Liz Chesla

Who I am: Wordsmithing, homeschooling, yoga-loving perpetual student and eternal optimist.

What I teach: Slow flow vinyasa, yin/yang, yin, prenatal, chair yoga, partner yoga, yoga for depression and anxiety, and trauma-sensitive yoga.

My current classes and workshops include: Slowga, Partner Yoga, and Joint Freeing Yoga, Yoga for Hypermobile Joints, Introduction to Ayurveda, YogaPuncture, Yin Yoga Meridian series, and private instruction in yoga for anxiety, depression, and recovery from trauma. I am also an assistant teacher in Anahata’s Yoga Teacher Training program.

My weekly class schedule at Anahata is: Mondays 9:30-10:45am Slowga 

Why I teach: Because whatever shape you’re in physically, emotionally, and spiritually, yoga has the power to gently transform you, both on and off the mat. When I started practicing 14 years ago, I had no idea how deeply I would be healed and how much I would grow through my practice. The more time I spent on the mat, the more empowered I became to accept myself and to live authentically. With a monkey mind that loves to dwell in the future and the past, yoga is a gift that keeps pulling me back to the present so I can find peace, joy, and contentment. I want to share that gift with as many people as possible.

My classes are: Slow and steady, with creative flows, attention to breath and alignment, and a sprinkling of yoga mythology, philosophy, and Ayurvedic wisdom. You might be challenged, but always mindfully and compassionately, honoring your body so you can explore your edge safely and practice with confidence.

What brought me to yoga: I’d started acupuncture and massage therapy to address stress-related health issues and anxiety. Then someone suggested yoga, and suddenly I was connecting with my breath, getting out of my head and into my body, releasing tension and stuck energy, and slowly “learning to surf.”

Favorite pose (and why): Yin-style Butterfly, because it completely grounds me when I need to be grounded (which is a lot!) and releases my neck, lower back, and hips. I also love Legs Up the Wall: totally restorative and always good for a shift in perspective.

Off the mat, I: Read, write, make lists, drink tea, and savor moments of quiet and time with my family.

Inspiration: “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” – Jon Kabat Zinn

“Happiness, not in another place, but this place; not for another hour, but this hour.” – Walt Whitman

Certifications, Trainings & Degrees:

~200-hour CYT, Dragonfly Yoga Studio, 2010

~Embodied Psychology for Yogis (with Livia Cohen-Shapiro), 2015

~ Yin Yoga Certification (with Sally Miller), 2014

~ Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Certification, Kripalu (with David Emerson & Bessel Van der Kolk), 2013

~ Level I Reiki Certification (with Kathy Tooley), 2012

~ Anusara Prenatal Yoga Training, DIG Yoga (with Sue Elkind), 2011

~MA, English & Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 1991

~ BA, English & Spanish, Dickinson College, 1990