I walked into my first led ashtanga class 20 years ago and was immediately hooked. Not only did I love the structure, therapeutic and physical qualities of the practice, but I was drawn to the meditative aspects as well. I quickly dedicated myself to a daily Mysore practice under the guidance of my first teacher, Dee Silvers. I wanted to learn as much as could about Ashtanga yoga and was fortunate enough to be able to apprentice with Dee. During my time with her, I also began to study with her teacher, Manju Jois, son of Pattabhi Jois. Soon after, I began teaching beginners and assisting in the Mysore room. Over the years, I came to love and appreciate how this practice could be modified to support the changes in my life, especially during and after my pregnancies. Since beginning my practice I have taken many workshops and attended retreats to deepen my practice and understanding of the 8 limbs of the Ashtanga method. I always consider myself a student of this practice and I am so grateful for my current teacher, Elizabeth Sitzler, with whom I continue to study. I take daily practice with certified/authorized KPJAYI teacher Jörgen Christiansson of Omkar 108 in Los Angeles, CA. I am also a certified Functional Range Conditioning mobility specialist (FRCms). When I’m not on my mat I am busy spending time with my husband and raising our three children.
I began practicing yoga as cross-training for ballet to release muscle tension and increase mental focus while at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (an internationally renowned ballet school). As a student of ballet I developed a sense of the intricate ways bodies move which has influenced my yoga practice and teaching. I eventually practiced yoga for itself and began to appreciate the spiritual aspects of it as well. While I originally shied away from Ashtanga, once I experienced the primary series, I loved that I was challenged to confront my weaknesses. I am passionate about the discipline involved in the Ashtanga practice and the process of progressing by studying the nuances of postures. I enjoy learning about different aspects of yoga and I look forward to growing into a well rounded practitioner. I began apprenticing Elizabeth Sitzler in the Mysore room in June 2018. I also received my 500hr teacher training certificate in June 2019. I am happy to be a member of the teaching team at Main Line Mysore and a part of our dedicated community.
Elizabeth has been practicing ashtanga yoga daily for ten years, but her yoga journey began very early in life through academic studies of yoga, Hinduism, and meditation.
Elizabeth is continuously inspired to return to her mat each day as a brand new person and leave each practice transformed. In the past decade her practice has morphed in many ways and supported her through many of life’s joys and obstacles.
Elizabeth is passionate about sharing her love of yoga with other people. Her teaching is informed by a deep reverence for tradition, an appreciation for precise and safe alignment, and the firm belief that anyone can take practice. She is proud of the work that Patty Hicks, Lydia Hurley, and the students at Main Line Mysore have done and looks forward to serving the community as a teacher and student.
Elizabeth is a devout student of certified teacher, Jorgen Christiansson, of Omkar108 yoga in Los Angeles, CA. She has also had the good fortune to study with David Garrigues, Alex Auder, Megan Kirk, and Sharath Jois, among others. Each of these teachers have informed her practice and teaching in profound ways for which she is eternally grateful.