About

Liz Leuthner

Liz has been practicing and teaching yoga for ten years. She lives and works on Deer Isle, a bridged island off the coast of Downeast Maine.

She is drawn to the intelligence of Iyengar yoga, the powerful sense of freedom and responsibility, and the relative stillness of the mind that develops with practice.

Her classes are equal parts steadiness and lightheartedness. Liz founded Nama Yoga on the philosophy that when we let go of old ideas, try something new, and have some fun, anything is possible.

Iyengar Yoga + Yoga Therapy

Liz is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT). The Iyengar method emphasizes dedicated practice as a path to personal transformation. As a practitioner, Liz’s 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. 

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Iyengar yoga teaches 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.)

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Liz is also certified as a Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists. IAYT advances yoga therapy education, training, and research, and supports the professional development of its members. IAYT recognizes the rigorous training of Iyengar Yoga Teachers and our aligned efforts to make available the healing art and science of yoga to all people.

Teachers + Teaching

Liz studies and practices in Maine with her teachers and mentors CIYTs David Yearwood and Kim Peralta.

Recovery

Liz brings her study of yoga philosophy and personal experience with addiction recovery to workshops and lectures that emphasize a spiritual solution to modern maladies. She also holds Spiritual Director certification and leads contemplative practices with Silence and Heart. Contact Liz with questions about spiritual direction.

Among the places Liz has taught about the relationship between yoga and addiction are: State of Maine Alternative Sentencing Program, Connecticut Community for Addiction RecoveryMy Sister’s Keeper, Maine Alliance for Addiction RecoveryCrossroadsThe Plymouth House, and The Alcyon Center.