(Elizabeth left her body on November 10, 2012. She is dearly missed by the Jivamukti community.)
I love welcoming folks into Hatha Yoga practice. Lifting someone into Wheel Pose for the first time and seeing that look of wonder is a great thrill.
As a kid I lived to play outdoors with my sisters and next door neighbors. Our home was on the North Shore of Long Island, beautiful and lush. We spent hours outside, running into the woods to act out all kinds of stories. My favorite thing in the world was to be a wild animal. Without fail I was captured and held prisoner. Without fail, would break free. Later this passion for role playing and storytelling turned into acting, directing and producing theater and film. Maybe this “setting free” story that I found so compelling was an early flirtation with the practice of liberation—Yoga.
I took my first Jivamukti class in 1993, and found in it the perfect marriage of rigorous Hatha Yoga practice and Self-inquiry. Moved to teach after almost twenty-years of study, I graduated from the 300-hour Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training in May of 2005, completed the 800-hour Jivamukti Apprenticeship Program in 2006, and, in 2010, was awarded Advanced Certification by Jivamukti Yoga co-founders Sharon Gannon and David Life.
I continue to find deep inspiration in Jivamukti Yoga’s mission of non-harming. My gratitude towards my teachers is boundless. Likewise I bow to my students, who are also my teachers, and to serve each one of them.