I recently became a Certified 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.

CIYT + C-IAYT, got it? 🙂

Recovering with Heart

Please join my friend Brenda McMorrow and me for a relaxing hour of restorative yoga, heart contemplation and sound. This free recovery event is open to all who are in recovery from addiction or who are allies of the recovery community and precedes Brenda’s public kirtan (tickets: $20 in advance @ brenda.bpt.me) in the same space. Please RSVP to liz@hopegateway.com to reserve your spot for “Recovering with Heart” (and get your tickets for the public kirtan, too!)


Kirtan w/ Brenda McMorrow: 10/6

Brenda McMorrow 2 2015An Evening of Sacred Song and Kirtan with Brenda McMorrow

7:30 pm
HopeGateWay/509 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME


Devotional chant artist Brenda McMorrow travels worldwide sharing her deep devotion to the celebration of our true beings through the joyous practice of Kirtan. She has accompanied Grammy Award winning cellist David Darling and Kirtan musicians such as Jai Uttal, Wah!, David Newman and Dave Stringer and has been invited to Bhakti Yoga Festivals and events across North and South America, Europe and Asia as part of her most recent touring schedule. When not on the Bhakti road, Brenda calls Toronto, Ontario home.

tickets: $20 advance/$25 door
get tickets: http://brenda.brownpapertickets.com
more about Brenda: www.brendamcmorrow.com

Summer 2017 Schedule Update

Portland Yoga StudioHello friends ~ here are some opportunities to practice with me this summer at Portland Yoga Studio! In addition to my regular schedule, I’m subbing these classes over the next month:

  • Monday, July 24: 9-10:30 am Gentle
  • Monday, July 24: 5:45-7:15 pm Level I
  • Thursday, July 27: 9-10:30 am Gentle
  • Sunday, July 30: 9-10:30 am All Levels
  • Monday, July 31: 9-10:30 am Gentle
  • Monday, July 31: 5:45-7:15 pm Level I
  • Saturday, August 12: 9-10:30 am All Levels
  • Wednesday, August 23: 6:30-8 pm All Levels


  • Tuesdays 8/29 & 9/5, 5pm @ YMCA ~ class on with substitute teacher!
  • Wednesdays, 5pm @ HopeGateWay ~ cancelled (resuming October 4)

Private classes are being covered by substitutes ~ thank you and see you in (mid) September!
>> complete schedule

Kirtan Soul Revival!

Mantra Music Concert with Kirtan Soul Revival
Friday, June 23 @ 7:30 PM
HopeGateWay / 509 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME

tix here: http://kirtansoulrevival.bpt.me

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KSR is bringing lots of funky love from NYC with new chants and a new CD. Come on out and celebrate summer with heart-opening chanting, funky beats, dancing, and sweet community!

Let’s nourish ourselves with music, connection & spirit – LOVE is so much more powerful than hate.

7:30pm • $15 in advance, $20 at the door | tix here: http://kirtansoulrevival.bpt.me

$1 from every cd and shirt we sell will be donated to the ACLU!

Kirtan Soul Revival (KSR) is NYC’s funkiest devotional mantra music experience. Since 2011 they have been fusing traditional Sanskrit mantras with original music to create a unique, dynamic sound that merges guitar-driven funk, rock, gospel, R&B, world grooves, and chants. Soul-stirring vocals and 3-part harmony add fullness and depth to their sound. Calia Marshall, Helen Styring Tocci & Todd Keller with drummer Terrence Pompey are all longtime yoga practitioners and musicians. They have created a singular sound in the growing genre of mantra music that brings the connecting power of harmony and a fusion of Eastern/Western sounds to a public craving more positivity, love and community in its music and life. KSR has led kirtans at many leading yoga centers including Integral, Jivamukti, and Kripalu. With many successful bi-coastal tours, they have played festivals such as BhaktiFest, Wanderlust, Philly Shakti Fest, Ahimsa and Berwick Yoga Festival. They have recorded with Krishna Das, The Hanumen, and Saul David Raye. The KSR experience invites participants to open their hearts to Spirit and to life!

Get all the info: www.kirtansoulrevival.com

Listening with Silence: Women’s Recovery Retreat

Please join me on beautiful Seal Cove!

Listening with Silence ~ Women’s Recovery Retreat: April 7-9, 2017
with Liz Leuthner
at The Alcyon Center, Seal Cove, ME

Fri 5 pm* – Sun 1 pm (2 nights; $100-$150 sliding scale – please ask! – to register, email: office@alcyoncenter.org)

“This is your chance to listen carefully.
Your whole life might depend on what you hear.”
~ Joyce Sutphen, from her poem “How to Listen

Take a break this weekend and let the Silence speak, as we practice contemplative listening – with each other and the natural world – and speaking from the Heart.

This is not a silent retreat, but rather time spent practicing together in community. We will engage with a series of contemplative exercises rooted in Robert and Cheryl Sardello’s decades-long soul work that invite us into deep listening as spiritual practice. You do not need to identify as being “in recovery” to attend – the weekend is open to all who yearn to cultivate an inner life so that we may be of service in the world.

12-step practictioners might consider the weekend’s work an extension of 11th-step practices of prayer and meditation. This is an opportunity to enlarge the spiritual life through deep soul work with Silence and Heart. You do not need to identify as being “in recovery” to attend ~ the weekend is open to all who yearn to cultivate an inner life and build capacity to be of service in the world. There will also be time for rest and/or exploration of Seal Cove’s natural beauty.

**Arrive when you can** ~ we will have a casual light dinner and begin the short evening program around 7 pm. Cost: two nights in double room, $100-150 (total). Sliding scale: please inquire. Details and registration: www.alcyoncenter.org. Questions? Email Liz.

Liz Leuthner works with the recovery community in Portland, Maine, to explore spiritual practices as the solution to addiction. She is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher who lectures and teaches on the relationship between yoga and recovery.

Tuesdays at PYS

pysNew Class starts Tuesday, September 20!

7-8:15 AM: All Levels Iyengar Yoga
Portland Yoga Studio
616 Congress Street, Portland

Drop-in: $15
New Student/1 Month Unlimited: $45
10 class pass: $130
20 class pass: $240

Go to PYS website for pricing details and full schedule.