Changing Lives

"I have a new found love for this community and pregnancy - which I never knew existed. Thank you! You have changed and deepened my perspective."
- Kelly | Farmington Hills

"I really look forward to baby and me yoga. Your prenatal class was one of my highlights throughout pregnancy..."
- Sarah | Northville

"I just want to thank you for 6 months of great classes!  I've learned so much from you and the other mommas.  I don't know how I would have made it though this pregnancy without your class!!"
- Alyssa | Plymouth

"Elise, I wanted to say Thank you so much. Your class tonight was amazing for me. What you spoke about on gratitude deeply resonated within me... I am truly thankful to have met such a sparkling spirit with an internal light that just beams thru your Yoga practice. Thank you once again for sharing your practice with myself and others. It is people like yourself that make this world a brighter place."
- Dennis | Livonia | Gentle Yoga student

"I am in my sixties and I love [Elise's] yoga class. There are a lot of benefits just coming to her class, more flexibility, offer tools to live well and happy in this modern world, calm down and release stress. These are some of the benefits that receive coming to her class.

This class is not only for younger, older and pregnant people, any age can benefit for her class. She is an excellent teacher, caring about the needs of any age group and also pregnant ladies. I would recommend this class to anyone."
- Lily N., Gentle Yoga student, 2014

"Elise Bowerman’s gentle yoga class is just that for me…gentle….gentle on my mind, gentle on my body, and gentle on my heart. Throughout the practice, I am guided by Elise’s gentle voice inviting me to make my yoga practice my own without competition and leaving outside distractions behind. Her words are steeped with knowledge of yoga beliefs along with the correct positioning and make-up of the physical body. Every time I come to my mat with Elise as the instructor, it feels like something that she says is something I needed to hear that day. I leave class feeling grateful for another hour of gentle yoga with Elise."
- Rosanne S., Gentle Yoga student, 2014

"This was my first yoga class (ever.) I attend the gentle yoga class. The instructor was wonderful, informative, and patient... I highly recommend."
- Anonymous, review on Groupon of Elise's class at Livonia Yoga Center, 2014

"Thank you so much for coming in to teach yoga to our students! They had so much fun! You did an excellent job captivating their attention and engaging their minds and bodies. We appreciate your hard work! Many Thanks!"
- Cranbrook Schools Pre-K teachers | Bloomfield Hills

"After a two year absence from yoga, I returned to it wondering about the shape I was in. My first class back was with Elise at Livonia Yoga Center. Elise has a special approach, one of gentle encouragement and supportive guidance in moving to one's edge. She emphasizes the breath which helps me so much. From the breath, I can move without strain, can improve my endurance and assure the mind, body, heart connection. Sometimes Elise opens and closes with a reading that focuses my intention; sometimes she enhances a pose by softly saying my name and recommending an adjustment which makes a huge difference in the benefit of the pose. Always her voice is soothing and encouraging, her guidance is on target and enriches my practice. I am very grateful for the welcoming she has given me, the grace she offers us all in her classes, and the desire to continue that she inspires in me."
- Linda T., Gentle Yoga student, 2014

"Having Elise as my mentor for yoga training was truly a blessing. I spent 3 months observing, taking, and co-teaching her classes. I am so thankful for all that I learned from her, and inspire to teach like her someday. She is very passionate about helping her students learn how to practice properly, which is something that is missing in a lot of today’s trendy fast-faced yoga classes. Her knowledge, experience, and warm heart are evident in every class she teaches. I strongly encourage any level student to take Elise’s class."
- Sarah T. | Portland MI 

"I had been to yoga classes on and off for a few years. In September 2010 I took your Intro to Yoga 2 hr class and I've been practicing yoga regularly ever since. You're an excellent yoga teacher, Elise. You always took time to make sure we had the correct form. I liked getting to know how each pose was benefiting us. And I always enjoyed when you read a passage or offered a reflection. You have such a warm, caring way about you. You taught and more importantly showed us how to practice yoga on and off the mat. Thank you Elise!"
- Priya, Slow Flow Vinyasa student, 2013

"Practicing yoga weekly has offered greater flexibility and stability in my golf swing - both the takeaway and the follow through. The varied postures and stretches Elise carefully organizes seem to not only free up stiff, rigid joints and muscles, but also improves the cardiovascular by opening and strengthening two of our body's most important organs - the heart and lungs."
- W.L.E. | Novi

“Elise is a compassionate, encouraging and educated yoga instructor. Her advice during a prenatal workshop helped me to stay fit and healthy my entire pregnancy. During such an exciting yet challenging time in my life, I could not have been more grateful for her knowledge about the body and the gentle, accepting, yet directive, way she taught her classes. She’s an inspiring instructor to be sure.”
- Nicole, Prenatal Workshop and Slow Flow Vinyasa student, 2013

Thank you for sharing your encouraging words! Please contact me to share your story or offer a testimonial.

About Elise

I'm a RPYT (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher) and RYT 500 (Registered Yoga Teacher) rooted in the Hatha tradition, and the Samkhya philosophy; however I attend a variety of classes, like Kundalini. I’m living my dharma (purpose) by creating a community to assist women during the rite of passage into motherhood through the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual qualities of the yoga practice.

In addition to yoga, I'm a mom of two beautiful children and have many interests including Feng Shui, Reiki, alternative healing methods, harnessing my intuition and whatever else inspires me along the way!

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