Elizabeth

LizHere’s the official 411 on Elizabeth:

Elizabeth Gabriel (recently changed from Liz Falk) 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. 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. Elizabeth is an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance.  Off the mat, she loves almost anything outdoors and is an aspiring homesteader. She works part-time for Cornell Cooperative Extension and lives in a yurt in Mecklenburg, NY where she and her husband Steve run Wellspring Forest Farm.

We asked Elizabeth:

Why do you practice yoga?  Yoga is the perfect balance for my lifestyle because it requires dedication and growth both on and off the mat and thus complements my personal ethics as an environmentalist, educator, and homesteader. My yoga practice provides an outlet for creativity and fun; it reminds me to take time to reflect and to be mindful of the people and the earth around me; it stretches my physical aptitude, yet simultaneously requires strength, softness and humility; it cultivates relationships and community. Most recently, I’m exploring the spiritual and energetic sides of the practice including chakras, prana and prayer.

What fuels you? Our homestead and living in the Finger Lakes, my dog Vida and yoga!  And I love almost anything outdoors – hiking, swimming, cross country skiing, kayaking, etc.

What can people expect in your Mighty classes?  My teaching style is progressive vinyasa flow, with each sequence building upon the previous.  My classes are driven by creativity and strength building movements, grounded in proper alignment and breath control/pranayama. My approach to teaching is to offer what I practice, to speak from my own experiences and to challenge the students to expand their individual potential.  I thrive on being a student, continuously learning and finding inspiration from the students and from a wide array of teachers and yoga styles. I have 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 I often integrate into my classes.

Elizabeth’s favorite piece of wisdom:

It is the teacher’s foremost duty to give you back your intelligence, to return to you your heart, to encourage you to access yourself. They do this by being who they really are and by being completely honest and compassionate with you. – Richard Freeman