Tell us a little bit about yourself!
My name is Elizabeth, I grew up in the countryside in the south of England and have spent the past ten years living and working in the creative industries in London. Last year I left my job in England to train in yoga and travel through Asia and Indonesia finally to reach Australia. Currently, I’m living in Bali for a few months.
When and how did you encounter yoga for the first time?
I was introduced to yoga after struggling to find a way to cope with having M.E (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic fatigue syndrome). I was living in London, working for a magazine in the fashion industry with very little rest, yoga became the only time I had for myself.
What style of yoga do you practice or teach?
I trained in Ashtanga Vinyasa. I teach Vinyasa flow which enables me to be creative and my Ashtanga training has given me a strong focus on alignment. Balance is very important to me so I also love yin and restorative, they can be so powerful sometimes more important than our asana practice.
What does your personal practice look like?
I love to move organically and feel what my body wants so it varies day to day!
Do you remember your first ever yoga class? Share it with us!
I was really struggling at the time, both emotionally and physically. I was really needing an escape from my job and after the class, I felt such a deep sense of solace, during savanasa I just wept. I knew it was a going to be an incredible journey for me and I haven’t looked back since!
What is the most beautiful place that you have ever practiced yoga?
Gosh, whilst traveling around Asia for the past six months it would be very difficult to pick just one visually beautiful place! The Shala where I did my training in Goa, India probably would be my favorite, not just because of the views overlooking the ocean but because of the beautiful souls I spent the month with.
What is your favorite asana and why?
Virabhadrasana II (Warrior 2) I feel so powerful in this pose yet graceful at the same time, such a beautiful balance between the two.
How has yoga made a difference to your life?
Yoga has completely changed my perspective on the world, my feelings towards others and towards myself. From my very first yoga practice I felt a deeper connection to myself, which prior to this point I had barely given any time to. My focus had been external, I began to reevaluate certain aspects of my life and my behaviour and soon felt a real positivity in my outlook. I have developed changes that I believe allow me to lead a more compassionate, fulfilling way of life.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am working on creating a guide and information for people suffering with chronic fatigue. I am passionate about holistic therapies and I want to help others using my own experiences, offering yoga and personal consultations and to help others find confidence in ways heal naturally.
What is your craziest travel experience?
Whilst in Thekkady in the south of India we went trekking through one of the national parks and ended up coming across a herd of wild elephants. They weren’t happy to see us, so we spent 45 minutes hiding up a tree until they moved on! Afterwards, our guidetold us they would never of taken us if they knew that herd was in the area as they are known for charging at humans!
Where is your favorite destination?
What’s your travel style?
I believe in traveling slowly and consciously. Using local trains and buses to get around, really living in a place rather than traveling through.
What are your future travel plans?
My partner and I are moving to the East Coast of Australia in a few months to make a new home for a while and explore that side of the world!
If you could re-live five minutes of any trip, what would it be?
Paddle boarding through the limestone karsts in Lan Ha Bay, Vietnam at sunset. The water was completely still and we didn’t see a soul for over an hour. It was extremely serene and meditative.
Aside from the obvious essentials, what can you absolutely not travel without?
Yoga mat and my camera.
What is your greatest personal accomplishment?
So far, I think finding the courage to leave London and try to create the life I dreamt of living.
What’s the strangest job you have had in your life?
Working in the fashion industry was pretty strange on a day to day basis! It’s almost not real life!
If you could go back and tell your younger self one thing, what would it be?
To not be afraid of the unknown or what others might think. Be who you want to be, and do exactly what you want to do.
What are your favorite books?
Forever changes, for the moment I love reading Nayyirah Waheed’s poems from her book Salt.
What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?
My dad always tells me to just go for it, even when I’m terrified. He’s always right.
What is the name and URL of your website?
It’s my name, www.elizabeth-curtis.com
When did you start your website?
Only a few months ago so it’s very new!
Why do you blog?
I wanted to create something that encompasses every part of my personality, mixing my
creativity with writing about wellness, mindfulness, and yoga through my own
experiences in the hope to inspire and help others.
What bloggers inspire you?
I love Katie’s writing from thetravelinglight.com, she has a wonderful way with words, as
well as beautiful imagery. She really stands apart from many travel blogs.
Quietraveller.com created by Michaela Cisney is a collaborative website for like-minded
souls who prefer to travel consciously and mindfully. I love her ethic and something I
really resonate with myself.
Barefoot wandering barefootwandering.com for beautiful yoga imagery.
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