive deeper into foundational poses, bandhas and pranayama, in 2011 she took a second 200hr-RYT in Ashtanga Yoga with David Kyle. In 2012 she completed The Rocket teacher training also with David. In 2014 she completed a 50-hour FLY Inversion Advanced Teacher Training with Laughing Lotus. Liz moved back home to the Finger Lakes region in 2009 and has been teaching at Mighty Yoga since 2011. Liz is an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance.
Liz’s teaching style is progressive vinyasa flow, with each sequence building upon the previous. Her classes are driven by creativity and strength building movements, and are also grounded in proper alignment and breath control/pranayama. Her approach to teaching is to offer what she practices, to speak from her own experiences and to challenge her students to expand their individual potential. Liz thrives on being a student, continuously learning and finding inspiration from her students and from a wide array of teachers and yoga styles. She has a curiosity and love (read: obsession) for inversions and arm balances, a secret crush on restorative poses and a fondness for chanting, all of which she may integrate into her classes.
Although Liz has dabbled with yoga since college in Boulder, CO, it wasn’t until 2003 that yoga became something more than just a physical activity. This initial exposure to yoga as a practice was inspired by several teachers at Tranquil Space studio in DC, including Kevin Waldorf-Cruz and Siobhan Carranza, who not only taught Liz alignment and breath, but also to explore and trust herself.
Yoga is the perfect balance to Liz’s lifestyle because it requires dedication and growth both on and off the mat and thus complements her personal ethics as an environmentalist, educator, and homesteader. For Liz, her yoga practice provides an outlet for creativity and fun; it reminds her to take time to reflect and to be mindful of the people and the earth around her; it stretches her physical aptitude, yet simultaneously requires strength, softness and humility; it cultivates relationships and community. Most recently, Liz is exploring the spiritual and energetic sides of the practice including chakras, prana and prayer.
Off the mat, Liz loves almost anything outdoors – hiking, swimming, cross country skiing, kayaking, etc. – and is an aspiring homesteader. She lives in a yurt in Mecklenburg, NY where she and her fiancée Steve run Wellspring Forest Farm. She also works part-time for Cornell Garden-Based Learning.
Liz’s favorite piece of wisdom:
When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free. – Wendell Berry