My goal as a yoga instructor and meditation guide is to safely lead individuals through accessible practices that will allow students to release tension, find balance, build strength, and promote peace of mind through the linking of mindful movement and breath.
For the past decade I've turned to yoga and meditation as methods of self-care, to calm and strengthen myself while juggling single motherhood and a hectic career in media. After nearly 8 years of consistent practice, I decided to pursue yoga teacher training so that I could share the benefits of yoga with others. I completed my 300+ hour Teacher Training at Yoga Therapy Toronto with Ante & Felicia Pavlovic, under the Sri T. Krishnamacharya lineage, and mindfulness training with Dr. Shailla Vaidya. I teach from a trauma informed perspective and continue to learn more from my peers and mentors each day. I am currently immersed in a 1000+ hour Yoga Therapist Training program pursuing my qualifications to become an IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist.
I am deeply passionate about promoting more diversity in the wellness community and creating inclusive spaces for all experience levels and body types. Through personal experience I have been motivated to further develop the accessibility and knowledge of yoga and meditation in underrepresented communities, and to share yoga and meditation with those who have experienced depression, anxiety, burnout and stress. I look forward to sharing what has brought peace and joy into my life and guiding your practice.
"When you touch one thing with deep awareness,
you touch everything."
- Lao Tzu
Yoga Therapy Training (C-IAYT) | with Yoga Therapy Toronto (1000+ hours 2018-2021)
Yoga Teacher Training (CYT) | with Felicia and Ante Pavlovic, 300+ hours, Yoga Therapy Toronto
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) | with Dr. Shailla Vaidya, MD MPH CCFP(EM) C-IAYT
Yoga for Stress Resilience | with Dr. Shailla Vaidya, MD MPH CCFP(EM) C-IAYT
Bachelor of Arts, Honours | University of Toronto
CPR/AED Level C | Canadian Red Cross Certified
In April 2018 I was named a recipient of the Accessible Yoga Scholarship Award for the 2018 Accessible Yoga Conference; made possible by the generous support of the Yoga Alliance Foundation. Training and workshops I participated in included:
Your Brain on Pain: Bridging Science and Yoga for Pain Management | workshop with Shelly Prosko, PT, PYT, CPI, C-IAYT; Accessible Yoga Conference; Toronto 2018
PTSD Yoga | workshop with Tiffany Rose, owner, LacOMbe Yoga; Accessible Yoga Conference; Toronto 2018
Yoga For All: Connecting with Underserved Communities | workshop with Dianne Bondy; Accessible Yoga Conference; Toronto 2018
Pranayama - Teach Effective, Inclusive Breath Work For All Students | workshop with Linda Varnam C-IAYT; Accessible Yoga Conference; Toronto 2018
Chair Yoga | workshop with Tracey Eccleston, IAYT, E-RYT 500, IPT; Accessible Yoga Conference; Toronto 2018
HATHA & VINYASA
Traditional sequenced classes with asana (posture) and pranayama (the regulation of breath). Available for private in-home sessions, yoga studios, community spaces and corporate classes.
Enjoy a guided meditation practice beginning with gentle movement and breathwork to connect the mind and body in preparation for meditation.
YOGA FOR SPECIAL NEEDS
Trained in the lineage of Sri T. Krishnamacharya and T.K.V. Desikachar, I can customize classes with the support of my mentors to safely guide individuals with various physical and mental abilities.
SENIORS & YOUTH
I create gentle practices for seniors and modify based on needs or conditions. I teach children ages 6 and older and incorporate crafts and engaging yoga themed games.
“Liz is a skilled, perceptive and empathetic teacher. Her passion for yoga and helping others shines through in her teaching. Her soothing voice leaves you feeling calm and rejuvenated after every class.” - Cathy M.
"Liz consistently demonstrates empathy and patience towards her students during class. She designs and delivers each class differently to fit her students physical and emotional needs. The meditative music and all tools used within each session allows students to achieve and manifest the fullness of each movement with success. Liz’s yoga classes are highly recommended to anyone or group interested in yoga. She has the gift of teaching yoga." - Josie L.
“Practicing with Liz is a wonderful experience. She has a calm and peaceful energy that helps focus our attention. She truly cares about the well-being of her students.” - Amoye H.
“After suffering from various sports injuries, I finally practiced yoga with Liz and I felt the benefits immediately. Her knowledgeable approach makes you feel safe and comfortable at any level.” - Quincy T.
GET IN TOUCH
lizcwellness @ gmail . com
416 - 994 - 7431