Eliza was introduced to Iyengar Yoga in 2002 while completing her academic degree at Carnegie Mellon University. Grateful for the relief from chronic back pain, Eliza grew to appreciate the insight yoga offers into the connections between physical, mental, and emotional patterns and its value as a tool for developing the mind.
After studying Iyengar Yoga with Senior teacher Mary Dunn in New York City for seven years, in 2008, Eliza made her first trip to India and studied with the Iyengar family in Pune with a particular focus on the women's classes with Geeta Iyengar. She also made numerous retreats at Yog-Ganga under the guidance of Swati and Rajiv Chanchani, both of whom she still regularly studies with. During these years in India, Eliza also undertook Buddhist study courses, completed meditation retreats, and continues these practices, as an integrated part of her daily life. She is a Level 2 Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor and Meditation Guide, who has been practicing for 18 years and teaching for a decade.
Eliza simply loves teaching! It is a joy to witness students accessing their embodiment in new dimensions to facilitate the ability to change, let go, and transform. The art of teaching is communicating with everybody present, to bring them into an asana or moment, with complete involvement of body, mind and breath, creating awareness that allows one to eventually study the mind.
Eliza guides yearly worldwide retreats, has a podcast "Beyond Bones, Kitchen Table Conversations with a Doctor and her Yoga Teacher," hosts virtual seminars about practices of embodiment from her home base on San Juan Island, and is invested in continually learning along these paths of transformation.
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Creative Writing
New College, Oxford University, Oxford, UK
Bachelor Minor in Philosophy
Columbia University, New York City, NY
Graduate Studies in Poetry
Iyengar Institute, Maida Vale, London, UK
Iyengar Yoga Level 2 Certification