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About Liz

Liz has been practicing yoga for most of her life – as a six year old she was introduced to yoga and meditation by her sister who had just returned home from the Peace Corps. Flash forward to her 20’s, Liz enrolled in yoga classes at the San Francisco YMCA and she’s been practicing ever since. Students will find that Liz’s teaching style is grounded in alignment principles with an instructional style of vinyasa flow yoga that is accessible to all. Outside of teaching yoga and running Artemis Yoga, Liz has worked many years in marketing and holds a degree from Boston College, an MBA from UCLA and she especially enjoys camping and hiking with her two daughters and husband.

Cultivating your passion

 

Are you one of the lucky few – one of those who can say they have truly ‘found their passion’? Or better yet – is your passion also your profession?  Maybe even, your passion is also your purpose?

There are lots of words here that can be muddled and are often interchanged. In my experience, passion doesn’t have to be one single thing or any single purpose. In fact, that might even be a little boring! I have a passion for people and find purpose in being a good friend and co-worker. I have a passion for teaching and have turned that into a purposeful practice through my yoga studio.

Coming to this awareness, however, and realizing them was not immediate. For me, awakening my passions and finding my purposes was a path that started when, after many years of a successful career in marketing and sales, I was stopped in my tracks by a health scare.  Shortly thereafter, I experienced the death of a parent and a mentor, a sister.  For me, it took a jolt like this to take stock of where, how and why I was spending my time, talent and resources.  Every one of us will have similar “jolts” in our lives, it is inevitable, but how we react and how we adapt is often the source of inspiration.

In speaking with friends, clients and young professionals now, I offer three tips to help them cultivate their passions: Be Bold, Be Observant, and Be Here Now.

  • Be Bold: Leaving my job in technology product marketing, moving across the country, and opening a yoga studio were huge transitions for me, but I felt real desire to be an independent, business owner. It was time to ‘go for it’ and step outside my comfort zone and yet that applied many of the skills I had cultivated in my career.
  • Be Observant: Our values reflect who we are on a daily basis and come through in everything we do at home and at work. I examined my passions and values, and asked myself questions such as: What do I […]
By | 2017-04-16T21:11:07+00:00 February 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mindful Parenting – Stop, look and listen

If you are interested in the next Mindful Parenting Series at Artemis Yoga led by parenting coach and educator, Amy Behrens – please download this flyer – MindfulParentingSeriesFeb2017 or click here to register for 4-class series which starts on February 15th.  This popular program sold out last fall.

Mindful parenting is a hot topic right now, reporters are writing about it, we are hosting workshops on it, parent magazines are highlighting it. There is a lot of information from which to glean ideas, and I am sometimes not sure where to start. So I dig down to the basics, down to the core of it all, my kids.

Mindful parenting centers on compassion, kindness and consideration. I tend to be at my best when I am able to slow down the moments I’m with my kids. I focus on living the memory, not just capturing it for Facebook or posterity. Whether we are playing a game, baking cookies or just driving to and fro, being totally present and curious about my kids helps me to connect with them. It’s as simple as the instructions to cross a street: stop, look and listen. When I add in “and breathe,” I find my own stress level melting away.

Those are the happy moments in our days and perhaps the easier ones to dive into. But what about the not-so-happy moments? The times when the stress and stimulation overwhelms us all? Those are the times when tensions run high, emotions are sensitive, and we all tend to break down. As an adult, hopefully by now, I can manage it: measuring my feelings, taking a deep breath and focusing on the positive help me to maintain a sense of composure and calm. This type of self-care helps me to be sure that I am fully there for my family and friends and not simply caught in the vortex of the season.

Source: Mindful Parenting Workshop by Amy Behrens Parent Coaching, Artemis […]

By | 2017-04-16T21:11:07+00:00 January 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Rush the holidays? Live in the moment instead.

Doesn’t it feel like time passes so quickly between Thanksgiving and the new year? Bustling days and weekends filled with (sometimes awkward) gatherings, shopping, baking, socializing and eating are so fun – yet also so busy. It is easy to lose sight of the season’s joy and the wonderful opportunity to connect with and do good for others when we are moving so quickly. You might pause to ask, “who is setting this pace? How can I carve out some single moments for self-care so that I may have the energy and mindset to keep up?”

Rushing the holidays, live in the moment insteadRushing through the season at a faster-than-feels-good pace brings stress and also means that we miss the present moment. For me, an intense focus on the destination of the holiday glosses over the daily joy along the way and the opportunity to reflect on the importance of the season. So before you start working on that lengthy seasonal to-do list, why not try some simple ideas that might help you to slow down the pace for yourself and impart a more mindful approach to the days ahead.

Maintain your routine: keep your regular workout schedule. Though sticking to routine can be difficult even when life is going well, prioritizing this during the holiday season will help you gain energy and promote mental health and positive thinking.

Go for a walk: take a 10-minute break from baking, decorating or cleaning indoors. Put on your coat and walk around the block, focusing on nature instead of your phone. That breath of fresh air will recharge you.

Take time to be with a friend or visiting relative: enjoy even small opportunities to connect with the people close to your heart.

Just breathe: one of the best ways to calm your body and mind anytime is to find 5 minutes to sit quietly. While you are in the office, or when you finally find a space in the mall parking lot, give yourself a simple timeout. Count your exhalations and notice the calm overtake your body. Focusing your breath is a well-known way […]

By | 2017-04-16T21:11:07+00:00 December 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ready for a calm transition to winter

I am excited to introduce a new column, Off the Mat, in the Belmont-Citizen Herald.  Here is our first column, please let me know what you think!  The original link is here:

http://belmont.wickedlocal.com/news/20161110/strongready-for-calm-transition-to-winterstrong

It doesn’t seem long ago that we were having picnics at the beach and enjoying the slower pace of summer. As the leaves move through their brilliant passage into the New England winter, I am reminded that the fall season, nearly over now, is a time of transition. New schools and routines for our children; new benchmarks and goals in our workplaces – we tend to re-center our lives and hunker down for the coming months.

Our minds may be racing as we adjust our thinking, but our bodies also bear the burden. Moving furniture for college students, taking in patio tables, raking leaves – we may not be prepared for these new motions. Times of transience can also result in changes in workout routines: from running on trails to treadmills, from casual pick-up

Is your mindset and your body ready for this? Is your mindset and your body ready for this?

games to soccer tournaments. As we move the snow shovels to the front of the garage and replace the screens for the storm windows, it’s time to think about strengthening our muscles and preparing our bodies for the changing season.

People often ask me, “What is the best way to keep myself and my children in good physical shape in order to avoid injuries?” Whether they are speaking about sports injuries on the playing field or strained backs from yard work, my answer is the same: strength, balance, and flexibility are key to maintaining physical and mental health. Incorporating a regular yoga or strength-building practice addresses these areas of concern for lay people and athletes alike.

Around here with our large community of avid runners, rowers and cyclists, I see people of all ages and abilities, not just athletes, interested in adding yoga to their fitness regime. There is a definite trend […]

By | 2017-04-16T21:11:07+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How Yoga Prepares Athletes for Sports and Training

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As a former ski racer who has remained physically active through a range of outdoor sports, I wanted the athlete’s perspective to be a core component of Artemis Yoga’s DNA when we opened our yoga center last December.

Many of Artemis Yoga’s students are working professionals in a range of fields who are either former high school or college athletes. Other students have discovered a passion for triathlons, road racing, trail running, rowing, cycling or swimming in their 20’s, 30’s or 40’s.

In addition, our students are seeking work-life balance, focus and mindfulness in a professional world that has stretched “working hours” into the evening and weekends. As a former software product marketing professional in Silicon Valley and Boston, I know first-hand the stresses that arise when one seeks to balance a high-performance work environment, family, friends and a commitment to physical fitness. Runfellow Run Club Runfellow Run Club @Artemis

We have developed a curriculum and a specific set of classes for people like you. You work hard in a range of professional roles, value work-life balance and want to gain the benefits of cross-training, focus and mindfulness that can be achieved through the practice of yoga. We make it easy for you to get started by keeping our yoga center and classes welcoming and low-ego for those who are new to yoga as well as for those who are more experienced in their yoga practice.

I am proud of our experienced and friendly yoga instructor team, which includes former college varsity soccer, basketball, track and volleyball athletes as well as current college varsity coaches. Several of our instructors are also active runners, swimmers, cyclists, soccer players and skiers.

Over the past year, Artemis Yoga has had the opportunity to develop its expertise in yoga as a complement to training for younger athletes through our yoga series with Boston College varsity women’s soccer coach Alison Foley, aptly named Soccer on the Mat™.  We have also provided a customized series of off-season yoga classes to […]

By | 2017-04-16T21:11:07+00:00 November 11th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Introducing Iyengar Yoga at Artemis

I am very excited to be introducing Iyengar yoga classes here at Artemis Yoga. You may not have even known it but Iyengar yoga already has been seen here with the ever present props and the rope wall which stem from the tradition. While many of the teachers here study regularly with senior master Iyengar teachers in the Boston area, I am thrilled to welcome two Certified Iyengar teachers, Mary Wixted and Rahel Wasserfall to our roster of instructors. To help explain a bit about the style, I put together this FAQ and if you have other questions, drop me a line (liz@artemisyoga.com) or stop by the studio.  

What is Iyengar Yoga?

Iyengar yoga is a widely practiced form of yoga based on the teachings of B.K.S Iyengar. B.K.S Iyengar is credited with bringing yoga to the West and is considered a pioneer of yoga. After practicing for nearly 80 years starting as a young teen recovering from illness, he developed a method that brings acute attention to both the postures and the breath work and ultimately to one’s own body. Prior to his death in 2014 at the age of 95, I was fortunate to see him speak in Boston during his 2005 Light on Life book tour, which is a wonderful read that I often reference in class, and it was most inspiring to listen firsthand to how yoga influenced his life. An earlier book, Light on Yoga, published in 1966, is often considered a classic for learning modern yoga poses and breathing techniques.

How would you describe Iyengar yoga?

This method teaches classical yoga poses with a deliberate emphasis on alignment and awareness of the student to his or her own body. I would say a hallmark is the ability to make each pose accessible to each student through the use of props and for students to have a curiosity about their own bodies.  Additionally Iyengar Certified Teachers must complete a rigorous tiered certification and assessment program to earn the credential.  We are fortunate at Artemis […]

By | 2017-04-16T21:11:08+00:00 September 11th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The 3 P’s of Yoga

A student asked me to post the occasional readings that I share in class.  A recent theme in class involved 3 p’s – practice, patience, persistence….but not perfection.  There is a concept in yoga that one practices earnestly and with effort and yet is not “attached” to the result.  

Boston Marathon So proud of my cousin Deirdre who ran the Boston Marathon!

Do you think the marathoners from this week’s Boston Marathon were attached to getting their very best time? Perhaps, but mostly the runners I know, were so excited to put their miles of training forth in one of the most exciting athletic events of the year. They were patient while waiting in the corrals of Hopkinton for the starting gun to fire. They were persistent in trying to beat the headwinds across Route 128 and certainly practice helped all to ascend the hills of Newton. The runners I saw on Monday were thrilled to be a part of this wonderful community-rousing and inspiring event that we call the Boston Marathon; this was the perfection sought that day.  

Willingness to Do 

It takes something bigger than ourselves to participate in such an event with the fundraising goals and familial support needed to go off on long training runs.  Some might call it willpower even and as I read in class from BKS Iyengar’s book, Light on Life, he offers this insight “When the gardener plants an apple seed, does he expect the apples to appear at once? Of course not. The gardener waters the seed, watches each day and feels happy seeing the growth. Treat the body in the same way. We water our asana and pranayama practice with love and joy seeing the small progress. While we know what the goal is, we do not focus on enlightenment. We know that when our practice is ripe, illumination comes. Patience allied with disciplined practices brings the required willpower…..Willpower is nothing but […]

By | 2017-04-16T21:11:08+00:00 April 23rd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Do I need a trail map for yoga classes? Hmm.

Even though winter’s ski days may be over, many people — from avid skiers to observers most comfortable cozying up with a hot chocolate in a lodge — are familiar with the grading of ski slopes on a trail map: green circles, blue squares, and black diamonds. While black diamonds designate trails for expert skiers and green circles signal safety for beginners, it’s not uncommon for even the most advanced skiers to cruise along a green circle now and then. And an intermediate blue square might be the perfect grade for those attempting to brush up on basics or for those looking to get familiar with steeper trails. There is much to be said — regardless of level or ability — for taking in the landscape of the mountain along a winding cat track trail or exploring the backcountry or glades.skitrailsigns

In terms of grading and levels of ability, yoga is actually very similar to skiing. At Artemis Yoga, we offer levels of instruction so that you can notice and learn different aspects of the practice at several levels: Basics, Level 1, Level 1/2, Level 2, and Restorative. Many people have questions about which of the class levels might be the best fit for them.

Level 2
Some come to the studio with years of practice to guide them, and many of these yogis will search first for the classes with a faster pace. At Artemis Yoga, Level 2 provides the quickest pace and challenging poses. But for the advanced practice, throwing a Basics class into the mix once in while might help re-center your focus for how your body should be feeling in certain foundational poses. (The best skiers know that at a certain level, going back to the basics is the best way to move forward in your practice and prepare for those black diamonds.) Or maybe you have an advanced practice, but on some days your body prefers a slower pace. For these days, too, a Basic flow or Restorative class can prove to be the right fit at the right time. Even […]

By | 2017-04-16T21:11:08+00:00 March 30th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Welcome to Artemis Yoga in Watertown

artemis-yoga-wall-signI am excited to introduce Artemis Yoga to Watertown and the neighboring communities. When I was introduced to yoga and meditation at age six by my older sister, who had just returned home from the Peace Corps in Honduras, I never would have imagined that decades later, I would become the founder of a yoga studio!  But like all of us, life is a journey.

My own journey found me practicing yoga in my 20’s at a San Francisco YMCA and led me back East to a church hall in Newton with the well-known Iyengar teacher Peentz Dubble. I then completed 500 hours of vinyasa – alignment based yoga training with Natasha Rizopoulos. For me, yoga went hand in hand with my work in high tech product marketing, both an escape and a mindset that kept me calm under an intense professional pace. More recently, yoga help me maintain mental serenity and strength during a challenging period with health issues and the personal loss of loved ones.

It is from this place of personal challenge, resilience, continued hope and joy that the vision for Artemis Yoga began.

A symbol of graceful strength and resilience, Artemis also means safe, sound and vigorous, all qualities which most of us seek in our lives. As a yoga studio, Artemis hopes to build a local community that will help students build their own strength and resilience to injury while also being a space where you can feel refreshed, calm and ready for the challenges we all face day to day.  All the while, there will be opportunities to laugh at ourselves while we enjoy this moving meditation.

I have sought advice and feedback from a lot of students and teachers in the course of building on my vision. Our classes are held at a comfortable temperature in two studio rooms in our building, and I have worked with my teachers to create clear class descriptions so that you don’t find yourself in an unexpected class setting.  I hope with our different levels—Basic, Level 1, Level 2 and Restorative—that you can find the class that is right […]

By | 2017-04-16T21:11:08+00:00 December 3rd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments