Elizabeth found yoga in 2000, when she was seeking a new way to approach fitness and a path to calm her mind. She began her yoga teacher training in 2008 with Paul Barrera and received her certification in 2009 at Yoga Ananda through the guidance of her teacher Maria Merrill at Yoga Ananda. Elizabeth’s practice and teaching have been greatly influenced by her teachers Ann Hyde and Catherine Allen, who have taught her embodied presence in a visceral way.
Elizabeth has been fortunate to study with wonderful teachers from various traditions throughout the years, and her teaching has been heavily influenced by the Bhakti, Ashtanga and Forrest yoga systems. Elizabeth has received training in trauma-sensitive Yoga at the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute in Massachusetts. She has been fortunate to have taught in various studios such as Yoga Ananda, BIG Power Yoga, Equinox River Oaks in Houston, and Breathe Yoga Studio in Pittsburgh, PA.
Elizabeth is a licensed Psychotherapist. After working with trauma survivors in various inpatient and outpatient mental health settings such as the Children’s Assessment Center, The Council on Recovery, and the Menninger Clinic for almost two decades, she established her full-time psychotherapy private practice and founded THRIVE, a Trauma-Informed yoga program which offers yoga classes and consultation services for yoga teachers and clinicians. Elizabeth has offered classes, trainings and consultations on trauma-informed yoga in various settings such as nonprofit community mental health agencies, intensive outpatient treatment centers, and various yoga studios. Her primary intent in creating THRIVE is to help people establish a safe and trusting relationship with their bodies.