Liz Leuthner is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT). The Iyengar system emphasizes precise alignment and develops inner awareness through physical posture (asana) and breath control (pranayama). The method is rooted in the ancient ashtanga (eight-limbed) philosophy of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, a set of aphorisms that frame a way of being in the world that is practical, experiential, devotional and personal. Only the world’s most knowledgeable, rigorously trained teachers earn Iyengar Yoga Certification. Read more about BKS Iyengar and Iyengar yoga here.
I am certified as a Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists. IAYT is committed to advancing yoga therapy education, training, and research, and the professional development of its members. IAYT recognizes the rigorous training of Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers (CIYT) and our aligned efforts to bring – safely! – the healing art and science of yoga to all people.
Liz founded Nama Yoga on the philosophy that anything is possible when there is an honest willingness to let go of old ideas and try something new. She teaches Iyengar Yoga, a method which makes possible transformational experiences through devoted practice. Her own experience is that the spiritual practice of yoga helps purify the body and release the mind, opening the heart to a new sense of freedom and responsibility. Nama Yoga classes provide the opportunity for transformational experiences and creation of personal practices ~ with some fun along the way.
Liz studies and practices in Maine with CIYTs David Yearwood and Kim Peralta. Before being certified in the rigorous Iyengar system, she earned 200-hour yoga teacher certification (RYT-200). Thank you, especially to these early teachers: Denise Porter-Kemp, Jessica Kaniuka, Kathleen Savoy, and Tom Gillette. Liz is also deeply influenced by the Bhakti (or “devotional”) path of love and service, offering seva (“service,” aka “free”) yoga and heart meditation weekly (Wednesdays at 5 pm) at HopeGateway. She lectures and teaches on the relationship between yoga and addiction recovery at retreats and workshops around New England, including State of Maine Alternative Sentencing Program, Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery, My Sister’s Keeper, Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery, Portland Recovery Community Center, Crossroads/Back Cove, The Plymouth House, and The Alcyon Center.
Please contact Liz with any questions and to arrange for a practice tailored to your individual or group needs and interests.