Liz Heffernan, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, MA

Arcata, CA
United States
Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

60 Reviews

Liz Heffernan, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT is an international yoga teacher and Integrative Yoga Therapist. She draws from over two decades of personal yoga practice, 20 years of teaching and extensive training in the Hatha yoga systems of Kripalu, Ashtanga and Anusara. She currently directs and leads Yoga teacher trainings and workshops in worldwide locations, provides unique one-to-one mentoring for yoga teachers wishing to improve their skills and delivery, instructs daily yoga classes and offers private therapeutic sessions. Additionally, Liz serves as a mentor and faculty member for the Integrative Yoga Therapy - Professional Yoga Therapy program.

Her personal journey with yoga began as a young teenager when through a random, yet auspicious, opportunity she took a Yoga course at a nearby college. Here, in Savasana, she experienced a sense of peace and wellbeing, a feeling that was in profound contrast to her daily expression of herself. It took fifteen years for the seed that was planted then to germinate into a dedicated practice. Now, after 20 years of daily Yoga, Liz is humbly grateful to this life-affirming path that consistently realigns her physical body, thoughts and innermost intentions with more joy and a greater vibrancy.

Liz's dynamic teaching style is influenced by many, many wonderful yoga teachers. These include Ashtanga Yoga’s Shri K. Pattabhi Jois, Tim Miller, Nancy Gilgoff and Bhavani Maki; Anusara Yoga’s Desiree Rumbaugh, Jenny Otto, Noah Maze, and Jim & Ruthie Bernaert; Integrative Yoga Therapy’s Joseph Le Page; and yoga philosophers Ram Das, Douglas Brooks and Carlos Pomeda.

Liz is known is for her ability to bridge the gap between the ancient perspectives of yoga and contemporary daily life. Her teaching weaves together philosophy, creative sequencing, clear alignment, mindful breathing and compassionate self-inquiry to form a tapestry that reflects her heartfelt commitment to this transformative path.

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60 Reviews

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Liz is so natural

Liz is so natural and full of ease in her teachings. Her eyes see many things in a person's asana. This was one of the aha's I took away from being in her online class. Liz has a sooth calming voice which is lovely to listen to when you are learning.

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Liz is exemplary

Liz was a great teacher for me to learn from at my yoga teacher training. Liz pays close attention to detail and really taught us all things yoga, and it is apparent that she has really studied up on different forms and styles of yoga to find what truly resonates with her that she wants to share with the world. She is very knowledgeable about the human body and advocates for safe and engaging practice. Liz really encourages her students to dive deep into learning about themselves and all that the amazing world of yoga has to offer in such a sweet way.

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Excellent teacher

Liz Heffernan is a very warm, wise, and experienced yoga teacher and teacher trainer. Liz is approachable and works to help each student understand the material presented. She is a thorough teacher and ensures the safety of all of her students. I absolutely recommend taking classes from Liz Heffernan.

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Spectacular!

Brilliant and experienced.

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Liz is the Yoga Teacher I needed <3

Yes, I recommend this training to others. The alignment and anatomy components were my favorite aspects. With the alignment work I was able to feel and see my posture improve. I also noticed the aches and pains that I have experienced in class previous to this training disappear. I now feel empowered to go out into my community and share my everlasting love of yoga. - Melissa

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Loving and inspiring

Liz is experienced and inspires everyone to do their best

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I did my teacher training with Liz and have just done her Yoga S.A.F.E. program. i was thrilled to hear of the program because Liz gave me so many "ahaas"! in teacher training that i have been able to pass on to my students. Its great when a student looks at you in surprise as the light dawns in their eyes! She has a wealth of invaluable information at her fingertips that she is keen to share. Her love and enthusiasm for her yoga is inspiring and she has a natual teaching talent. I hope i can study with her again soon in the near future. My sincere thanks and blessings go to Liz

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S.A.F.E. Online Program

So grateful to Liz and Sam for this online program. In just five weeks I was given the tools to change the habitual way I look at a student and the way I write a yoga sequence. With this training I find I am less critical of my own practice and that of my students. This is powerful training. Thank you Liz & Sam.

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Such a great experience!

I took this training not only to learn how to teach, but to gain a better understanding of all the limbs of Yoga and I feel like this program helped me a lot. My love of Yoga is even greater now and I can’t wait to continue along this path. I love Peggy and Liz as teachers and definitely recommend their program to you. I loved learning the different styles of Yoga like therapeutics and restorative. It complimented the program well. I feel confident teaching to multiple populations.

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The alignment was so important for safety and for being able to progress in my practice. As a fitness instructor, I work with a lot of different body types and I have already started incorporating the alignment principles with my clients. The openness of the group and the compassion we all had for one another was fabulous. I am so grateful. - Jamie

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She is truly balanced!!!!

I feel that this program was made especially for me. It was so supportive, so informed, and so compassionate. The instructors, Liz and Molly, really live the yoga philosophy and modeled it every day for 21 days. They are both so real and so accessible; I felt seen the entire program. I can’t think of a better place to begin a yoga journey. I leave confident in the tools I have received and I know with the wisdom and concrete knowledge provided within this program that I will grow to be an amazing Yoga teacher. I am so excited to continue my Yogic path. - Chanin

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Liz is grounded, inspiritational and intuitive as a teacher

Liz was amazing during the YTT 2017 at Kalani, HI. Her depth and breath of knowledge is obvious and she implemented this in a way that acknowledged the uniqueness and needs of our group. She is a role model for living yoga in a peaceful, integrated manner. I will study with her again in the future.

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What an honor

Liz brings so much warmth and light to her teaching. It was truly an honor to just be in her presence. I am for certain following Soma Institute for further education in my yoga path.

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Simply the Best

I loved every second of this program, the teaching, and the learning. I really enjoyed the authenticity of the teachings that Liz and Molly offered. They instilled an amazing confidence in me and I loved their methods of teaching. For years I have practiced yoga not being aware of muscle engagement. Now, I feel so much stronger in Yoga and also in swimming. When I came into this class I was not sure if I wanted to be a teacher of Yoga and Liz and Molly have opened my eyes to new possibilities. They ROCK; they are awesome and always positive. This program is an absolutely recommend with a 10-STAR rating. - Francean

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A Guru

Liz was an awesome joy to be around. She is incredibly authentic and true to herself and her beliefs. She holds space for inspiration and investigation. As well as providing sage like wisdom based on experience.

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200 hr Soma Review

Liz is a highly qualified and capable yoga instructor for both teachers and practitioners. She has a high degree of professionalism and ethics. She teaches the theory and practice of yoga very well. She provides useful feedback to students. I highly recommend her to potential clients and students.

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Liz is an amazing mentor!

Working with Liz at the Soma Yoga 200hr teacher training program was a real life changer. She has opened my eyes to a new path that I’m so excited to follow. I feel confident that I can and will continue to learn and practice and hold space for yoga in my life. I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned from Liz and grow my home yoga practice! I feel like I know myself better and more confident and comfortable with who I am. Liz and Peggy lead me to new found passions and paths within yoga. I had the most amazing and wonderful time and want to do it again next year! – Elise

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200 hour RYT Program

I came out of this yoga teacher training with more confidence and a balanced mind. My practice is way more efficient from learning proper alignment and my ability to teach what I know to others is developing through the strong support of this community and my education. The community of support and new friends has been very healing; it inspires me to keep developing my health and mindset. I am humbled by the quality of education I have received. - James

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Joyful Experience

I have so much gratitude for this experience. Through this 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training, I can now coordinate my own daily practice as well as practices for others. I would never have had the confidence or knowledge for this otherwise. The pose study and alignment was very direct and informative. I can try poses that I didn’t even know existed before and I am ok with the fact that I can’t nail every one. I previously had little to no understanding of yoga beyond asana and this course gave me a great base through philosophy study and Chakra exploration. I also really enjoyed the teachers, they were both knowledgable and experienced. - Stacy

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Incrédible Experience ❤️

I really enjoyed the great teachers. I’ve discovered another part of me, of my feelings, future, patience, skills and thoughts. This teacher training brought the best out of me and is the first part of a never ending yoga training. I found the anatomy presentations to be incredible and the chakra themes to be so interesting. The mix of Peggy and Liz is PERFECT! – Rocio FdM

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I feel empowered

Liz and Serena, thank you very much for your wonderful teachings, your presence and really great organization of this Yoga Teacher Training. I feel empowered to continue my journey as a Yogi and a Yoga Teacher. I am also motivated to give my personal practice a bigger space in my everyday life. The Peace Retreat is wonderful, and indeed a very peaceful and beautiful place. I felt very comfortable and very safe here. I know that what I learned here will benefit every aspect of my life. - Erika

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

Liz Heffernan is brilliant. She seemed to know what, when and how to say and/or teach what was beyond required. She was/is honest and giving. I hope to learn more from her in the future.

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Costa Rica 200H YTT February 2017

This experience gave me the confidence to really be a yoga teacher and share Yoga with others. Alignment was my favorite topic because it is fundamental for a safe practice. I also learned to be more present during my practice and how to be more patient with myself and other people. I highly recommend this program. Anabel from Mexico

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YTT Cahuita 2017

The location, quality, teachers, support and training far exceeded my expectations. I honestly cannot thank Liz enough for this life changing experience. Her integrity and ability in everything she does is unsurpassed. I loved the mix of topics that were covered, the opportunities that were given that accommodated different learning styles. The teaching was clear, reinforced and always positive. The feedback that was given was supportive and relevant as well as consistent.

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I loved the philosophy study, the Yoga Sutras are filled with so much wisdom, the teachers and the students brought them to life and gave them fresh relevance. The Chakras were incredibly beautiful and eye opening. The senior and pregnancy yoga topics were also favorites. I am leaving here with more knowledge than I could have imagined, I am eager to continue learning and I now have confidence that my health, relationships and awareness will be significantly improved. I absolutely recommend this program. - Sandra

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Costa Rica 2017 YTT

I loved Liz, the curriculum, and the setting at the Goddess Garden. The depth of information provided set a solid and broad foundation to further build upon as I step into the role of teacher. The alignment studies helped me in my own practice, I will be more mindful and I am finally ready to build my home practice. I am leaving with an incredibly different level of understanding into the power of Yoga to change lives. – Karen

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YTT with Liz and Soma Yoga Institute

This experience has been such a gift. It provided me with the skills, training, confidence and support to not only succeed as a yoga teacher but to propel through life with greater ease, light and happiness. I have developed a deeper love, respect and admiration for myself and what I am capable of and that is something I will appreciate for the rest of my life. The program gave the perfect amount of time to asana, pranayama, personal inquiry and group work.

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The alignment studies were so practical and important for both my own practice and to feel confident as a teacher. The Ayurvedic lessons helped to provide me with a new perspective on how to view struggle, illness and 'dis' ease in my life. The Patanjali Yoga Sutra discussions were an unbelievable way to learn yoga philosophy and get to know our community on a much deeper level. Liz and Serena's teaching styles provided the perfect compliment to each other. They worked as an incredible team and both created such a safe, uplifting, challenging experience and for us. I feel so lucky to have had the honor of learning from both of them. - Rhiannon

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