I’m Lizzie and when I first did yoga I hated it.
At the first class I went to, I was the biggest person there by an absolute mile, and even though it was a beginner’s class everyone could touch their toes and I got nowhere near. The teacher didn’t know what to do with me or how to make the postures work. It made me feel out of place and uncomfortable in my own skin.
That feeling is what drove me to become a yoga teacher. I sought out a training course that focussed on making yoga for everyone, and for adapting the postures to suit all bodies. I trained with Yoga Quota in Oxford for both my initial 200 hour certification and my 85 hour pregnancy and postnatal specialist training, because of their evidence-based, non-judgmental approach.
Yoga helped me make friends with my body at so many stages in my life: through the difficult 20s, through body image challenges, through an unexpected miscarriage and the healing after that, through my second pregnancy with my son Ray and now to being the strongest physically that I’ve ever been.
Other things I do
I’m a qualified postnatal doula which means that I work to support parents as they transition into life with a new baby. Obviously Covid has affected how much I can do this in person at the moment, but I’m using my experience and training to support the people that I work with in so many different ways. Postnatal care, fostering relationship between parents and babies and navigating the crazy world with a small person in tow is my passion, and my approach to pregnancy and postnatal yoga classes puts compassion, choice and inclusivity at the heart of everything I teach.
Alongside my yoga offerings, I’ve recently qualified to be a Turtle Tots baby and toddler swimming teacher, which brings together many of the things that make me smile: small people, movement, and being in the water. If you’d like to come to one of my classes you can book them on their site.
What you’ll get from my classes
- A practice that works for you. I’ll never suggest that a pose needs to look in a certain way. I’ll encourage you to explore how a pose feels in your body, and work within your body’s range of movement. I use lots and lots of props so feel free to bring along your favourite cushion or block or whatever you like to use as well.
- Absolutely zero diet culture. It’s toxic and doesn’t belong in a yoga studio. My job as a yoga teacher is to help you towards acceptance, or celebration if that feels right, of the body you have. Your body is absolutely excellent as it is right now. I am a Health at Every Size practitioner (more about HAES here) and I’m actively engaged in working to break down stigma in the wellness industry.
- Teaching based on evidence, safety and compassion. I will always seek to explain instructions rather than touching, and I will always ask for consent before adjusting or assisting you.
- But also – fun! Yoga and movement practices for me are a chance to explore my body and connect with myself, but also do fun new postures and fall over. I’m also a fan of practicing to bassy music (100% garage girl).
My qualifications and courses
- 200 hour yoga teacher training (initial qualification): Yoga Quota (now Nourish Yoga training)
- 85 hours pregnancy and postnatal yoga teacher training: Yoga Quota (now Nourish Yoga training)
- 30 hours pregnancy and postpartum corrective exercise specialist certificate: Dr Sarah Duvall
- Yin yoga: the functional approach: Paul Grilley
- Teaching yoga to toddlers and pre-schoolers: Amy Jones yoga
- Safety award for teachers, Baby and pre school swimming teacher: STA
- Aquatic teacher training: Turtle Tots
- Postnatal doula training: Younique postnatal