As we gear up to reopen the yoga studios for classes, we’re celebrating the Yoga District community members who stepped forward to lead that transition and manage the studios with loving care. Meet Liz, the new manager of the Yoga District Petworth studio as she shares her yoga journey, her background in the fitness and wellness industry, and her introduction to the Yoga District community!

How would you describe your journey into yoga?

I would describe my journey into yoga as slow and steady. I started doing yoga at a young age, about 20 years ago. I started doing videos at home with Rodney Lee and really liked how I felt. I took yoga classes in college and after. I have always been an athlete, so yoga seemed like a great way to cross train for me. I also enjoy learning about the chakras and energy systems of the body.

Tell us about your background.

I live in Washington, DC with my husband and my three kids, Emmanuel, 8, Georgie, 5, and Elena, 3. I am originally from Boston, MA. I grew up in a suburb of Boston and went to Salem State College in Salem, MA. After I graduated, I became the Assistant Manager at the Salem State Wellness Center. I also went back to school to receive my M.B.A in Global Management. I really love to learn and enjoy being a student.

At one point I completed a six-month college internship at Walt Disney World in Florida. The customer service training was amazing and really got me thinking about what I would like to do as a profession. I knew it had to be in an industry in which I was helping people. It only seemed natural to do it within the health and wellness industry, combining my passion for fitness and my desire to connect with people. I love building relationships in everything I do both professionally and personally.

Do you have any certifications that are relevant to the health and wellness industry?

I am a Licensed Master Esthetician in DC and I have been with The W Hotel at Bliss Spa for 10 years. I was the lead Esthetician for two years. I also train new employees for the Esthetician position at Bliss Spa. In 2017, I joined Fitt4Mom DC as a Fitness Instructor. I am a licensed AFAA Fitness Instructor and AFFA Personal Trainer. I would love to take the Yoga District yoga teacher training.

How did you come to work with Yoga District/Yoga Activist?

I had been wanting to get involved in the yoga community and was not sure where to start. In the fall I saw an email from Yoga District about volunteering to help with Yoga in the Park. I really enjoyed helping the teachers and meeting the students. It was also a great way for me to start taking yoga classes again. I love being part of the team at Yoga District.