"I am passionate about yoga as a practice that is intensely personal to each individual. It helps us know our limits--and possibly shift them--while staying in integrity with our bodies, and without subjecting ourselves to pain. Above all, yoga teaches us how to be present for ourselves, and to develop internal stability in an ever changing world."
Liz started practicing yoga over ten years ago, because it seemed like the "right" thing to do. She struggled in her classes for years, feeling like she didn't belong and didn't have the right kind of body for yoga. After connecting with Forrest Yoga, she learned how to listen to her body and discover and develop its capabilities.
Liz came to teaching yoga after finishing her PhD in art history. She developed sciatica during the last few stages of writing her dissertation and decided to complete a yoga teacher training to heal her body from the long and painful hours of sitting at a desk and the emotional wounds of graduate school. She found an unexpected passion in teaching yoga and has devoted herself to sharing the practice that has done so much for her physical and mental health.
Liz Maynard instructs the following:
Forrest Community Yoga
This is a community practice-led hour, rather than an instructor-directed class. Sequenced poses in the Forrest Yoga style will be offered, but let your practice take shape of what feels best in your body that day!
This is a great way to start to build an independent, personal practice, while still taking nourishment from the collective spirit of a group.
Anatomy Exploration: Rectus Abdominis
Heighten sensation in and awareness of your rectus abdominis in this experiential anatomy workshop. Rectus abdominis is a crucial postural muscle, that is integral to deep, nourishing breathing, stabilizing internal organs, as well as supporting the low back.
Connect with the strength of your core and learn postures, pranayama (breath work), and movement that can help alleviate back pain and develop a stronger sense of personal power.
Free for Members
This workshop will be on the 3rd floor, in the Sunset Room.
Hatha yoga is in essence generic yoga. Think of Hatha as the big umbrella of yoga that covers the multiplicity of yoga styles that are practiced today. Hatha classes incorporate postures (asana) and breathing techniques (pranayama) and have a goal of bringing union to the opposite qualities of sun (Ha) and moon (tha).
This moderate level class welcomes all students who enjoy a little challenge and are looking for something a bit deeper than a Beginners class, but not as athletic as a Vigorous class.