Liz Wilson discovered yoga in college by attending a promotional week at a new Baptiste studio off campus. (Though her mother demands a little credit due to practicing some prenatal yoga during her pregnancy).
As an athlete, she resonated with the physically challenging element. As a stressed student, she resonated with the emotional and mental relaxation that kicks in afterwards, aka the “yoga high.” She quickly developed an interest in arm balances and inversions, which she supported by taking every clinic possible, including with Kathryn Budig, Tiffany Cruikshank, and Simon Park.
Deciding to postpone law school, she completed her 220-hour teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center and moved to a ski town in Colorado where she worked, taught, and got outside nearly every day.
Over three years later, she has moved to Portland, OR, where she teaches at Yoga Pearl and The Grinning Yogi.
We recently had the chance to sit down with Liz to go over some very thought provoking questions. Answers below.
Have you ever started petting a really fluffy dog and just gotten very overwhelmed by how fluffy this dog is?
NO! I always end up rolling around on the floor with dogs and giving belly kisses!
Theo James. And Brad Pitt, as always.
Talent you most wish you had?
To dance or paint.
Beach or mountains?
Ah! Always such a major conflict for me because I love both. Ideal is to live in the mountains and be close to the beach still. Aka Portland!
Fly or Drive?
Skittles or M&M’s?
Sun or Rain?
1. Sthira sukham asanam (the balance of effort and ease). -Sutras of Patanjali
2. “I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery- air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.'” – Sylvia Plath
Where would you go if you had a time machine?
Ancient Rome and Greece
Do you know why man hole covers are round?
I’ve honestly never thought about it. But now I can’t stop wondering…
Would you rather find true love or 10 million dollars?
True love! You can make money, but you can’t create love and connection.