Elizabeth Whissell

Ottawa, ON

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Elizabeth sought out her first yoga class in 2004 as a university student to help control the new life stresses. By summer of 2006, she had become a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance and a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) with Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.

Elizabeth’s yogic education began with the 200-hour yoga teacher training by Yogi Vishvketu at Upward Dog Yoga Centre. To deepen her practice and refine her teaching, she regularly attends Akhanda Yoga® workshops and trainings with her teacher, Yogi Vishvketu and various renowned teachers such as: Seane Corn, Jill Miller, Natasha Rizopoulos and Ray Long. She recently continued her yogic education by completing a 300-hour yoga teacher training with her teacher, Yogi Vishvketu.

Elizabeth continues to attend University of Ottawa. She has completed a bachelor degree in Human Kinetics in 2011 and currently completing a master degree researching the biomechanics of yoga. Elizabeth firmly believes in evidence based yoga therapy and is actively engaged in research, as exemplified by her graduate research exploring the biomechanics of yoga. She is an active member of The International Association of Yoga Therapists. Elizabeth’s public classes offer a strong emphasis on alignment and safety, using the practice of yoga as therapy.

As a way to merge the theory of academic research and practice of yoga, Elizabeth recently completed the Yoga Tune Up® - Level 1 certification (created by Jill Miller). She uses the Yoga Tune Up® Therapy Balls as well as the less than traditional Yoga Tune Up® postures to help students find body blind spots to better move on and off their mat.

She combines her yoga training and academic background to teach safe and therapeutic classes in a wide variety of styles and levels, such as: Yin, Vinyasa flow, Power, Hatha and Restorative. Her classes emphasize the balance of strength and flexibility for optimal health.

You can attend Elizabeth’s public classes or schedule a private lesson at Upward Dog Yoga Centre. Private classes with Elizabeth are a great way to address specific injuries or concerns in a safe, friendly and intimate environment. Contact her directly by email at for booking or inquiries concerning private lessons.