About Elise Bowerman
Hi – I’m Elise!
I don't have a grand story of how I was living sick, almost at my last breath and then discovered reiki, homeopathy, aromatherapy, meditation, yoga, intuition, self-compassion, or some other holistic way to be well, etc... My story is that I've been doing "this" my whole life. I'm not new to the game. Every. Single. Day. I do "this." I find the balance of living in our modern, fast-paced society with holistic tools to keep myself and family thriving. Let me help you do the same.
As a pre-teen my mom became very granola. At the grocery store she read food labels and the nutrition facts. (Very few were doing this back in 1992!) She even used canvas bags before it was socially acceptable --- so embarrassing! As a family we regularly visited a Classical Homeopath to stay well and heal. By taking the time to ask questions, in addition to researching, my mom instilled a strong foundation within me to do the same.
For over 20 years I’ve carried on my mom’s curiosity and diligence in finding the truth to thriving in this life; instead of just surviving. I've found the key is having a collaborative approach to staying well. There is no “one” way to do something... and what might work for a while may need to change into another method as we continue to heal, grow and gather information.
By no means am I offering medical advice or saying I know it all. I am constantly learning new things every day; just like you. I’m devoted to living well and existing consciously with our environment.
Since 2009 I have been teaching Hatha, Vinyasa, and Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga in group and private classes. My personal practice started in 1999, at the age of 18. As a Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 200 and RYT 500) I have taught athletes, people with limited mobility, or healing from medical treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation, along with folks looking for a new method to maintain or improve health.
As a classically trained dancer, and having received a B.S. in Dance (Pre-Dance/Movement Therapy) I have a strong foundation in anatomy and physiology, along with an understanding of psychology. You'll find our time spent together offers a connection between the physical body and emotional body. These two bodies are deeply intertwined. You'll be invited to look at yourself on subtle levels with curiosity and compassion.
My focus is on empowering women in their childbearing years. As a mother of two and a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT), I've witnessed the need for greater encouragement during this time in a growing family's life. Our modern culture has lost the value of having a village. We’re seeing it in our young families as they mature. Depressed and anxious parents are barley getting through each day; and it needs to stop. It’s not fair to anyone involved.
Women – mothers – are the backbone of the family. They are the matriarch. The decisions the matriarch makes lasts for generations after. It’s an honor to support these women as they care for themselves, their children, partners, and families.
By helping women *and men* understand what pregnancy, birthing, and parenthood is about on all levels (mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually) they then gain a greater sense of self and responsibility to this life-changing process. No woman *or man* is the same after their child is born.
Each time I teach I have three objectives to convey:
- Everyone’s feelings are valid and true.
- Each person has the skills to contribute positively to this village.
- There are always choices and options – keep searching until you find what you’re looking for.
Prior to becoming a yoga teacher I had about 20 years of dance training; and was an executive assistant with 15 years spent in the corporate industry. You can learn more about my yoga training here.
8 things you might not know about me
- I am really good at painting my own nails.
Ambidexterity is apparent in my nail work. The right-hand nails look just as good as the left-hand nails.
- I am curious about everything!
On more than one occasion I’ve been guilty of asking “too personal” of questions to acquaintances. If that happens to you, I apologize. Just tell me it’s personal. I truly am curious about the way people think, and why we do the things we do!
- I'm an introvert.
It's kinda funny how I enjoy being on stage and teaching large groups, yet, in daily life I love to observe others and require plenty of time to myself.
- My son was named 10 years before he was born.
When I was in high school (and I’m sure I knew it before that) I told my mom my son’s name would be Luc. I also have an affinity for anything French, so his name was perfect!
- I can de-clutter and organize in a snap!
At least twice a year I go through my belongings and willingly donate whatever I haven't used within the last year or two. I find it cathartic and it gives me a high.
- I almost pursued a business degree instead of dance.
Just one of many experiences of trusting my gut, instead of intellect, to guide me to the next phase of my life.
- Fine red wine is my weakness.
'07 Jarvis and Caymus, and Beaux Frères are at the top of my list.
- I met my husband at a bar.
True love will find you – wherever you’re at – when you’re ready.
My wise local yoga teachers / influencers (in alpha order) include:
- Laurel Hicks, MSW, RSW, CLD, and founder of Mindful MamasTM
- Linda Makowski, owner of Namasté Yoga
- Nancy McCoachan, Yoga at the Wall author and Kundalini Yoga teacher
- Ronda Pretzlaff-Diegel, LCP, Enneagram teacher, and developed Yoga for the Emotional Body
- Katherine Schaefer, Vedic astrologer and yoga as therapy teacher
- Valerie Weir astrologer and Kundalini Yoga teacher
You'll find me in Southeast Michigan with my husband, Jon, two children, and dog, Maya.
We are a cuddling, movie watching family. Star Wars is a continuous theme as our son innately knows everything about it. (Jon and I are learning from the master... and it's better than we thought!)
Certifications and Degrees
Registered Prenatal Yoga School (RPYS), 2017 - Present
Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP)
Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 200 (E-RYT 200)
Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training (RPYT), Mindful MamasTM, 2015
Advanced Yoga Studies Program (RYT 500), Namasté Yoga, 2014
Intermediate, Nutrition Response TestingSM, Ulan Nutritional Systems, 2012
YogaShala (RYT 200), Namasté Yoga, 2009
Medical Intuitive Training Level I, Seer Holistic Health Associates, 2006
Certified Feng Shui Consultant, Pillars of Chi, 2005
Reiki Level II Practitioner, Gary S. Cobb, 2004
Bachelor of Science, Eastern Michigan University, 2004
- Major: Dance, Minor: Psychology (Pre-Dance/Movement Therapy)
- with honors: Cum Laude
Yoga Alliance, 2009-Present
BirthNetwork National, 2015-Present
CAPPA: Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association, 2015-Present
Annual Survey by the independent research organization NORC at the University of Chicago, 1997-Present