Elizabeth Ritoli

Liz discovered yoga in 1974 while her infant son and toddler daughter napped. Lilias Folan’s afternoon television asana practices were grounding and spiritually nourishing. Thirty-plus years later, after studying with various teachers in school gyms and studios, she completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training. Along the way she played music with friends and family, sewed costumes, section hiked the Appalachian Trail, raised chickens and kept bees, kayaked the Virginia rivers, became a licensed massage therapist, taught massage and yoga classes, completed Kathryn Templeton’s Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist training, and always fed her family delicious meals. In early 2010, after reading Yoga International for many years, Liz found her way to the Himalayan Institute to study Living Tantra with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait. As her 35-year career in the printing industry winds down, she will spend more time at the Institute studying, learning about life, and supporting the Himalayan Institute’s mission.