Jungle is a wild place comprised of unrefined elements.
Alchemy is the mysterious process of transforming something common into something precious.
Bhakti is a blissful connection to the infinite nature of reality based in love.
Vinyasa is the sacred dance of breath and movement.
Yoga is integration.
Jungle Alchemy Bhakti Vinyasa Yoga is an intention-based practice that incorporates fluid sequencing, the full exploration of asana, pranayama, mantra, ritual and meditation.
Emphasis is placed on loving and accepting your whole Self in the present moment while witnessing the unfolding of your own unique process. Equal value is placed on challenging yourself with a vigorous practice, and also moving slowly with therapeutic space for rest and relaxation. Music, laughter and fun are harmoniously combined with stillness, self-discipline and introspection.
The Jungle Alchemy approach will enhance awareness, flexibility, strength and balance while building a sense of inner peace, purpose, connection and confidence.
We are influenced by the lineage of Sri Krishnamacharya, Classical Tantra and the ageless Wisdom imparted by great sages and artists from cultures near and far. Jungle Alchemy Bhakti Vinyasa Yoga integrates time tested traditions with modern knowledge and insight designed to inspire you.
An excerpt from an interview with Liz for the Newport Mercury, June 2013:
“I call my style of yoga Bhakti Vinyasa. Vinyasa means “to place in a special way” or the simple, conscious action of moving and breathing. Bhakti is a blissful connection to the infinite nature of reality based in love. This practice is full body integration with an energy that is beyond time and space, too complex and mysterious to name or understand; it’s an offering to the essence of life itself. So that’s the intention behind the movements and I don’t really need to mention or explain it in class because people just feel it… they leave class smiling and feeling better, they heal their broken hearts and sore knees, their bodies become fit, flexible and strong, and the inevitable challenges we all face in life become a little more manageable…
“I’ve had so many rewarding moments as a yoga teacher…hmmmmmmmm.
I taught for a group called “The Wellness Community” for five years. This was a non-profit that offered yoga and meditation classes to cancer survivors and their caregivers. These were many of the most remarkable people I’ve ever met. Some of the women would come in looking like ghosts with no hair and dark circles under their eyes from chemo and everything else that comes with the cancer diagnosis, or completely depleted, exhausted and depressed from the relentless outpouring of love and fortitude required for taking care of a loved one and holding it all together. Six months later they were beautiful, radiant, strong and graceful with a different perspective on their own suffering. Participating in this process of transformation and healing was deeply profound and about as raw as life gets. They really were my teachers, and the rewarding part was the way we came together, week after week, with discipline and dedication to create a sacred space in our own bodies, for ourselves and for each other…
“The coolest place I’ve ever done yoga? Well, I have definitely done yoga in some cool places. Mountain tops, caves and ashrams in India, on the decks of fancy yachts in the south of France and Italy, a hidden garden in Santiago de Chile, a ghetto warehouse converted into a boxing gym in Florida, the best studios in LA and NYC, a studio made out of mud, straw and driftwood in rural Washington, rooftops, beaches and meadows here in Newport…but the coolest and my favorite place is at a yoga retreat in Costa Rica, The Sanctuary at Two Rivers. The yoga pagoda is kind of like an open air yoga tree house surrounded by lush jungle and tropical gardens, monkeys in the trees, humming birds and butterflies flying by…practicing yoga there is like a dream sequence, almost too beautiful to be real.
“My classes are a fusion of fluid movement, flexibility, core strengthening and balance where you can always expect to find rhythm and awareness, breath and calm, ritual and rock & roll, integration of body, mind, heart and spirit…
“One thing that makes my classes unique is my background in natural medicine. I have a very therapeutic approach to yoga and a pretty good understanding of how the human body works. I believe in moving mindfully and, as Krishnamacharya taught, morphing the yoga practice to fit one’s body rather than trying to fit into a yoga practice that may not be appropriate, that’s how people get injured. So in my classes, I mention a lot of the physiological stuff that is happening to teach people how to stay healthy, to listen to and take care of their bodies while pushing the edge of what they thought was physically possible.”