From Comparison to Inspiration: Curating an Anti-Anxiety Environment with Liz Miles

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“Be in control of social media. Curate your social media life. Change it from comparison and competition to inspiration and challenge.” This is just one of the many valuable suggestions to come out of Susan’s conversation with Liz Miles, a 26 year old “millenial” navigating her life in NYC. Incredibly bright and articulate, Liz talks about her beginning days as an 18 year old college student with anxiety who needed help. She got that help (listen in to hear how) and is now traveling with a tool box full of various practices, ideas, exercises and support. Find out what’s in Liz’s tool box and see what speaks to you!!


Meet This Episode's Guest

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ELIZABETH MiLES

 

As the Director of Australia and New Zealand at the International WELL Building Institute, Liz provides technical resources to WELL projects and WELL Accredited Professionals in Australia and New Zealand, leads the regional expansion of WELL and supports the internationalization of the WELL Building Standard.

Prior to joining the IWBI, Liz was with Delos as a Director on the Solutions team, where she provided consulting to project teams in pursuit of WELL Certification. At Delos, Liz also founded and chaired the Workplace Wellness Committee, where she led the development and implementation of various internal wellness initiatives. Liz's professional background spans both the non-profit and real estate sector, including program evaluation and grant research for an international health and human rights organization, the Heartland Alliance, fundraising and development for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders, and property management for residential and commercial properties in the U.S..

Among the first to be accredited as a WELL Accredited Professional and having served as the consultant on several of the first WELL projects in the world, Liz brings extensive knowledge and experience in the integration of wellness in the built-environment, and more specifically, expertise in the WELL Building Standard. Liz is also a WELL Faculty, LEED Green Associate, a licensed New York Real Estate Salesperson, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in French from New York University.

Fit Mind, Fit Body, Fit Spirit: With Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor Lou Ritter

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Lou Ritter is a group fitness instructor and personal trainer in NYC. She was initially drawn to fitness in childhood, where she was “overweight and nerdy” and therefore ostracized at those sensitive crucial ages when kids can be especially mean. In wanting to feel better about herself, to feel lighter, she took up dancing and singing and discovered she loved the feeling of creating art with her body. And she discovered she loved being able to help other people get fit and strong so they could have the energy and the body to do whatever they wanted in their life. An enthusiastic natural teacher was born!

Lou shares her perspective on fitness, injury prevention, self care, the class vs. the private experience; she has a wealth of knowledge and wisdom gained from working with all kinds of people and all kinds of bodies. “The body is the fundamental springboard for everything we do,” Lou tells us, “Fitness is holistic - mind, body and spirit - the Whole Being comes together so you can experience life in the fullest way possible.” And Lou is here to help us get on track to do that!


Meet This Episode's Guest

Lou Ritter

 Lou Ritter is a group fitness instructor and personal trainer in New York City. Her perspective on fitness:  "Working out is one of the fundamental things we do to take care of ourselves. You can create a body you feel good in. A strong, healthy body enhances your connection to yourself and gives you the energy to pursue your passions and everything you want to do.

     I spend a lot of time in gyms, and I see all these people spending considerable time and effort to try to get in shape, but so often they're using exercises or training strategies that are not that effective, sometimes not even safe. One of my biggest goals as a trainer and instructor is to design workouts that are going to be tough, but extremely productive, balanced, and ergonomically sound.

And fun!! It's so exciting that we can do this; we can get ourselves in shape.

   Then ideally, you take what's healthy - physically and emotionally, make it a habit, and you're primed to experience life with all systems go!"

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Check out Lou's website for more information or to work with her in New York City!

The Reverberation of Loss: Dr. Pilar Jennings on How to deal with loss during the holidays

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This conversation with Dr. Pilar Jennings, a long time Buddhist practitioner and psychoanalyst, arrives just in time for the holidays. During this season of giving and receiving, connection and celebration, it is entirely normal that current and prior losses are bubbling up. For some this can be an extremely difficult time because our fantasies are not jiving with our reality - making us particularly vulnerable to feeling isolated and lonely. “Be tender with yourself and find the people, the places where you feel well received, where you feel cared for and seen.” She reminds us that the psyche pushes for wellness, wanting to find some deep resource internally that can facilitate the healing we all want and need. From her Buddhist practice she offers this perspective - healing from loss can be helped through mindfulness and a spiritual practice that allows for what we find.


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Dr. Pilar Jennings

 

Pilar Jennings, PhD, is a psychoanalyst in private practice with a focus on the clinical applications of Buddhist meditation.  She has been working with patients and their families through the Harlem Family Institute since 2004. A visiting lecturer at Union Theological Seminary, and a guest lecturer at Columbia University, she is the author of Mixing Minds: The Power of Relationship in Psychoanalysis and Buddhism.

 

Find out more about Pilar and her work on her website

 

Deb Flashenberg on Becoming Alive: Being Seen, Heard, Understood & Supported During the Birthing Process

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For all expectant women, for partners, friends, families and co-workers of expectant women, and for those who will be expecting in the future, you need to listen to Debra Flashenberg and Susan’s conversation on birthing. Debra founded and runs the Prenatal Yoga Center on the core belief that “we need to empower women to take an active role in their birth so they can emerge feeling heard, seen, understood and supported.” The common fears surrounding childbirth range from being out of control and vulnerable to - Is my baby going to be okay? Am I doing this birthing thing right? The antidote to allay the myriad fears surrounding childbirth is getting evidence based information from accredited hospitals and centers like Debra’s. With this information you now have a solid foundation and can begin to build the right team (your “birth posse”) for the birth you want - so when the time comes you can have a birth experience where you trust your own body and have confidence in your health care provider and birthing partners to give you the nurturing and support you need.


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Find out more about the Prental Yoga Center on their website

and find Deb's blog here

Deb Flashenberg

CD(DONA), LCCE, E-RYT 500, RPYT & Director of the Prenatal Yoga Center 

Deb is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music with a degree in Musical Theater. She has spent most of her life performing and was introduced to yoga through a choreographer in 1997. After several years as a yoga student, she decided to continue her education and became certified as a Bikram Yoga instructor. In 2001 Deb headed out to Seattle to study with renowned prenatal yoga teacher Colette Crawford, R.N., at the Seattle Holistic Center. Deb has received certification for Vinyasa Yoga from Shiva Rea as well as completed the OM Yoga advanced teacher training with Cyndi Lee in 2004. Deb has also studied the Maternal Fitness Method with Julie Tupler. Deb currently studies with Cyndi Lee, Genevieve Kapular, and Carrie Owerko.

After being witness to several “typical” hospital births, Deb felt it was important to move beyond the yoga room and be present in the birthing room. In 2003, Debattended her first birth as a DONA certified labor support doula. In that short period of time, Deb has attended about 100 births. She is continuously in awe of the beauty and brilliance of birth.

In 2006, Deb received her certification as a Lamaze® Certified Childbirth Educator. In September of 2007, Deb completed a Midwife Assistant Program with Ina May Gaskin, Pamela Hunt and many of the other Farm Midwives at The Farm Midwifery Center in Tennessee.

 

Deb is a regular contributor to New York Family Magazine and Mommybites as Birth and Prenatal Yoga Expert and has been published in the book, Doulas (chapter 7!) Midwifery Today, Doula International, The Lamaze International Blog, Birthing With Confidence among many others.  In April 2016, Deb had the honor of being a presenter at the Yoga Journal Live New York Conference.

 

Deb’s most recent undertaking is her podcast, Yoga| Birth | Babies.  Deb has had the incredible pleasure speaking with and learning from some of the birth business’s most influential and respected speakers, Deborah Pascalli-Bonero, Dr Sarah Buckley and Farm Midwife, Deborah Flowers.


Drawing on her experience as a prenatal yoga teacher, labor support doula, childbirth educator and mother, Deb looks to establish a safe, effective and empowering class for pregnancy and beyond. Deb is the proud (and tired!) mother of her son Shay and daughter Sage.

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Abandoning the Tightrope: Creating and Living the Work/Life Balance

Nick, Ryan, Kim and Jasmine enter into a lively and informative discussion on the various ways they create and live their work/life balance. From color coordinated calendars to being spontaneous depending on where the mood takes you - they all agree that this is an ever changing and highly challenging balancing act that you figure out as you evolve - learning what works for you. Join them as they delve into the soup of creativity, self-care, over scheduling, independence, relationships, money, success and what brings daily joy.


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Jazmin Williams

Jazmin Williams is an Actress and Writer, born and raised in New York City. After graduating from SUNY Fredonia’s Acting program with a degree in Fine Arts, she moved back home to Brooklyn to begin her professional career. 

Jazmin is currently working on creating new projects to showcase her own storytelling abilities, as well as those of her friends and fellow women of color, and is honing her craft under the tutelage of acting coach Anthony Abeson. 

Past theatre credits include Aricia in Jean Racine's "Phèdre", Rose in August Wilson’s “Fences” and Arena in “Upon A Thicket Throne”. Film credits include "Hathie", The Ghost of Hollow Hills" and "Cleaning Up The Dirt".

 

For upcoming projects/updates please visit JazminWilliamsNYC.com!


Nick Demos

Nick Demos is an award winning director, TONY Award-winning producer, writer and creativity expert. He is in post-production for the documentary Invisible,  and in production for the documentary Body Electric. He is also co-writing the book for the new musical Siddhartha. This spring he will direct Julia Cameron’snew play Animal in the Trees, Off-Broadway.

His company, Demos Bizar Entertainment is currently co- producing Come From Away on Broadway. Formerly he was the Artistic Director of Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma where he was honored as a “Living Treasure of the State” for his contribution to the arts and named “Top Business Achiever Under 40” by the Journal Record newspaper. 

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A 1000 hr Hathavidya, EYRT-500 hr yoga teacher, Nick is the executive director and leads artist retreats through the non-profit, One  Company. He teaches in yoga teacher training programs for Three Sisters Yoga and Hathavidya and leads seminars, workshops and private coaching in wellness, mindfulness and the art of creativity. 

Follow Nick on twitter @NickDemos

 Instagram @TheNickDemos
 

www.NickDemos.net


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Find out more about Kim at

 www.kdsherman.com

Or listen to some of her music clips: https://soundcloud.com/kdsherman

Kim Sherman

KIM D. SHERMAN is a composer who enjoys composing for the concert stage as well as the theater, opera and film. Her music has been described as “rhapsodic and lush” as well as “craggy and leap-about.”  She embraces lyricism and dissonance as equal partners in conveying dramatic musical landscapes. 

Currently under construction is her opera ADA, the spectacular story of computer pioneer Ada Lovelace. SUMMER, 1976 a song cycle for lyric baritone and string quartet was premiered at The Opera Center in New York City in 2016.  SONG OF SONGS, for strings, harp and soprano was premiered in 2004 by San José Chamber Orchestra and soprano Allison Charney. GRAVESIDE, her a cappella choral work, was recorded by Musica Sacra and has been performed throughout the US and Europe. On Broadway, she wrote incidental music for I HATE HAMLET. She has written incidental music for many productions of Shakespeare plays in regional theaters throughout the United States.


 

Ryan Lemere

 

Ryan LeMere (ryanlemere.com) is a visual artist, creator director, and founder of Aligned Magazine, a yoga lifestyle journal. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

 

 

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Marc Zegans: The Creativity Whisperer

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Photo credit: Mark Hanford

Marc Zegans is a living embodiment of the creative life. He lives it in his commitment to his writing life as a poet, in his consulting work with artists, writers, and musicians, and in his deep and profound knowledge of the many paths that can lead to a happy expression of who we are as creative beings.

Marc gets to the heart of many questions - What does it mean to live a creative life? How do you work through the challenges of that over the long run? How do you shape and maintain a creative identity that changes as you grow? He believes that to do his work with artists you have to have “some skin in the game” so he brings his whole self to the table, is open and willing to learn and be surprised. “Sometimes I lead the way, sometimes you lead the way, sometimes we walk hand in hand together.”

“Creativity keeps us curious,” he says, “it teaches us to be humble, it transforms self doubt, it takes us out of our heads and into our bodies and opens a channel to take something out into the world and grow by that experience.” Equally important is to have fun, laugh at our mistakes, and be silly! Practice relaxed alertness and discover dynamic balance. Marc encourages us to play and dance with the Muses - let them give us the courage to travel outside of the norm and find our passion.


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Photo credit: Meri Jenkins

Marc ZeganS

 

"Marc is the muse to the muse." ~ Jennifer Greer, singer-songwriter & recording artist

 

Marc Zegans is a creative development advisor who helps artists, writers and creative people thrive and shine. A former executive and research director of Harvard University’s Innovations program, he has spent more than twenty years helping individuals, arts organizations and creatively driven enterprises successfully follow their muse. Marc is a produced playwright and working poet with four collections currently in print.

 

For more about Marc and his work, you can visit his website:

 www.mycreativedevelopment.com

 

Read an interview with Marc on Artpreneur.com about his strategies for working artists...

...and an article he wrote for Grant Makers in the Arts called "The Five Stages of Creative Life and the Crises That Intervene"

The Art of Collaboration: William Antoniou & Katia Paschou

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To collaborate is to work together. Through artistic collaboration an idea becomes a fully realized creation of something new and original. In the case of Katia (singer/director) and William (composer) that something is a cutting-edge opera; a team effort that comes from the heart, a synergy fueled by inspiration and the hard work of collaboration. Collaboration is not always easy. It takes wanting to learn from the other, patience, flexibility, honesty, and conviction. It takes being able to balance between being an individual and being on the team. It gets easier through experience and a healthy practice of self-awareness, always remembering that collaboration is a process. A process that is necessary for growth in every single area of our lives and relationships. At its simplest level collaboration is what we were all taught in kindergarten - play together / share your toys / be kind / give hugs at the end of the day / be curious and have fun!


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Check out William's facebook page for more! 

WILLiam ANTONIOU

William is a composer and instrumentalist. Born in Boston, and raised in New York, he began his studies and career at an unusually early age. After studying privately with Richard Danielpour, Lucas Foss, Neil Ginsberg, Roger Ames, Dan Carter and Kim D. Sherman, he was accepted to the Tisch School Of The Arts Music Theater Summer Program at age 14, and then to The New Dramatists’ Composer/Librettist Studio at age 16. Since then he has worked with many theater and film artists in the United States and abroad including Lee Breuer, Giles Foreman, Eamonn Farrell, Christa Maiwald, Will Taylor, Ersi Pita, Panagiotis Christopoulos, Dimitris Kollatos, and Phaedra Soutou. His songs have been performed by renown singers such as Isaias Matiaba, Janelle Lannan, Jason Papowitz and Margarita Sygeniotou. In addition to his theater and film work, William’s compositions have been performed by many classical ensembles and soloists such as The National Opera of Greece, L’Anima String Quartet, Aeolos Woodwind Quintet, The Greek Contemporary Music Ensemble, The Municipal Orchestra of Athens, The Orchestra of Patras, Nikos Zarkos, Thanasis Zervas, Saulius Sondeckis, ALEA III, and Idee Fix. In 2014 William, along with librettist Eamonn Farrell, was a finalist for the Jonathan Larson Grant, an award given for outstanding achievements in Music Theater, and in 2015 William was given the L.A. Shorts award for Best Original Score for his music in the film “Lucy” (2015). In 2016 William was appointed to the board of directors of the ALEA III New Music Ensemble.


KATIA PASCHOU

Katia recently appeared as Papagena in the Magic Flute (October 2015 conductors: Michalis Economou, George Petrou) and Musetta in La Bohème (December 2014) under the baton of Loukas Karytinos at the National Greek Opera, after her successful debut as Adele in Die Fledermaus, which showed her a dynamic interpreter both her vocal and acting qualities. In 2012 and 2013 Katia was praised as Valencienne at the National Greek Opera’s production of the Merry Widow for the sauciness and youthful vitality of her presence (J. Svolos, To pontiki, Athens). 

Born in Athens, Katia Paschou holds a BA in Theatre Studies from the University of Athens, School of Philosophy, a Diploma in Voice from Mannes College of Music. She is an alumna of Operaworks, CA and has been a member at Sande Shurin’s Transformational Acting Studio, NY, during 2005-2008. After relocating back to Greece, since 2010 Katia Paschou’s name is connected with the innovating side of the opera in Greece with projects such as “Interactive Opera”, “Three tea Sopranos”, “Nuit d’etoiles”. In 2015-2017 Katia created “The Katia Paschou Project”, a holistic approach-educational program for young singers and musicians, as artist in residence at the Theocharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts & Music.

 

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Stay with You With Kevin Pinzone & Jean Vitrano

With Your Mind and In Your Body

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Jean Vitrano is a massage therapist and a mindfulness facilitator. Kevin Pinzone is an acupuncturist and a Zen Buddhist. Together they know a lot about the mind/body connection and speak eloquently on the concept of ‘being present’ versus the practice of it. The practice of being present - think of what an athlete has to do every day - is a ‘doing’ thing.

From Jean the practice of mindfulness is staying with what is going on in your body right now, feeling your feet on the floor, asking "where do I feel tension" and staying with what ‘is’ without having to react to it. From Kevin it’s letting the table support you and ”doing less.”

Over and over during the course of the conversation they come back to the breath. Return to the breath. Become aware of the breath. With each breath we have the chance to begin again.

 

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Kevin Pinzone

Kevin completed his Master’s of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Tri-State College of Acupuncture. He trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Kiiko Matsumoto Japanese Style and Acupuncture Physical Medicine. The integration of these and other styles of acupuncture and modalities such as Cupping, Moxa and Gua Sha, Chinese Herbology and Kampo (Japanese Herbology), allow him to present the best possible outcome to his patients.  Zero Balancing and Tui-Na are also incorporated to further harmonize each patient’s internal balance. 

He is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) in Clean Needle Technique. He interned for a year at the Tri-state College of Acupuncture Clinic on the Kiiko Matsumoto Clinic Team and is a member of ASNY and AAAOM.   

Kevin also has a background in Hotel/Restaurant Management. This training paired with his strong desire to help others shapes his practice.


Jean Vitrano

Jean has extensive experience working with the body and mind through years of training in contemporary dance, therapeutic massage, movement awareness, meditation and yoga. For the past 20 years, she has practiced mindfulness meditation and has enjoyed sharing the practice with others by leading weekly mindfulness groups and workshops. Her primary teaching influences have been Buddhist Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, and Insight Meditation Teachers Tara Brach and Sharon Salzberg. 

Jean also teaches workshops on managing stress by combining meditation and everyday mindfulness practices to manage our reactions to stress and to strengthen the pathways to happiness. She holds a BA from NYU, has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2002, and graduated from the Feldenkrais Method Training Program in 2011. Jean currently has a private practice in Maplewood, New Jersey and in New York City.

You can visit her website where you can read her blog and listen to more recorded meditations at www.jeanvitrano.com.

 

 

Listen to a 5 minute mediation from Jean below!


Balancing Our Many Selves with Marco Jo Clate, Andrea Scannell, Liza Toft & Jennifer Rau

Meet Marco, Liza, Andrea and Jennifer. Four women who are teachers and artists and mothers. Listen in as they talk about identity and the process of reclaiming and synthesizing the many parts of themselves, the conflicts and joys of motherhood, the aggressive act of pursuing one’s creativity, their struggles with integration and spending time alone. Helpful tools include meditation, yoga practice, walking outdoors, reaching out to one’s community of friends and supporters, making lists, self-acceptance, chucking out guilt, and setting boundaries. They share times of anxiety when one’s world gets too small and perspective is lost, when there is not enough feedback, or when one is spread too thin, causing a disconnect from body, mind, and heart. They are women invested in the act of claiming their voice, power, and fulfillment ~ They are women who are, in their own words: sassy, sensitive, authentic, loyal, grounded, generous, good listeners, and present!

 

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Marco Jo Clate

Writer, Hatha Yoga Teacher, & Theatre Artist

Marco Jo Clate started out as an actor, attended Emerson College and Tisch School of the Arts, but soon yearned for control over her own work and began starting theatre companies, writing plays, producing,  and choreographing. Some of her richest experiences happened at Ensemble Studio Theatre where she was a member of Citilab with founder Curt Dempster, whom she also assisted at their summer facility in Lexington, NY, and where she also produced the beloved annual Marathon of New Plays! Marco Jo's plays have been seen at EST, The NYC Fringe Festival and The One Minute Play Festival. More recently she has studied and performed improv and sketch at UCB and The Reckless Theatre. And she just wrote her first screenplay! She discovered yoga in her very first acting class at Emerson College…and knew from her first sun salutation that yoga would be an important part of her life.

Marco Jo teaches yoga at www.theyogahousepiermont.com

Quote I love: "Sometimes it's necessary to go a long distance out of the way in order to come back a short distance correctly."  ~ Edward Albee


Andrea Scannell

MSEd, CLC, Certified Infant, & Child Sleep Specialist

In her private practice in New York City, Andrea works one on one with families to provide sleep support, breastfeeding support, infant care education and early parenthood coaching. Her NYC classes are currently provided at the 92nd St. Y and City Births.

With twenty years experience working with children and their parents, the birth of Andrea’s own child prompted a new endeavor: in 2010, Andrea created MOMally. It has since become a network of more than 2,500 moms, and a vital resource for new parents. MOMally’s New Mom Support groups, MOMally Parenting on Meetup.com and MOMally’s Facebook Community have helped a generation of local moms get support and find friendship.

www.MOMally.com

www.dreamalittledreamsleepconsulting.com


 
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Photo credit: Vanie Poyey

Jennifer Rau

Jennifer Rau is an actor whose film and television credits include Finding Amanda, Brightest Star, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Without A Trace, yes,dear, Inconceivable, and the award-winning short film Some Boys Don’t Leave. Her Off-Broadway and Regional credits include: Once In A Lifetime (Atlantic Theater Company), Texas Homos (Abingdon Theatre Company), The Hologram Theory (Blue Light), Sex Parasite (Center Theatre Group), M Butterfly (East West Players), Miracles and The Baby Dance (Barter Theatre), Exodus, (Salon/Sanctuary) at the historic Fraunces Tavern with Rosalyn Coleman Williams and Reg E. Cathey. Last August she appeared in the world premiere of Mourning the Living at the Hudson Guild, as part of the Thespis Theater Festival and reprised her leading role this April Off-Broadway through Lifewise Productions. She holds a BA in Theater from Fordham University and trained at Atlantic Acting School, where she is on the Acting Faculty. Jennifer is also a writer and is currently working on a new screenplay.

Quote I love: "At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want." - Lao Tzu


Liza Toft

Liza is a licensed Creative Arts Therapist and Yoga Teacher who works in private practice in her home studio in Brooklyn, New York. She works with people individually and leads weekly groups that combine yoga and creative arts as a holistic body-centered approach to therapy. Liza is currently completing the two-year Iyengar Yoga teacher training program, which has deeply influenced her work. Her background as a visual artist and a long-time practitioner of mindfulness meditation have also had a deep impact on her life.

Below is a piece of Liza's art!

Visit Liza's website for more: www.lizatoft.com

 

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