OM Diaries with Liz Wilson

Tell us a bit about yourself... 
When did you start practicing yoga? What do you love most about it?
I started practicing in December 2007, during exams of my first semester in college. I tagged along to a free promo week at a new studio with a new college friend, and fell in love! I remember walking across campus back to my dorm talking to my mom and telling her how relaxed and “floaty” I felt. I was yoga high but didn’t know that yet. I loved the physical exertion and challenge (it was a Baptiste studio) but also loved the mental and emotional relaxing effects. And the arm balances, of course! 


What’s your favorite thing about teaching yoga?
I love seeing things “click” for people. It happens a lot when I teach arm balances and inversions in classes and workshops. We get to break poses down and try different variations. I love seeing when a student feels the elation at lifting feet off the ground and balancing all of his / her weight on two hands. 
I also love getting to observe my students practice. The same posture can look so different in each person’s body. Watching as a whole class moves through a flow together, with their chosen variations and anatomical differences, is awesome!


Where do you find your inspiration for your classes?
Everywhere! I derive energy from upbeat music, pick up flow ideas from other yoga classes (of my fellow FFY teachers like Jamie and Nicci, my teachers at my home studios FSYC and AYC, and Kathryn Budig and Tiffany Cruikshank), even get kick-butt moves from bootcamps! 


Do you run? If so, why?
YES! I don’t really remember a time I didn’t run. It mostly started as training for the sports I played. It turned into a habit, and then it turned into a love. Some days are harder than others, but there’s no endorphin high quite like the one from a good run!

What are your suggestions for runners getting into yoga?

Yoga can serve two purposes for runners: restore and train. There are great stretches, breathing exercises, and meditative practices that can help you restore from running. There are also types of yoga and postures that are designed to help you build strength, endurance, and balance.

What is your favorite pose?

Handstand! It’s a pose I’ve been focusing on in my practice for a long time. It’s incredibly empowering and fun! I love playing with as many variations as possible, busting it any and everywhere, and incorporating it into my practice.

And lastly, what is your spirit animal?
A golden retriever! They’re generally happy animals that love people, are always excited to go adventure on the trails/water, and are always up for a snuggle session while watching a movie on the couch.