Elizabeth Rainey

While still in high school I attended my first yoga class which incorporated some hatha yoga with deep meditation. The way it allowed me to connect internally to my deeper sense of self and be more present with the world around me was a momentous experience. This series of classes planted the seed that was watered gently through out college in various experiences of yoga, movement and nature and came into full bloom upon committing myself to a yoga practice while living in Crested Butte, Colorado in the early ‘90s. Between my adventures in nature and my explorations of bodily movement and alignment, my passion and dedication to the potency of bringing full sensory awareness to every moment of my life was born.

After moving to Seattle, Washington in 1996 and studying, training and apprenticing in the yoga tradition with Theresa Elliot, Kathryn Payne and Denise Benitez, I began teaching yoga asana in 2000. At this time, I also began meditating in the Buddhist tradition of vipassana, while continuing to delve deeper into the nuances of what it means to have a body and a movement practice. In 2003, I became a Certified Anusara Yoga teacher.

The year of 2007 was potent and revealing for me, as I met my mediation teacher, Paul Muller-Ortega and my movement teacher, Susan Harper. I am a dedicated student to both these amazing beings. With Paul, I continue to deepen my practice of Nilakantha Meditation, a lineage of Tantric mantra meditation. This tradition forms the basis of my meditation teaching. And with Susan, I continue to deepen my exploration of Continuum Montage, the practice of showing up in my body with inquiry and willingness to find the subtle and powerful nuances of my own authentic movement and aliveness as well as the fluid potential in every cell. This was a natural progression of my yoga asana practice as I became more and more interested in the inner experience of the body more than the outer shape of the pose.

I am honored to have studied with many remarkable teachers on my journey of life long learning. I offer particular thanks to June Austin, Carol Case, Mary-o Yeager, Lex Hixon, Gary & Donita Reitz, Theresa Elliot, Denise Benitez, John Friend, Phillip Moffitt, Paul Muller-Ortega, Angela Farmer, Victor van Kooten and Susan Harper. The 10 years I was a certified Anusara yoga teacher lay the groundwork for my teachings. And my somatic inquiry and authentic movement practices are based on Continuum Montage as well as my own explorations of being alive in a body of wild and deep sensory perception.