Elise, I cannot tell you how much you have changed my life. Your words have touched me deeply. I will forever be thankful for you bringing yoga into my life. You are a true sister!
With much love,
I have a little yoga secret which needs to be released to the universe: THE BEST yoga teacher is here in Southern Utah and her name is Elise Mitchell.
Who knew?! And…who knew our paths would cross?
During the 13 years of my on-again-off-again yoga practice and learning from 8 different yoga teachers during those years, I’ve had the opportunity to experience different gifts and styles of teachers.
Elise’s deep knowledge of yoga, coupled with extensive pre-med physiology knowledge, along with her compassion for individuals and “approachability” is an amazing and truly gifted combination.
Recently, I ran into two other students of Elise’s at a community event and we all spontaneously gushed effusively about Elise’s abilities (“she’s such a great teacher”, “she really dials into my particular need”). One of her many gifts includes helping each individual student with particular areas; all of us feeling her love, compassion and wisdom, and none of us feeling chagrined or “called out”.
Hmmm, I thought, it’s definitely time to share this yoga secret with the world.
Elise typically starts class with “Is there anything specific you want to work on?”. In a recent class, my back was feeling achy and twisted, and with a history of back problems in my life I jump on it when I feel the slightest twinge. Elise effortlessly modified the class, its postures and poses, and my back unwound and stretched out, it was the big “ahhhhh”.
The following week, Elise asked again if there was anything anyone wanted to work on. I kept silent because I felt the last class had been modified for my specific need. Guess what? Three other students spoke up about their lower back! Guess what was even more impressive? Elise spontaneously developed an entirely separate curriculum of postures, poses and stretches for the lower back.
Yes, it’s definitely time to share this yoga secret with the world.
I want you to know how much you have changed my life. Before I came to you, I was a very sad person. My physical pain had taken over my life along with the pills that I took to "deal" with the pain. I was hopeless about myself and about life. When I met you and participated in my first yoga class, it was the first time in a VERY long time that I felt hope. Before class even started, you showed me your scar and I instantly knew I was meant to be in Utah for a reason.
After a few classes, I began to have relief from pain -- physical and emotional. A few classes later, I walked out of one session in particular and felt NO pain. I still have my bad days but with your strength, talent, and love for what you do, I knew for the first time in a long time that I had a fighting chance at life. You are such an inspiration! You have helped me appreciate life, indulge life, and love life again.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you have done for me in my life and in my recovery! I wish you the best and will never forget you!
I have taken classes that focused either on the physical benefits or the mental and spiritual benefits. It wasn't until I had the opportunity to work with you that I came to truly understand the inner-related nature of the internal and external self.
You teach the necessity of mindfulness in order to master the physical and vice versus. You teach how the strength of the physical body allows our spirit to overcome the pitfalls of life by freeing it from the limitations and frailties of the physical body.
You have encouraged me to push myself to go deeper in my yogic practice and experience. The time I spent with you is one of deep reflection and awareness. I am grateful for the gentle way you take me to a place of peace, strength, and balance.
You taught me how to surrender, to let go, and to honor my feelings. I have so much to learn but I am so grateful to trod my journey of self-discovery with such an able and passionate guide!
"Elise's class was my first real experience with Yoga and it totally changed my perception and made me a true believer. Her classes encourage you to push yourself, but to listen to and really try to understand your body. It helps you to grow in strength, and flexibility, but more importantly, it helps you find this very special spirituality. Elise doesn't just teach Yoga, she really knows it, because she loves it. These classes helped me in ways I never thought they could, I pushed myself, I listened to what she had to offer, I sweat like crazy, and my mind was opened to what yoga could bring me. The guided meditations were life changing, and I'm so appreciative of the opportunities I had to learn from her. It's not so much about the physical, it's more about the mental, the emotional, and the spiritual benefits you gain. Taking her classes for 3 months changed my life and helped me to start down this new path and I'll never go back. Thank you Elise!"
"I met Elise at resident rehab. Due to a disease in my back, I was mostly crippled and using large amounts of pain medication to control the constant pain. Part of the rehab program was Yoga. At this point, all I knew about yoga was that skinny guys, wearing loin cloths that look like diapers, sit on the ground and contort their bodies in ungodly ways. I was very pleased to find out that this wasn't true. Elise taught me that yoga is all about strength and flexibility. She very patiently worked with me, and others, to put our bodies back together. She never pushed us too hard to cause any more pain. In fact, she encouraged us to back off if we were in too much pain. Elise taught me how to meditate, and find inner peace. Her laugh and passion is so infecting that makes you want to keep practicing yoga. Before I left rehab, I didn't have to use my cane to walk and my pain is in control. I’m still using yoga to keep my body working. I attribute this to Elise and her getting me into yoga."
You have inspired me to be a confident, independent, intelligent young woman who wants to go out into the world and travel, and help make changes. You helped me to be excited about life again.
I hope that you continue to help and inspire people as you have helped and inspired me. You have truly changed my life.