Aloha, I’m Liz, the founder of Primal Yoga and the Primal Alchemy Method. I’m an international yoga teacher, martial artist, catalyst coach, author, and mom dedicated to helping you find freedom through movement and supporting you in living your boldest, most empowered, embodied, and purposeful life. I’m also a certified Domestic Violence Counselor Advocate and currently serve as the West Coast Director of the nonprofit organization Purple Dot Yoga Project, which uses yoga as a healing tool to help individuals overcome the trauma of domestic violence.
I was born and raised on the island of Oahu with saltwater on my skin and Native Hawaiian blood running through my veins. My cultural heritage paired with the raw and rugged beauty of the islands ignited a fierce yearning to deeply know and explore the primal side of myself that has always existed innately within.
Physical and emotional trauma disconnected me for many years from my instinctive and intuitive nature. My soul’s work has been to recognize and metabolize my trauma in order to reclaim my body and my wholeness and help others do the same.
My healing path started when I discovered yoga almost 20 years ago. I am grateful to have been mentored and guided by so many incredible teachers along the way, earning multiple yoga certifications including a SmartFlow Yoga certification from Annie Carpenter, a Yoga Tune Up® certification from Jill Miller, and a Trauma-Informed Yoga certification from Hala Khouri and Kyra Haglund. I have also studied Yoga Nidra with Richard Miller, and completed certifications in Breathwork for Trauma Release.
In tandem with my yogic pursuits, I have also had a lifelong affinity for martial arts and have trained in several different styles, including traditional Northern-style Kung Fu, Yang-style Tai Chi, Self-Healing Qigong, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I hold a Tai Chi Quan certification from the Beijing Tai Chi and Kung Fu Academy located in Santa Monica, CA and formerly competed and medaled in local and national Kung Fu and Tai Chi competitions. The combination of my two passions led me to create Primal Yoga® in 2009, a dynamic fusion of yoga and martial arts focused on empowerment and self-healing.
My teaching career has afforded me with the privilege of traveling the world leading teacher trainings, workshops, and retreats; appearing on the covers of international magazines, including Yoga Journal, Om Yoga Magazine, Yoga Life Magazine, and Yoga & Wellness Magazine; and guided me into aligned partnerships with internationally respected brands like Under Armour and Manduka. It also led to the release of my first book, The Courage to Rise, published by HarperCollins.
But when I became a mother in 2018, my passion and vision started to get a little cloudy. A traumatic birth experience, coupled with toxic mold exposure left me feeling isolated and depleted in a way I had never experienced before. To support my recovery, I began practicing TRE® (Tension, Stress and Trauma Release), an innovative series of exercises created by Dr. David Bercelli, that assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension, and trauma. TRE® offered an expanded opportunity to deepen the practice of primal shaking that had long been a foundation of my Primal Yoga® practice.
My experience of motherhood became the bridge between everything I had learned and created up to that point and the guiding light for what was next. Giving birth had connected me in the deepest way to the primal warrior woman that was always within me, while also awakening a softer, more nurturing, and fluid side that increased my capacity to love, let go, hold space, and yield to the unpredictable flow of life. It helped me understand the unique strength, resilience, and power that all women possess and ignited a desire to create a program specifically for women.
The Primal Alchemy Method was in essence born from my own birth as a mother, but it also grew from the wisdom I have embodied through my personal healing journey of overcoming trauma, breaking free from crippling anxiety and panic disorder, and learning how to regulate my nervous system to lead a life of passion and purpose. It is the culmination of all the health and wellness tools, movement practices, and healing modalities I have lived and studied for over 15 years condensed into an accessible and transformational method to help women reawaken their primal instincts, release patterns of stress, tension and trauma from their bodies, and step into new and empowered ways of being.
It took a lot of trial and error and invention and reinvention to get here. Built into the philosophy of the method, is the permission for us all to be perfectly imperfect and ever evolving, which means that as I continue to evolve, so too will the method.
It is the deepest honor for me to help you find freedom in your body to help ignite your soul and champion you to become your own greatest healer.