Liz Creasman, RYT200, began taking yoga classes as a teenager seeking balance, peace and self-exploration in a busy schedule. She was intrigued by the physical fitness and balance aspects due to involvement in performing art. Yoga was introduced to her as a practice of nonviolence towards self and others. The concept of using peace from within to fuel all interactions truly resonated. The more she learned about yoga, the more she realized she had naturally used many of the practices and wanted to continue learning how to use them more effectively. She continued to practice through college and heavily depended on her yoga practice to manage stress. Her practice transformed into a blend of classes, self-guided, and DVDs. Liz believes in the importance of yoga practice to connect mind and body, express emotions, and embrace the beauty in everyday life.
Liz completed her bachelor’s degree at Old Dominion University in Therapeutic Recreation with a minor in Studio Art. Through her coursework, she learned about maintaining quality of life for populations with developmental, physical, and psychological adversities. She expanded knowledge of diversity, advocating, empowerment through volunteer work and extracurricular activities. She now works at a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist at a residential facility for adolescents who have experienced trauma.
The inspiration to complete her teacher training came from the need of the adolescents she had worked with for a few years. She recognized the benefits they could receive from regular yoga practice and felt compelled to provide the means. She uses yoga as a way to teach emotional regulation and self-exploration and incorporates these teachings in classes through breath work, grounding and balance. Yoga has become an integral aspect of her self-care routine. When off the mat, Liz can be found enjoying Richmond with her loving husband and adorable beagle mix, cooking and baking, or expressing herself through art.
My teaching schedule is as follows:
Tuesday: 10:30a Level 3 at Glenmore (rotation; see monthly schedule)
Wednesday: 12p Men's Yoga at Westwood Club (members only)
6:30p Level 3 at Glenmore (see monthly schedule)
Thursday: 6p Flow + Core at Niche Fitness Studio
Friday: 5:30p Vinyasa Flow Mixed Level at Niche Fitness Studio
Saturday: 9a Mixed Level at Glenmore (see monthly schedule)
Sunday: 1st Sunday of each month I teach a donation based mixed level class at Checkpoint One. All proceeds go towards yoga and non riding equine assisted programing for military, veterans, first responders, and their families.