Biography


Elizabeth Kerwin, M.A. Counseling Psychology, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a certified Iyengar yoga teacher and psychotherapist, holds her practice and teaching as a path inviting compassion towards self and other, as well as embodied self-reflection. While the physical aspect of yoga is both meditative and healing for the body, Elizabeth engages deeply also with the devotional and philosophical aspects of the form, which is centered in Patanjali's yoga sutras. The sutras serve as the classical and seminal explication of yoga as a spiritual path, and way of being in the world, reflecting teachings thousands of years old.
She has practiced with the inspired guidance of Senior teachers and the Iyengars themselves for more than 20 years. She has studied extensively with Ingela Abbott and Felicity Green her original mentors, and currently studies primarily with John Schumacher and Patricia Walden among other Senior teachers in the Iyengar tradition.  Elizabeth honors the depth and scope, as well as the meticulous refinement and care at the heart of Iyengar yoga. Her path with yoga seeded itself strongly when in her twenties, Elizabeth discovered the need for a strong and flexible body in order to be able to sit well in meditation. She has found that the internal nourishment on all levels of body and being in her practice stands as a solid foundation in her life, and finds profound satisfaction in sharing yoga's practical and inspirational tools with others. In shaping her work with counseling clients, Elizabeth is delighted to weave in elements of yoga that can help clients to ease anxiety and depression, as well as to discover more fully a sense of self, meaning and purpose in life. In teaching yoga and in her therapy work, Elizabeth hopes to make a small contribution toward our world finding its way towards health and justice as we wake up to the collective responsibility for compassion, and the truth of interdependence.