We are very excited to introduce you to one of our favorite yoginis!
Elizabeth Alvillar is an avid yogini, beautiful soul, and a genuine friend to all those she meets. She stepped back on her mat at PLAY, a little less than a year ago and the growth in her practice has been trememendous.
We sat down with Elizabeth and asked her to share a little bit about herself and her yoga journey.
Tell us a little bit about yourself….
My name is Elizabeth Alvillar but my childhood friends call me Liz. I grew up here in Carlsbad, but left for the Bay area to emerge myself in Natural Health and Beauty during my thirties and early forties.
What sparks you…what motivates you?
Anything to do with improving the Earth and the way we live, fuels my fire. I have a tremendous passion for health that includes body, mind and spirit. I spend most of my free time in my organic garden, surfing or paddling in the Pacific or turning trash into treasures, up cycling.
How do you spend your time…
I formulate and hand craft organic body care products through my company Isvara Organics. My path of yoga brought me to this place. I began my career as a cosmetologist almost 30 years ago.
Yoga has been such an incredible tool for me. It started as a physical practice in my mid twenties, but within a few years it began to transcend into the practice that allowed me to calm at will. It did a lot more than that though, it taught me to set intentions for the day, the year, my entire life. My practice made me dig deeper into whom I truly was and what it was that would fill my heart with joy. As I learned about my body I began to learn how to control my energy with the breath and realized I had and still sometimes do cut off my life force energy by not breathing. My yoga practice has made me more present and honest with my self. It helped me to release old thought patterns and fears that don’t serve me and I still pull upon it anytime I need a tune up.
What is your favorite yoga pose and why?
My favorite pose is headstand. It seems so difficult when you are learning it but then all of a sudden it becomes almost effortless when you can feel the line of energy running through your body. Some days I can do it well and others forget about it. It’s a great reminder for me that a regular practice is key to move closer to and stay in that effortless space.
Why do you love PLAY?
I love PLAY for so many reasons. The studio has incredible teachers that each brings incredible, dynamic energy to the mat. Their love for yoga and discipline to their own practices is inspiring and motivating. I feel really comfortable to modify or change altogether the pose I’m practicing to better suit my own needs. This feels encouraged instead of the strict guidelines that can sometimes be placed on students in other studios. I really appreciate all the dedicated student at PLAY for they create this amazing synergy in the room so if I’m feeling a bit tired or not so into practice that day I know if I just show up, the great energy in the class will quickly energize me.
Thanks for sharing Elizabeth! And thank you for being a part of our community