DATE: Friday, October 13
TEACHERS: Eliza Hoffman and Jessica Lewis, PsyD
Morning Yoga: All-levels Hatha Yoga
This morning practice will gently awaken the physical body and allow for each participant to set an intention for the day. Pranayama (breathing practice), asana (physical postures), and svasana (relaxation) will be incorporated in this all-levels yoga practice. Modifications and supportive props will be available to make the class physically accessible to all, and language will support those in recovery from eating disorders and trauma. All are welcome.
Originally from Philadelphia, Eliza took her first yoga class over 15 years ago and became a certified yoga teacher in 2005. Her studies have included many styles of yoga, from vigorous practices to therapeutic trainings under the Kripalu and Parayoga traditions. Her teaching style links appropriately-modified physical practice with a commitment to mindful body awareness. She believes that the student should receive practical skills to access the body, mind, and spirit. Her yoga teaching motivates practitioners to gain self-compassion and positively impact themselves and the world around them. When not teaching yoga, Eliza can be found acting in plays throughout the thriving Chicago theatre community. Eliza holds an MFA in Shakespeare from Mary Baldwin College and a BFA in Drama from NYU.
Jessica Lewis, PsyD
Dr. Jessica Lewis attended the University of Illinois at Chicago where she earned her B.A. in Applied Psychology and minored in Gender & Women’s studies. She earned her M.A. in Professional Psychology and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from William James College in Newton, MA. She also earned her 200-hour certification in Hatha Yoga from the Kaivalya Yoga School in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India.
Dr. Lewis has worked with children, adolescents, and adults presenting with early and chronic trauma histories for six years across multiple clinical settings prior to joining Yellowbrick. At the foundation of her clinical approach, Dr. Lewis places an emphasis on the importance of personal growth and connection to others through self-examination. She also brings to her work a deep value and appreciation for the need to acknowledge, honor, and integrate the unique, yet unified experiences of the mind, body, and spirit.
Dr. Lewis passionately believes in the adage “practice what you preach”. As such, she is dedicated to a personal practice in Vipassana Meditation and Hatha Yoga in addition to bringing these philosophies and practices to her clinical work.