Cultivate joy as you would a dear friendship.
– Wayne Teasdale
Reden Yoga is the name I gave to the heart- and brain-child I've been developing since 1999, a year marked with significance for me. It was the year I came face-to-face with the choice we all must make at some point: do you choose to make a life of joy or struggle through a life of pain?
During that time of intense personal introspection, I was fortunate to discover a symbol called the mandorla ("almond" in Italian). The mandorla is the image created by two intersecting circles. The image symbolizes the intersection of humanity and divinity and it became a safe haven of rest, peace, and joy for me.
Time spent with the image of the mandorla unveiled a joyful calm deep within me. I decided to name the newfound feeling "reden"--a re-Edening of the world--a place of joyful connection between the human and the divine, be it physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual.
Wayne Teasdale wrote the above words in response to Mechthild of Magdeburg's definition of God, "Who is God? God is the meaning for my joy, [and] a gladsome joy to my being." Reden Yoga is the product of my efforts to cultivate this dear friendship with joy.
About Elizabeth Miller
Know who you are, and do it on purpose. – Dolly Parton
Elizabeth Miller is a certified teacher in the viniyoga tradition through American Viniyoga Institute and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She has been practicing yoga for nearly 20 years. While she considers her life with family, friends, and students her best teacher, she has also studied extensively with Gary Kraftsow.
In addition to her yogic studies, Elizabeth received a Bachelor's degree in English Literature with special emphasis in Religious Studies and Visual Arts (Otterbein College). She holds certification in Thai Yoga Massage from the Lotus Palm School in Montreal, Canada; Nerve Touch in Chiang Mai, Thailand; and the Sunshine Network in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In 2015, Elizabeth received certification as Grief Recovery Specialist through the Grief Recovery Institute.
Prior to starting Reden, Elizabeth worked for several years with the Omega Institute, a leader in holistic education based in Rhinebeck, New York, and The Crossings, a progressive learning center just outside Austin, Texas. Through work with these progressive centers of education, Elizabeth has been able to learn and incorporate seeds of wisdom from many traditions in her classes and private sessions.
Like many others, Elizabeth's path to yoga came from a desire to become healthier in body, mind, and spirit after a series of challenging life experiences while living in the mountains of northwest Colorado. Elizabeth's gentle, yet powerful, teaching style helps students accept themselves as they are and uncover their sacred perfection. Following Vedic teachings honoring the five dimensions of humanity, Elizabeth weaves practices that touches the physical, mental, energetic, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of our being.