For Elizabeth, the joys of yoga are vast and bountiful. Sharing this abundance through teaching is a delightful experience for her. Elizabeth has been teaching yoga in the Brattleboro area for the past four years. She began exploring and practicing yoga over fifteen years ago, completed her first formal 200-hour yoga teacher training in Brattleboro in 2012 at Hits The Spot Yoga with Scott Willis, and completed a 300-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training in April 2017. Elizabeth is certified and registered through Yoga Alliance as RYT-500.
Elizabeth’s teaching style aligns with a Hatha approach and incorporates her own sense of playfulness and curiosity into each session.
When Elizabeth is off the mat, she can most likely be found in her kitchen crafting baked goodies, soaking up time with her sweetheart and friends, playing in aerial fabric, enjoying her home in Putney, or interpreting ASL-English throughout the community (her career of choice for the past 17 years).
How and why did you start yoga?
My earliest recollection of experiencing yoga in the fullest sense of the word is when I was in grade school. I would walk and frolic in the sugar bush just down the road from my house, The Sugar Woods. This was where I could breathe fully, embrace and be embraced by my surroundings, mimic the shapes of trees, bugs & rocks with my own body, and simply be me. I was able to tap into this from time to time as I grew and shifted with life, but it wasn’t until I experienced a yoga class about 17 years ago that I rekindled the connection with being in my body and with my surroundings the way I used to. I keep the spark alive by taking & teaching yoga classes, as well as exploring off-the-mat yoga practices.
What is your favorite pose and why?
Vrksasana (Tree Pose), because of the way it invites my body to experience the interplay of balance, duality in reaching for earth & sky simultaneously, and focus. It is also quite fun to embody a sapling swaying in the breeze.
What is the most rewarding part of being a yoga teacher?
Seeing the soft, contented smile that rests upon a student’s face after they have exhaled fully in any pose, especially in Savasana (resting). In that moment, all the doing has faded away and they are simply being. It is amazing and humbling to witness.
Why is yoga so important for the times we’re living in?
For me, yoga is a way to come back home to fill my heart with warmth & openness. From this fullness, I find I have a greater capacity to understand myself, witness my joys & hurts, and truly be present with whatever is up for me on any given day. The beauty is that when I am present and kind with myself, I can then be present and kind with others. Kindness is like glitter: It is easy to spread, evokes smiles, and pops up where you least expect it. We could all use a little of both now and again.
Take Class with Elizabeth:
All Levels on Thursdays, 7:30-8:45am