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.
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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
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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)
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
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
TEACHING YOGA ON THE BEACH
Florida Times-Union, June 9, 2002
Susan P. Respess, Nassau Neighbors Staff Writer, Saturday, June
9, 2001, p.8
MORNING BEACH WORKOUT IS PEACEFUL
Florida Times-Union, October 31st, 2001
�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
"Yoga's Popularity is Sweeping the Nation� Local Yoga Instructor Answers Questions About Yoga"
Amelia Island Living E-Magazine, May 21, 2002
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