Christine Martin Lizzul, CYT has been a student of yoga for over 15 years. She studied Yoga under various teachers at The Yoga Society of New York, Ananda Ashram. She is also a certified Reiki Master, certified herbalist, aromatherapist, a lover of art, books, photography, wildlife and nature.
In 2010, after relocating from New York to Myrtle Beach, Christine completed the 200 hour Hatha Yoga teacher training program as approved by the Yoga Alliance with Patrica Harpell of Action Yoga and Wellness Center and has been trained by Ann Richardson in Therapeutic Yoga techniques. She taught Yoga classes at the SC Wellness Center, Brickhouse Cardio Club and is currently teaching at the Yoga Room, and Island Green Amenity Center in Myrtle Beach.
In her own words: I fell in love with Yoga slowly! I was extremely inflexible, Type A personality and suffered from panic and anxiety attacks. Over time and with practice, I began to feel so much better physically and emotionally. I was able to completely stop my anxiety and high blood pressure medications. I gained strength and flexibility. I gained peace of mind.
My form of teaching is simple – start from where you are and do what you can on that day. Everyone can do yoga! Hatha Yoga is a traditional form of Yoga that uses poses combined with breath for certain health benefits. The routine I teach is safe and simple. You are not required to twist into impossible shapes or to stand on your head. It does not involve any particular set of religious beliefs. It is my goal as your teacher to help you achieve a sense of well-being, calmness, emotional and physical balance. If you have certain injuries, I can help you modify poses so that you will still achieve the full benefits. Please do not let bad backs, shoulder, hips, knees, etc. stop you from attending a class. These are the very things Yoga can help! Including depression, headaches, insomnia, arthritis and so many other ailments. Hatha Yoga has been proven scientifically to soothe the central nervous system, improve circulation, the digestive system and so much more!
Just one recent example: From the February 13, 2012 Yoga Journal (excerpt)– “A prominent psychiatrist called for the study of yoga to be a national priority, stating, “If there was a drug that could mimic the effects of yoga, it would probably be the world’s best-selling drug.” In an HYPERLINK “http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50140580n”interview on the CBS show This Morning, P. Murali Doraiswamy, M.D., professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Duke University said that studies have shown yoga practice to produce a relaxation response that mimics the best anti-anxiety drugs on the market today, and that it can also help people with mild depression, insomnia, and ADHD. “Studies have shown that yoga affects perhaps more than 200 different processes in our body and in our brain. It affects virtually every tissue and every system in our body.”
Yoga gave me back a quality of life I was unable to find through other means. I love to give that back to others through my teaching.