Get To Know Liz
I’ve come to realize at age 55 that learning to be comfortable in my own skin is something that will always be a work in progress.
What sparks joy in your life?
My husband and my kids! They’re the center of my universe and have been since each of them came into my life. I know that may sound cliche, but I’m so grateful. I thank God every day for blessing me with my wonderful family.
What keeps you busy these days?
Teaching! In addition to yoga, I teach other formats of group exercise including barre sculpt and active aging classes such as Sit + Be Fit, Balance and Mobility, and Floor to Feet. I also work with clients privately as a personal trainer and nutrition health coach.
How did yoga come into your life and what has that journey been like for you?
When I was 19 and living in San Francisco, my boyfriend’s aunt took me to my first yoga class. I had been a “dancer” growing up, studying ballet and modern dance from age 3 through high school. Thinking that I could never dance professionally, I gave it up when I went off to college. I desperately missed the physical and emotional release that I experienced with dance. That first yoga class felt like coming home. Yoga has been an important part of my life ever since.
Favorite yoga pose and why?
I have a few favorite yoga poses, but recently I’d say that Arda Chandrasana / half moon pose is on the top of the list. Finding both extension through my limbs and balance at my center feels like a metaphor for my life. When I’m in the pose I love to play around with different variations, sometimes surprising myself with how far I can go, sometimes completely toppling over. Again, like a metaphor for my life.
Do you have any yoga related anything you'd like to share with Body Of Wisdom Yoga students? Could be a book, recipe, place to travel, favorite song etc.
This is very old school, but the book Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life had a profound impact on me. In the book, author Judith Hanson Lasater, talks about how as adults we tend to hold on to stories about ourselves from our childhood/younger years that may no longer be relevant to who we are now. We allow these stories, which may feel comfortable or safe on some level even if they’re negative in context, to hold us back from new experiences. After finishing the book I immediately signed up for Yoga Teacher Training. It still blows my mind that I did and then went on to actually teach. It also blows my mind that for over 40 years I thought I hated pineapple when in fact I actually love it!
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