Among other things, I am an outdoor enthusiast, a speech therapist, a “meditator-in-training,” and a yogi – and I am honored to call myself a yoga teacher.  When I started doing yoga in 2000, I never dreamed of teaching. Yoga was just something that helped me to sleep better, helped me decompress, so I could get through university and grad school with my sanity.  It wasn’t until several years later when I realized the layers of healing potential in the practice of yoga, that I learned I couldn’t help it…I had to teach.

Elizabeth Ryan, Private Yoga Lessons in Santa Cruz, CA

Yoga has helped me to live my life fully, in a way that I had been afraid to hope was possible.  Having injured myself severely as a child athlete, I had come to believe that leading a physically active life was off-limits to me in my future. Yoga, and the wisdom of my earliest yoga teachers, helped me to reclaim the truth, that I could heal and move forward. My mission as a teacher is to inspire people toward their own process of discovery and to encourage each and every student to see possibilities.


I’ve been blessed with incredible teachers on my yoga path, from my first teachers Michael Curtis in Kent, Ohio, and Kim Self in Durango, Colorado, to internationally known teachers Amy Ippoliti and Desiree Rumbaugh, and so many more.  I have so much gratitude for each of these amazing people, all of whom continue to inspire me every day.

I now offer private yoga lessons and small group classes in Santa Cruz, CA


Elizabeth is an E-RYT 200, RYT 500, with 10 years of yoga teaching experience. She has studied alignment-based yoga with teachers in the Iyengar and Anusara yoga traditions, including Amy Ippoliti, Desiree Rumbaugh, Darren Rhodes and Ross Rayburn. She was recognized as an Anusara-Inspired teacher in 2008. Elizabeth is currently living and teaching in Santa Cruz, California.