I started my Yoga practice at the University of Toronto, where I studied dramatic arts. As part of my Movement curriculum for Acting, students were required to practice Yoga. At first, I was resentful and I didn't understand; what did Yoga have to do with theatre? As it turns out, everything. Being present on stage, allowing emotions and reactions to be natural and authentically expressed, being in your body and not in your mind--all of these acting principals and more are shared in the Yoga practice. What was revealed to me as I continued my practice was that I had little understanding of my body and breath, and it was incredibly vulnerable for me to be in my body. Yoga quickly became the secret to my ability to express myself fully on stage, and eventually would lead me back to my true, authentic self.
I never could get into yoga, I tried it many times but I found it to be more frustrating than helpful. Liz not only helped me to get past these issues, she helped me to view the practice of yoga in a totally different manner than I had. She is attentive to each one of her students and their level of practice, guiding you through the poses with fluid description, and teaching proper form of the body so I was able to learn and practice poses in a way I was never taught before, which was a real game changer. She comes to class with an open heart and mind and paces the class appropriate to the level of her students. She is supportive if you are just starting out, or if you feel like challenging yourself. Liz has taught me an understanding of the body I never had before and now use everyday. I would absolutely recommend practicing with her, she is an amazing teacher! - Eva C.
My first class back after giving birth for the second time was with Liz. She met me where I was at which completely baffled me since I didn't even know. She continued to do this time and time again with an open heart. - Megan S.
Liz taught me throughout my first pregnancy, and a few classes postpartum. I was then lucky enough to attend a class of hers during my second pregnancy. At every stage, she was extremely thoughtful in the way she guided her classes, and very attentive to the specific needs and challenges of pregnancy and postpartum, always ensuring her students were safe and supported. Liz brings a gentle energy and presence that is comforting and calming, while simultaneously motivating to push your practice a little deeper. It’s been awhile since I’ve had her as a teacher, but she sticks out in my mind as one of the good ones. She is genuine and you can tell she truly cares about what she does. - Caitlin B.
Liz offers spectacular guidance to get me into my body and focusing on the dynamics of my breath. She offers lots of modifications, options to chill or options to strengthen. She really encourages vocalization in her classes, which I normally don’t do and am not comfortable with, but I take part in (at first begrudgingly and then with abandon) when I practice with Liz. - Martha B.
Liz is such a warm, welcoming, and fun instructor. She has immense joy for what the human body is capable of, and will work with you and your body to build an energizing, invigorating, and restorative practice that fits your needs and goals. I’ve been taught by Liz many times and I never once felt judged or pushed too far, and I always felt safe—both emotionally and physically. Because she is so passionate about the physics of the human body, her practice is grounded in a strong understanding of how to safely align the body in each pose which not only gave me confidence that I was doing the right thing, but it allowed me to explore the emotional/spiritual aspect of the practice as well, and observe what was happening inside my body. With Liz, I have found myself willing to try new poses that I have been hesitant to try with others, and a big part of that comes from the feeling that she always had my back. - Margaret H.