Liz Maynard, yoga and movement instructor, meditation leader
Liz Maynard began her exploration of movement and spirituality in earnest as part of her process of healing from the emotional and physical challenges of graduate school. She studied art history at Tufts University and University of Chicago, and received her PhD from McGill University in 2014. After years of chronic pain and developing sciatica during the last stages of writing her dissertation, she completed the Forrest Yoga teacher training and found a new direction in her passion for pedagogy and embodiment. Her initial foray into an intentionally mindful spirituality, however, was through an Institute of Jewish Spirituality weeklong silent meditation in 2013, and she has since completed their Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training, and weaves meditation and intentionally mindful movement into her personal yoga practice and her teaching.
She also teaches art history at Rhode Island College and RISD, with a focus on representations of the body and embodiment, and the sympathetic impact of engaging with depictions of trauma. Of particular interest is her consideration of mindfulness and meditation as potential forms of methodology, for a more ethical and sustainable mode of critical engagement. These days she spends her time in pursuit of the marriage of her academic expertise and curiosities and her passion for wisdom based in embodied practices, in addition to her work as a yoga teacher and craniosacral practitioner.