Elise Seidel 

Originally from San Antonio, Texas, I now live in beautiful San Marcos, Texas and have so for over 15 years. I moved to San Marcos in 2005 to finish my undergraduate degree and graduated from Texas State University in 2008. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies, and have a minor in Sociology.  In addition to being a yoga teacher, I also work for The Wildflower Country Inn & Event Center and am a seasonal volleyball coach for Knockout Volleyball Club and Austin Waldorf School. I have also worked in the restaurant industry, in banks, and in the corporate world before I found yoga and decided to teach. 

 

I first found yoga at San Antonio College, taking a basic class there for a PE credit. I learned many of the poses in that class, and I really enjoyed that semester overall. I was finished with basics and just needed some elective credits, so I took Yoga, swimming, acting, and ended the day with voice class, three times a week. I also had a friend that would often ask me to go to yoga classes with him in San Antonio, and before long I thought to myself, “I could teach yoga!  I’m athletic. I’ve always been spiritual and connected to nature, and I want to help people!”  These all seemed like good reasons to become a teacher to me.  I planted that thought and it sat there for a while.  I didn’t come back to it until I saw a flyer hanging at the old Coffee Pot on the Square in San Marcos. It was for yoga training, close by in Wimberley, on the weekends.  It was perfect, I could work at the bank and train to be a yoga teacher on the weekends.  Yes!  

 

I did my training with Camp Utopia in Wimberley, receiving my 200hr RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) training certificate from Helen Stutchbury in 2012.  Everything about that time was perfect for me.  It had been a year since a really rough break up, and I had been having all sorts of stomach issues.  I went into training with a broken heart, esophagitis, a hiatal hernia, and gastritis, and came out feeling free and with no symptoms or stresses.  Yoga heals.  It most definitely helps, a lot!  

 

I have since studied with a handful of wonderful teachers in the area with expertise in Vinyasa, Yin, and Alignment based teachings.  I also attended a Yoga Journal Conference in 2016, learning more about Pranayama with Gary Kraftsow, more about Awakening Shakti with Sally Kempton, and Restorative Yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater. I have since attended another meditation workshop with Sally Kempton, and a week long Restorative Yoga training, attending Judith Hanson Lasater’s Level 1 in San Francisco, in Summer of 2017.  In addition, I have added hours toward my 500hr certification by teaching teachers and doing continued education with Camp Utopia, and have most recently completed mastership and teacher training for Reiki. 

 

This summary just reaches the shore of my yoga journey.  I would love to discuss and share the depths with you. Yoga has changed my life in the most wondrous of ways. My immune system is stronger and my physical health always feels in balance. What it has done to bring peace to my mind and happiness to my soul I can only begin to describe. Yoga is a journey for the self and must be felt within you. I can only say it will change your life, too. Practice is not only on the mat and in meditation, but is also in our everyday interactions and everyday conversations with ourselves and others. When you're ready to begin your journey, I'm here for you.