About Me

I was born and raised in Queens New York, a sea of cultural diversity that strongly influenced my interest in world teachings. When I moved to Upstate New York to pursue education in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, I retreated into the breathtaking landscape to heal as part of, and in reverence to, the natural world. As I deepened my healing process, mending wounds of disordered patterns which haunted my inner landscape, mindfulness became my guide. My practice is inspired by my time spent in nature and education in various yoga and somatic systems for over a decade. My experience leading classes, workshops and trainings in Hatha and Thai Yoga and commitment to life studentship in the field fuels my desire to continuously share these practices. 

My hatha yoga studies officially began in 2006 through the Ashtanga system, primarily with Michael Stein, owner of Ashtanga Yoga in New Paltz, NY. I received my RYT-200 through this lineage in 2011 and have been teaching yoga regularly ever since. I began training within the Embodied Flow™ system in 2015, and received my RYT-500 in January 2017.  Founded by master teachers Tara Judelle and Scott Lyons, Embodied Flow™ explores movement through fusion of somatic exploration, tantric philosophy and hatha yoga to experience yoga as a living art form.

An interest in holistic health and native healing arts led me to yoga therapy through the SomaVeda® College of Natural Medicine: Thai Yoga Center with a focus on Indigenous Thai Medicine and Thai Yoga Therapy. I graduated the 1025 hr. SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Teacher program in 2015. I fuse my skills in somatic movement therapy with Thai Yoga Therapy to lead training and certification workshops, classes and retreats all over the world.

I am also a year-round instructor for Wild Earth, a wilderness education school in the Hudson Valley. I facilitate nature based programming for all ages with a focus on wildcrafting and woodworking.

I am blessed to call the intentional community Deer Creek Collective in Accord NY my home. Deer Creek is a collaborate effort to live in deep connection to the natural world. Upon Deer Creek land I support growth of organic herbs for use within my Integrative Thai Yoga Therapeutic practice.

I lead therapeutic programs for individuals seeking to deepen their connection to self through yogic wisdom and indigenous healing practices. Specializing in woman’s healthcare, I strive to support development of holistic self care practices rooted in Thai Ayurveda and Western folk herbalism. 

I am dedicated to liberating the spirit which lies within each of us. Visit my blog, to read more stories and tools for radical self care and awareness of how we nourish ourselves and each other .


Elizabeth Gross (BA, CATP, CTI, RYT)

Certifications

  • Bachelor of Arts in Women & Gender Studies from SUNY New Paltz (BA)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Italian Cultural Studies from SUNY New Paltz (BA)
  • SomaVeda™ Certified Advanced Thai Yoga Practicioner (CATP)
  • SomaVeda™ Certified Thai Yoga Instructer (CTI)
  • Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 500)
  • Embodied Flow™ Yoga Teacher
 

SomaVeda™ Thai Yoga Therapy and Embodied Flow™ Yoga

One-on-One Healing Sessions

My private SomaVeda™ Thai Yoga Therapy and Embodied Flow™ Yoga sessions take a holistic approach to healing. I focus on creating a safe space to release negative emotions and invite loving kindness into the present moment. Private sessions are extremely beneficial for individuals who want to begin or effectively improve an already existing practice. These one-on-one sessions are perfect for seasoned yogis and beginners alike, offering in-depth attention to detail and modification according to your personal needs.

Private  Sessions

New York City

Wednesdays

Union Square Health Collective

32 Union Square East, Suite 615 North
New York, NY 10003

 

Private  Sessions

Mid Hudson Valley

TUESdays + FRIdays 

The Living Seed Yoga and Holistic Health Center

521 Main Street, New Paltz, NY 12561

 



Client + Student

Testimonials

Elizabeth is my Thai Yoga massage therapist, yoga teacher, and is an amazing yogini wise beyond her years. She breathes life into her bodywork and helped me transmute my pain body into a healing tool by educating me and encouaging me in using mindfulness practices. Her bodywork helped me to connect, uncover and release layers of blocked emotional pain stored in my physical being. I love how she supplements her practice with custom made creams and tinctures to further support the healing journey.
— Salwa Khouri, MD

Having Elizabeth as a teacher has gave me a more detailed understanding of what I should embody as a Thai Yoga Practitioner. Not only is she very knowledgeable about what she does, but extremely devoted to her practice. She has her own unique way of teaching that is clear and easy to understand, that will enable you to retain all that you learn so that you too can become a practitioner of Thai Yoga.
— R.B., Thai Yoga Practitioner

I have completed two programs of Thai Yoga Massage with Elizabeth and I feel very lucky to have done so. For starters, the massage is wonderful. The consultations have been key in helping me develop tools for a healthier and more mindful self. For someone who enjoys holistic health care, Elizabeth is particularly perceptive in her diagnosis and suggestions for change that are obtainable and sustainable. I highly recommend her Thai Yoga Program or trying a single treatment.
— Josh Baur, Private Chef

I enjoyed very much learning from Elizabeth. She was very knowledgeable, concise, and straightforward in her instruction. I admired her composure and professional attitude, it was very inspiring. I hope to exemplify these qualities myself as a future instructor.
— Melanie Reupke, LMT

I had the pleasure of training under Elizabeth in Florida during my CTP-1 SomaVeda certification program. She is an extremely effective Thai Yoga teacher because of her calm and gentle nature. She is concise and corrects errors with gracious ease.
— Maureen Hughes, PhD

Elizabeth’s yoga classes always seem to be exactly what I need, both spiritually and physically. Her classes have helped me stay grounded, challenged my body, and inspired my spirit. Her deep connection and gratitude toward the Earth are what makes her classes so special. The love she shares for the practice, and her skills to teach all levels, as well as her beautiful spirit are what make each session so inspiring!
— Rebecca Houser, Educator

I can feel Ellie’s dedication to herself, as a teacher, and in return the magnitude of the work itself. She’s helped me find a ‘homey’ place to rest in my body. When I first entered Ellie’s class, I remember a sweetness in the air. I felt held in her presence; that I had entered a safe field of exploration. I felt a breathe of freshness over my whole body system, as I was encouraged to explore internally, at my own pace.
— Samantha Defeo, Yoga Student

I love Elizabeth’s classes. I can always be ‘me.’ No matter what kind of mood I am in, however I am feeling about myself, I always know that by the end of class I will feel better. She has an extremely kind soul and I trust her knowledge and level of care in yoga. I feel safe to practice at my own pace and am encouraged to be brave, to try new things and laugh when they don’t go as expected!
— Geraldine Hughes, Actress

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