When Lizzie Reumont is not doing yoga on the mat or teaching it, she’s working as a Rolfer or building ancient temples with her beloved son. But how did she get into it in the first place and what are her secrets to sustaining such a beautiful practice?
When did you first start to practice yoga?
I went to my first class in 1994 – the year I graduated from university. I can’t say that it clicked immediately, or even that it truly became a holistic practice until several years later; however, I always left feeling better than when I arrived and the seeds were planted.
Why did you first take up yoga?
In college I studied philosophy and psychology, and was aware of the connection of the mind and body, but not very successful in finding balance between the two. My mind was very active, and as a solvent I looked to physical activity, namely running. I found myself running marathons, which helped to direct my energy for a period of time, but it wasn’t sustainable. I eventually had an accident which led me to question what I was running from, and I decided to explore yoga and meditation. It took me a few years to find the method of yoga and meditation that resonated for me, and to this day I continue to explore and discover rich, unchartered territories in my own practice.
What does yoga mean to you?
For me yoga is ultimately about relationship, responsibility and faith. The practices of yoga are intended to dissolve the boundaries between self and other until we see ourselves in all other beings. This can be a tall order in a world rife with violence, suffering and injustice. Yoga, therefore, is about recognising and taking responsibility for our choices and the things we can change little by little, namely, our intentions, words and actions. The goal of yoga is enlightenment, however, to attain limitless happiness and bliss, we must see that potential for all beings and this starts with having faith that all beings have the seed of love; all beings have the same potential to love and be loved.
Do you meditate?
What’s the secret of cultivating a daily yoga practice?
To commit to finding the time, whether it is 2 minutes or 2 hours. Just turn up, drop the expectations and get curious! We find acceptance through asking questions.
What practice do you do every day?
Meditation, and the Jivamukti Magic 10 plus surya namaskar and a few breath exercises.
If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
I would change the human desire to dominate, subjugate and harm other beings.
Tell us a secret!
My fantasy is to become a reclusive, treehouse dweller, a protector of the animals, in the forests of the Wild.