ELIZABETH ROSSA is the founder/director of SHRIYOGA. Originally certified to teach hatha yoga about 12 years ago by notable master teachers, Erich Schiffman and Max Strom, Elizabeth is as committed to teaching as she is to her on-going studentship. Her primary influences remain to be her mentor/teacher, the incomparable meditation/tantric philosophy master, Sally Kempton and her wildly intelligent yoga teacher, Richard Freeman. Her credentials also include Richard Freeman's extraordinary 200 hour month-long Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teacher intensive and certifications in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan and a Reiki Mastership. As a teacher of yoga, meditation and Self-inquiry practices, Elizabeth holds space for clarity and freedom to question her authority. She offers a fresh perspective which allows the ancient and esoteric to become modern and real. Students are encouraged to cultivate curiosity as they pause and breathe, deeply listening for the internal cues of Life, right here, right now. Elizabeth is on the faculty of the Open Center, a guest presenter at Kripalu and teaches workshops/retreats worldwide, most recently in Yokohama, Japan at the YogaSpot. Philanthropically, she helped to spearhead the Give Your Yoga benefit for Women For Women International at Urban Zen in 2010. To date, Elizabeth has sponsored two “sisters” in Rwanda, a third in Nigeria, and aims to bring more awareness to this powerful organization which recognizes an inherent unity amongst us all.