Elizabeth has been leading healing groups based on holistic wellness since 2009. She initially focused on mental health, but witnessing the need to incorporate the whole person - body, mind, and spirit - as well as community and social influences, she began to widen her scope. This exploratory process led her to deepen her studies of yoga, which she had been dabbling in since 2006, to balance the often depleting public mental health work.
As her relationship to yoga expanded, Elizabeth began to bring what had been a very personal practice to clients, both groups and individuals. She saw the systems of yoga as perfect tools to address strengths and needs, to support those seeking understanding, integration, and healing. Our bodies and our spirits are resilient, naturally working towards healing, and through yoga it is possible to live with purpose, balance, and self-direction.
Elizabeth began teaching yoga in 2013 and completed her yoga therapy training in 2014 at Purusha Yoga School. She has shared yoga therapy with individuals of diverse backgrounds in residential treatment programs, through case management services, in substance abuse programs, in mental health outpatient clinics, with youth alternatives programs, and in medical clinics, including Swords to Plowshares, Women’s Resource Center, Berkeley Youth Alternatives, REALM Charter School, Mission Mental Health, LifeLong Medical Care, Berkeley High Mountain Bike Team, and Bonita House.