Because One Size Does Not Fit All (if pigeon pose on fire escapes isn’t your thing, let’s discover what is.)
Whether your movement of choice is on a yoga mat, Pilates reformer, spin bike or a running path, it’s easy to get lost in the crowd. Things get overlooked. Attention isn’t paid.
You get stuck in a practice that isn’t deepening, a body that is all twinges and aches, a state of mind that’s sluggish when it should be soaring.. you’re losing faith in movement as a solution.
Breath & Bones is here to focus on you. And you alone. So you can get unstuck. Go deeper. Kick to the curb those habits that get in your way and swap in some healthier ones (that you’ll actually enjoy).
Rooted in the belief that everybody and every body needs a tune-up or a jump-start now and again to stay healthy inside and out, Breath & Bones provides body refinement tailored to your experience, your level of fitness and your goals. Through a customized blend of yoga, Pilates, Thai massage and other bodywork, guided meditation and habit-changing support, Breath and Bones provides a total mind-body experience that soothes, heals and inspires.
Come to my cozy studio in a historic building near Union Square. Or, I’ll meet you at your home or office, or even on your fire escape.
Embraces the mind/body interplay.
As a graduate of the school of hard knocks and esteemed institutions as well as a longtime student of Buddhism, Liz recognizes that finding true comfort, health and happiness in one’s body has to do with more than perfecting crane pose. Comfort in your own skin also means releasing and shifting toxic thoughts and behavioral patterns.
Infusion of personal experience.
Liz knows the struggle that many of us face. She has gone from failing to honor her own body to learning how to nurture and heal herself, and she’s passionate about guiding others who are on this journey.
Mindful bodywork crossing modalities.
Liz has studied with true masters of yoga, Pilates, Thai massage and human anatomy and, in return, she draws from the teachings of Sri Pattabhi Jois and others to bring inspiration and healing to a new generation.
Customization is the key to deepening clients’ well being.
Unlike many yoga teachers or massage practitioners who have one single rigid method, Liz takes an approach that is fluid, ever changing and highly individualized. Every session with Liz is tailored to what your needs are, and what you want to achieve, that very moment to move towards your goal.
Growing up in a family of artists gave her a rich field of vision. Seeing the human body on paper and canvas awakened Liz to the beauty of its form. And, it piqued a curiosity about how the body moved and worked in three dimensions. She soon began to satisfy that curiosity through yoga. Her family lived across the street from the Guru Ram Das Ashram and Liz ultimately began her dedicated yoga practice in 1996. She deepened her practice by studying with Sri Pattabhi Jois and Dharma Mittra as well as at Jivamukti Yoga with David Life and Sharon Gannon. In 2004 Liz completed her teaching training with Adrienne Burke at Atmanada Yoga. Her training in mat and equipment Pilates supported her practice and also deepened her understanding of functional fitness.
Liz began her study of Thai Massage at the Swedish Institute in New York. Falling in love with the modality and its potential to heal the human body, she went on to study at renowned institutions in Thailand. She fell in love with Buddhism at age 16 and more formally committed to the path in 2004. Liz is dedicated to seeing the world change in ways that are sustainable for us all. And that process, she likes to say, starts now and begins within.
Liz teaches and shares from personal experience. She’s open about her own struggles, and proud of the path she has taken from excess to nurturing body and spirit back to health.
There was a time when I ran so hard from any discomfort I found myself on a constant roller coaster.
I would seek freedom, inspiration, energy, sometimes even health (or, so, I thought) through instant gratification.
But what I saw as the “answer” was leading me farther and farther away from where I wanted to be: in a place where I was happy, joyous and free.
Today, I relish the journey, I embrace attainable results and I remain teachable; yes, even as a teacher. I know the waves in life are meant to be ridden, not dodged. I love instilling healthy habits in others and watching as people blossom, with some flowers emerging immediately, others over time.
Assess and Align Elixir
In this introductory session, we’ll take a look at how you move, discuss what’s going on in your life and then prescribe your personalized blend of movement and bodywork.
At Breath & Bones you don’t have to choose. This session combines Yoga and Pilates for the body refinement cocktail that’s perfect for you.
Through affirmations and guided meditation, we’ll hit the reset button to keep you on a journey to well-being as you head out the door.
Recovering from an injury? Or just a few too many late nights? Put yourselves in my hands and together we’ll kick-start your healing with a combination of massage, movement and guided meditation.
We’ll get the toxins moving out of your body with a combination of movement and massage. Plus, I’ll put you on the path to true happiness with some mental conditioning that will help you start to shift away from those drag-you-down patterns of behavior and thinking.
Just show up. I’ll create a body-refinement session that is just what you need (whether you know it or not), mixing up yoga, Pilates, free weights, guidance in breathing, meditation and flexibility. Feel better already, right?
Just you, the mat and me. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced student, I’ll work with you on fine-tuning your postures, breathwork and approach to the practice.
How you sit, how you stand, how you walk, bend, even the position you assume in bed–all have a huge impact on how your body feels and your energy levels. I’ll offer some simple life-changing tweaks.
I’ll guide you in the methods of deep breathing that support relaxation, meditation, and deepening your yoga practice.
In this duet session, I’ll lead you and yours through partner yoga poses and stretches then teach you some couples massage techniques that you can practice at home because, as we all know, practice makes purr-fect!
Mark a special occasion–or make a special occasion–with a Breath & Bones mash-up of well-being. I’ll create a group mix of movement, meditation and more that will leave everyone blissfully buzzed. Bonus: no hangover the next day!
Thai massage is a form of assisted yoga and stretching that is about as blissful an experience as you can have with your clothes on (that’s right, no disrobing necessary). With expertise in both southern style Wat Po massage and the northern style–and a deep knowledge of Chinese pressure points, Thai sen lines and hatha yoga asana stretches– I’ll customize a Thai Massage that will leave you both relaxed and invigorated.
Your private Pilates session (whether you’re a newbie or a Pilates pro). Using a wide range of Pilates equipment–including the Reformer, Tower, Jump-board Exo Chair and more–I’ll give you one-on-one training in this powerful form of body conditioning and physical therapy, guiding you to a stronger core, better posture and long, lean muscles.
I can bring all of the services and programs described above to your home or office.
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Elevator and concierge
Quiet and very private with comfortable waiting room.
Available for use at the studio:
Balanced Body Studio Reformer with Tower/convertible to Cadillac, jump-board, extender, Exo Chair, Pilates Arc, yoga mats, bolster, stability balls, rollers, free weights, flex bars, straps, blocks and other props- more than you will ever need in a session!
Massage table, Thai massage mat and media speakers
Studio dimensions: 200 square feet
high ceilings and over-sized windows
3 blocks south of Union Square near all public transportation
Building is open 7-11 weekdays and 9-6 Saturdays. Sundays and major holidays are not available.
Contact me for rental inquires and package options. email@example.com
YOGA opens a path to greater flexibility, strength, focus and understanding of one’s body. Faith in possibility grows as we break through habitual movement patterns and find new freedom and ease- ease being the meaning of the sanskrit term, “asana” or pose.
PILATES utilizes the exercises developed by Joseph Pilates. Both the work on the mat and on the equipment profoundly strengthen the core as well as other parts of the body. Pilates supports a yoga practice seamlessly. Find the ability to go further into poses empowered with the knowledge of what your physical body is and can be doing. The joints become less vulnerable to injury as the surrounding muscles strengthen.
THAI MASSAGE takes you from subtle to broader movements and deeper work. Any level of flexibility can benefit from this modality. It’s assisted yoga that brings new light to your own practice, but you do not need to be a yogi at all to receive it. Each session leaves you relaxed yet invigorated.
We practice both southern style Wat Po massage and northern style drawing from each what works for your individual body type and issues. Incorporated are Chinese pressure points, Thai sen lines and Indian hatha yoga asana-based stretches reflecting the cultures blended in Thailand.
Divide to conquer your back pain! Divide your bags to even the weight you carry throughout the day. More time than you think is spent with your body conditioning itself to support that one side you keep working!
Wear your heart on your sleeve just a little. Convey who you are to be met with honest reactions. Your external world will come to match your internal world.
Stand up mindfully. Extend one foot forward, lean into it and push off the BACK leg. Follow your head up for happier hips! See how often each day you can work it into your life.
Subway Pilates. Parallel feet. Lower your center of gravity and let go! Engage your core to support. Watch the short stops!
Body Scan! What’s firing in your body right now due to tension and not INtention? Release it! If you can’t put a finger on it- exhale and drop your shoulders.
Laugh! Laughter grounds you and connects you to others. It also releases endorphins, protects the heart by increasing blood flow, boosts the immune system and leaves your muscles relaxed! Can’t find the humor where you are right now? Lighten up!
Feeling run down? Stop running. That includes those thoughts of “you should be/might just be able to do that thing”. You’ll be feeling better sooner than if you did that thing!
Just like us. Many in the lineage of Buddhist masters were living, breathing people who struggled. They were intellectuals, farmers, people with families and some even murderers. All kinds of people with everyday problems have sought enlightenment. What do you seek? What limits you?
Read! Busy with life and daily physical practices? Don’t neglect to feed your whole being. What are you reading?
I’m looking forward to this coming.. Yoga Journal LIVE! in
BALANCING THE WHEELS: A Practical Guide to Chakras in Yoga and Life by Sarah Thomas Gulden illustrated by Liz Kresch $27 read the Elephant Journal review!
© Breath and Bones, LLC 2014