My purpose on this planet is to empower people to step into their greatest strength, courage, health, and resiliency. I don’t have all the answers, but I do know this: there is a light within you. My job is simply to help remind you (and myself) that it’s there.

I know my light by way of my darkness. Trauma began shaping me at an early age, slowly grooming me into a person I didn’t like or recognize. My trauma was a masterful shape-shifter that cloaked itself in many disguises: a devastating natural disaster when I was five years old; bullying when I was a teenager; and domestic violence when I was an adult. I thought that posttraumatic stress only came with war, and since I had no combat experience to my name, I declared myself the enemy. I blamed myself for my failed relationships, my debilitating panic attacks, my anxiety, my rage, my grief, and my shame.

My path to healing has not been easy or linear. I fell into the same dark hole over and over again before I finally realized I could walk around the hole altogether. But it took falling to learn how to rise. I earned my resiliency from adversity and learned my courage from my fear.

Today, I’m a yoga teacher, martial artist, author, mom, and the creator of Primal Yoga®, a yoga/martial arts fusion class focused on empowerment and self-healing. I am also a certified Domestic Violence Advocate Counselor and the West Coast Director of the nonprofit organization Purple Dot Yoga Project, which uses yoga as a healing tool to support individuals impacted by domestic violence and trauma. I lead trauma-informed yoga teacher trainings, workshops, and retreats around the world.

I believe in hope. I believe in transformation. I believe that our biggest breakdowns can lead to our biggest breakthroughs and if we allow it, our pain can guide us to our purpose. Above all, I believe that we are our own greatest teachers and healers and our job is to simply remember to look within.

Liz Arch is an international yoga teacher, martial artist, author, mom, and the creator of Primal Yoga®, a dynamic fusion of yoga and martial arts focused on empowerment and self-healing. She is also a certified Domestic Violence Counselor Advocate and currently serves 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. She leads transformative teacher trainings, workshops, and retreats around the world.

Liz has a diverse background in several different martial arts styles including traditional Northern-style Kung Fu, Yang-style Tai Chi, Self-Healing Qigong, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. She holds a Tai Chi Quan Certification from the Beijing Tai Chi and Kung Fu Academy located in Santa Monica, CA and has competed and medaled in local and national Kung Fu and Tai Chi competitions. She holds 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.  She is also trained in Yoga Nidra and breathwork for trauma release. In addition to her movement background, she holds a plant-based nutrition certificate from Cornell’s T. Collin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies.

Liz has appeared on the covers of international magazines including Yoga JournalOm Yoga MagazineYoga Life Magazine, and Yoga & Wellness Magazine. She has also been featured in national ad campaigns for Under Armour and contributes as a health and wellness expert for MyFitnessPal, the world’s most popular health and fitness app.

She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her partner, Adam, their son, Skye, and her two rescue dogs, Nalu and Faith.

Primal Yoga

Created by Liz Arch, Primal Yoga® is a dynamic yoga and martial arts fusion style focused on empowerment and self-healing. Primal Yoga® combines movement and breath to cultivate the flow of Qi and pranic energy throughout our body. It seamlessly merges yoga with powerful and fluid movements inspired by Tai Chi, Qigong, and Kung Fu into a harmonious flow to create balance, strength and synergy in our physical and emotional bodies.

With an emphasis on breath, mindful movement, and thoughtful alignment-based sequencing, Primal Yoga® taps into our body’s own innate wisdom to unlock the healing potential within.

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Liz’s Causes

A Window Between Worlds

A Window Between Worlds is a nonprofit organization with a mission to empower individuals and communities impacted by violence and trauma through a transformative healing arts program. Since their founding in 1991, A Window Between World’s transformative arts programming has provided the creation of art as a tool for empowerment and healing to over two-hundred thousand adults and children who have experienced violence and trauma.

Purple Dot Yoga Project

Purple Dot Yoga Project is a nonprofit organization with a mission to empower and support individuals impacted by domestic violence using yoga as a healing tool. Purple Dot Yoga Project offers a variety of healing programs to help survivors become thrivers, including in-shelter yoga programs for adults and children, free one-on-one survivor yoga sessions, transformational workshops, retreats, and trauma-informed yoga teacher trainings.