Diane Murphy began her yoga practice in 2000 when she tried a home video because she had read that yoga was the “new” exercise trend. She was hooked. Not only did she !nd that the physical practice made her body feel amazing but she also noticed that it had an effect on her mind and spirit. She had a home practice for a number of years and studied all she could find about yoga. Her practice took on a much deeper level when she experienced multiple losses. She found that focusing on the 8 Limbs of Yoga helped her to stay strong, grounded and able to cope more. Since that she has trained with Amy Weintraub (author of Yoga for Depression and founder of Life Force Yoga) Diane uses asana, mantra, mudra and specific pranayama to help manage anxiety and depression.
As a mental health and substance abuse nurse with over twenty years of experience, Diane’s focus is on bringing the beautiful and deeply healing aspects of yoga to people of all ages and abilities.Her classes are filled with humor, love, playfulness, compassion, encouragement and are suited for all levels. She believes that no matter where a person is on their life’s journey, there are always new and precious opportunities for learning, healing and growth.
Eliza Pierce, Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist, 2000hrs+, strives to assist in the healing of people and their families. In 2012, Eliza became certified as an Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor through Kerala Ayurveda Academy based in California. In 2016, she became an Ayurvedic Practitioner. She recently expanded her private business into the form of a Yoga and Ayurveda studio, taking over a previous studio, Pine Point Yoga. Eliza teaches classes a variety of classes and workshops, as well as offers private sessions. Eliza is also passionate about sharing her knowledge about Relapse Prevention to recovering alcoholics, holding an Addiction Specialist Certificate. She is currently furthering her life-long education in Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda.
Eliza has been practicing many styles of yoga for over 20 years. She was formally trained Iyengar style, studying alignment of the Human Body and the Eight Limbs of Yoga. "The Eight Limbs", involve discovering your attitude towards others and the world around you, how you treat yourself or your attitude towards yourself.
Starting at the early age of two in gymnastics and swimming, Eliza began her youth with a strong sense of self discipline, body awareness, and was taught to remain calm in the face of challenge. As an avid runner during her teens, she naturally practiced meditation in motion. Her seven years at the University of Colorado at Boulder taught her about the subtleties and power of mental focus and clarity. This is where she began taking yoga classes in between her regular classes as well as rock climbing with the intention of being diverse in her learning experience in college and to stay relaxed and healthy during stressful times.
Upon graduating with a degree in Psychology and Art, Eliza began working with special needs children, and began a family of her own. After years of developing her personal practice, she discovered that daily stress, anxiety and depression could be alleviated by practicing yoga. It would “undo” everything from the day and "reset" her. Yoga proved its healing abilities for her and she saw the practice heal others as well.
Eliza brings many years of personal experience with yoga, and a lifetime of sports and dance into her teachings. Her teaching style is tailored to the students’ needs, incorporating a series of yoga postures intelligently sequenced and linked to the breath. She has learned that the practice of Yoga does not only deal with developing the body but also covers all the aspect of a person's life as stated in the Eight Limbs of Yoga. Practice of these eight principles leads to; deeper self-knowledge, love and respect towards other people and creatures, a cleaner environment, and a healthy diet. Eliza brings these principles to light in various classes for all levels from complete novices to experienced yogis.
Rebecca Laber-Smith, RYT-200
Hey All. I just came from the studio, so this is the perfect time to write about how much I love yoga. Long story short, it's saved me. I'm healthy and happy in large part due to my practice over the past decade. I trained through Sacred Seeds (Jacqui Bonwell) in 2012, so Vinyasa is definitely my comfort zone. That said, I love getting challenged as much as possible.
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