Store      Team Nirvana



About Lizzy

Liz C Kawecki, Director/Owner of Y Yoga Inc. or "Lizzy" as she is known by her fellow yogis, friends, and students who share her enthusiasm and love of yoga. Liz moved from Hawaii in the Spring of 2001 and has made Amelia Island her home. The last eleven years she has offered classes island wide for individuals, groups and corporations on the beach, in her studio at Gateway to Amelia, McArthur Family YMCA, the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island and the Amelia Island Plantation Resort. Lizzy received the 2011 Elsie Harper Social Service Volunteer of the Year Award for her outstanding community service on April 19, 2012 presented by City of Fernandina Beach, Nassau County Commission.

For the last 5 years, Lizzy has trained individuals for free on Amelia Island to run, run/walk, walk/run, and walk in 26.2 Run with Donna (The National Breast Cancer Marathon) to help in the fight to finish breast cancer. She has created a team called TEAM NIRVANA who also participate and volunteer in numerous charity races/events on Amelia Island and in Jacksonsville.

In the Summer 2010, Lizzy and her sister, Susie De Mille, were awarded the highest grant amount in the stateof Florida by USTA for their "Share the Love" Campaign to introduce kids ages 5-10 years old to the FUNdamentals of tennis. She and her sister have shared their experience knowledge, and love of the game with kids who may never have had the opportunity to play tennis; starting up a "Quickstart" Kids Tennis Camp hosted/supported by members of Kraft Athletic Partners who volunteered their time and assistance to make this program a success with over 95 kids(10 kids from the Boys & Girls Club who were scholarshipped by the membership) at Kraft Athletic Club. Lizzy and her sister have created and established a"Quickstart" Junior Team Tennis League in the Fall and Spring over the past 2 1/2 years for kids on Amelia Island to continue to share the love of the game of tennis and keep kids activee. "Quickstart" Lizzy was nominated and received the CTA "Volunteer of the Year" Award from USTA Florida at their Annual Meeting/Tennis Weekend on December 4th in Orlando for positively changing kids lives forever by introducing them to tennis; a game they can grow with developing life skills as well as play for their lifetime.

Y Yoga Inc. (her business) had been invited and was actively involved in the Bausch & Lomb Tennis Championships, a premier women’s professional tennis tournament, part of the worldwide Sony Ericsson WTA Tour at Amelia Island Plantation Resort each Spring; working with the players, ball kids, umpires, officials and volunteers for 5 years.

She has been instrumental in the establishment of yoga in the community, contributing her time and talents by speaking and working with many charities and organizations, introducing and sharing the many benefits of yoga.

Lizzy is a living example of the dramatic healing power of yoga. She knows first hand the ability of yoga to rehabilitate and transform your life. She offers her own inspiring story as she helps others find themselves through the study and practice of yoga. While living and working in Hawaii, she suffered and arterial gas embolism while scuba diving off the shores of Waikiki. This once highly competitive, athletic young woman found herself partially paralyzed, her coordination impaired and speech cognitive skills compromised. After numerous surgeries, years of physical and speech therapy, Liz turned to yoga, upon the encouragement of a friend and fellow yoga practitioner, in her quest to return to the active lifestyle and the activities that had been a part of her life before the accident. She now surfs, bikes, kayaks, plays competitive tennis and runs nationally recognized marathons and 1/2 marathons, triathalons, and adventure races; activities she once loved and never knew if she could do again.

Her life has been dedicated to share the power of her experience with others. Liz has studied and practiced Kripalu, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa and Bikram yoga in Hawaii, California & Brazil; integrating the more classical traditional styles of Hatha Yoga for all ages and levels of fitness and practices while encouraging others to develop and create their own style and practice. She has studied under some of the leading yoga teachers (Joseph Le Page, Rodney Yee, Shiva Rae, Baron Baptiste, Rod Stryker, Jonny Kest, and Rolf Gates…) and continues to in her pursuit of knowledge to enhance her own yoga practice. Her creation of specialty classes beach yoga, aqua yoga and kids/family yoga has introduced yoga to people who otherwise may have never been privy to the joy of yoga.

She wrote, illustrated published her first children's yoga book entitled "Yoga ABC's" and has been a featured children's author annually in the Amelia Island Book Festival.

All those around her are inspired by her warm, energetic, kind-hearted spirit. She encourages others to look deep within themselves to face their fears, embrace their emotions, discover their sense of strength, courage and determination, and see themselves as they truly are, embracing life and what it may bring.


Lizzy's Credentials

Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher (IYT)
Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance (RYT)
Yoga Fitness Instructor (YFI)
Empowerd Kids Yoga Teacher Level 1 (EKYT1)
Certified Personal Trainer (CFT)

Post Rehabilitatiion Exercise Specialist (PRES)

Children's Fitness Specialist (CFS)

USTA "QUICKSTART" Recreational Tennis Coach

Pilates Fitness Instructor (PFI)
Y Cycle (Spinning) Instructor

NEWS PRESS RELEASE! "Best of the Best!"

Y YOGA INC. is awarded the 2009 & 2010, 2011 Best of Fernandina Beach Award in Yoga Instruction category by the US Commerce Association (USCA). Each year, the US Commerce Association (USCA) identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and commmunties



In The News

Television

YIN & YANG OF TENNIS FEATURED COMCAST CHANNEL 57 Y Yoga 's Director Liz C Kawecki & Comcast Special Events Reporter discuss yoga & tennis on the beach at Amelia Island Plantation (During Bausch & Lomb Championships April 4-10, 2004)

HEALTH BENEFITS OF YOGA FEATURED ON FOX TV
Y Yoga's Director Liz C Kawecki and her "Beach Yoga" class students were featured on Fox 30 News (June 15, 2001 6 & 10 O'clock News)


Newspaper Articles
AQUA YOGA News-Leader, Fernandina Beach, Nassau Sports Section, Friday, July 29, 2005, p.1A, 14A

YOGA MAKES CONNECTION: AMELIA ISLAND Florida-Times Union, Wednesday, July 21, 2004 Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors Staff Writer

PLAYERS RECEIVE SERVICE Florida-Times Union, Friday, April 2, 2004, p.6 Jayne Krichbaum

YOGA HELPS PUT TENNIS PLAYERS IN THE ZONE Florida-Times Union, Bausch & Lomb Championships 2005 Special Advertising Section, Friday, April 1, 2005, p.4 Jill Zehler, Special Sections Writer

YOGA POWER: INSTRUCTOR SHARES YOGA'S HEALING POWER New-Leader, Fernandina Beach, December 10, 2003, p.1, 6A Alice Walsh

IN TOUCH WITH NATURE News-Leader, Fernandina Beach, Around Town Section, May 2003, p.4A Articles "Hot Fun in the Summer Sun" 'Take A Break' Amelia Islander Magazine, July 2004, p. 11 Karen Miller "Yen for Yoga: Shedding Stress by the Seashore" April/March 2004, Vol. 6, Number 5 Waters Edge Magazine "Amelia In Summertime" Amelia Now Magazine, Summer 2002, p.3

YOGA STUDIO OPENS AT GATEWAY
Florida Times-Union, Wednesday. July 9, 2003
Dickie Anderson, Nassau Neighbors Correspondent, Wednesday, July 9, 2003,p.1-2
http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/060901/nen


LIZ C. KAWECKI: SHE FINDS BEACH A GOOD SPOT TO TEACH YOGA
Florida Times-Union, Community Spotlight, Saturday, June 15, 2002
Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer

LETTING GO OF BODY, MIND: AMELIA ISLAND YOGA TEACHER OVERCOMES ADVERSITY BY TAPPING INTO INNER STRENGTH"
News-Leader, Fernandina Beach, Around Town Section, July 24, 2002
Liz Flaisig

TEACHING YOGA ON THE BEACH
Florida Times-Union, June 9, 2002
Susan P. Respess, Nassau Neighbors Staff Writer, Saturday, June 9, 2001, p.8
http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/060901/nen_6379653.shtml

MORNING BEACH WORKOUT IS PEACEFUL
Florida Times-Union, October 31st, 2001
Dickie Anderson
http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/103101/nen_7685070.shtml


Articles

�Find Your Unique Paradise: An island of many different beaches�
Amelia Islander, July 2003. Amy Rosier, p.13

"Giggles in Yoga Class: Laughing Your Way Through Poses"
The National Inspirer: Enriching Mind Body and Creative Spirit , June/July 2002 Premier Issue
Liz Kawecki

"Yoga's Popularity is Sweeping the Nation� Local Yoga Instructor Answers Questions About Yoga"
Amelia Island Living E-Magazine, May 21, 2002
http://www.ameliaislandliving.com/emagazine/publish/printer_61.shtml


Recommendations

Websites:

YOGA ALLIANCE www.yogaalliance.org
NTEGRATIVE YOGA THERAPY www.iytyogatherapy.com
B.K.S. IYENGAR INSTITUTE www.bksiyengar.com
YOGA COLLEGE OF INDIA www.bikramyoga.com
ASHTANGA YOGA RESEARCH CENTER www.ayri.com
YOGA RESEARCH AND EDUCATION CENTER www.yrec.org
KRIPALU CENTER FOR YOGA AND HEALTH www.kripalu.org
OMEGA INSTITUTE FOR HOLISTIC STUDIES www.eomega.com
YOGA INSIDE www.yogainsde.org
YOGA JOURNAL www.yogajournal.com

Books:

Feuerstein, George, Ph.d. The Yoga Tradition: Its History, Literature, Philosophy and Practice. Prescott, Arizona: Hohm Press, 1998.
Iyengar, B.K.S. Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health. London: Dorling Kindersley Limited, 2001.
Choudhury, Bikram. Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class. New York, NY: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 2000.
Baptiste, Baron. Journey Into Power. New York, NY: Fireside, 2002.
Yee, Rodney. Yoga: The Poetry of the Body. 2002
Siler, Brooke. The Pilates Body. New York, NY: Broadway Books, 2000.
Rosen, Richard. "The Yoga Breath: Step-By-Step Guide to Pranyama". Shambhala Publications, 2002.

Videos:


LIVINGarts Series www.gaiam.com


Photographer Robin Rafloski provided the original photos for this and similar images on this site.


EMAIL US: info@yyoga.com    CALL US: (904) 415-YOGA (9642)

Home    |     Lizzy    |     Classes    |     Studio

Copyright 2002 - 2010, Y Yoga Inc., All Rights Reserved

Web Site Design & Hosting by
DIGITAL VILLAGE