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Elizabeth Johnstone

Biography:
Elizabeth is a 500 hour Certified Baptiste teacher and 200 ERYT. Elizabeth is the founder of non-profit Recovery Yoga a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit service and support organization dedicated to healing and personal empowerment through yoga programs in southeastern Connecticut and southwestern Rhode Island. Recovery Yoga brings rehabilitative programs primarily to women and children recovering from substance, physical or other abuse, or who are at risk or otherwise in need and has expanded to supporting our veterans, military and their families with the trauma of war and its consequences. Recovery Yoga(wwwRecoveryyoga.org) provides programs free of charge for : (1). mothers recovering from abuse whose children need them to be healthy; (2). children and teens from unsafe environments who need coping skills; (3). incarcerated women to reduce stress, foster self-esteem and promote healing, for a better chance at successful reintegration; and (4). veterans, military and their families to help deal with the stress and trauma of war and its consequences .Elizabeth has received a Professional Yoga Therapist Certification from Master yoga therapist Aadil Palkhivala and is trained in Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans Coping with Trauma. Elizabeth enjoys sharing her passion for yoga with the community. She also enjoys helping athletes gain greater strength and flexibility through BPVY., The moving and dynamic flow and sequencing is fun and accessible to everyone. Elizabeth believes that the breath reminds us that the past is not now, and reminds us of our aliveness. I am so grateful to Baron Baptiste and his family for bringing yoga into my life and the lives of so many others. Elizabeth has attended workshops with The Anatomy of Yoga man himself Paul Grilley, Mukunda Stiles author of Structural Yoga Therapy, and meditation teacher Sally Kempton, formerly known as Swami Durgananda and the author of the Heart of Meditation. Elizabeth is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (I.A.Y.T.). Elizabeth is a graduate of Spirit Tree Yoga School with Director Cathy Cesario. Cathy is a Shamanic Practitioner at the Advanced Level and also holds a certifcate in Energy medicine. She has been a student of T.K.V. Desikachar, among others. The therapeutic aspect of this training is a compliment to Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga, and Cathy’s background with abuse and trauma is very helpful to the population served by Recovery Yoga. Elizabeth has completed Level One Thai Yoga bodywork training with Ed Cardinal.
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