SENIOR YOGA TEACHER, YOGA THERAPIST, PHYSIOTHERAPIST
Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy, APAM
Member AAYT, Yoga Australia Senior Member, Yoga Alliance International 1500+
Liz Bennett is the founder of Yoga Essentia and A Balanced Practice Physiotherapy in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Liz is one of the few physiotherapists in Australia who is also a specialised yoga therapist. Her passion is to share yoga and with people of all ages and stages of life.
Bringing together Eastern medicine and modern science, her teaching is infused with an ability to apply an anatomical focus to the practice of yoga in an accessible, fun and relevant way. As a physiotherapist Liz integrates assessment and treatment with education and lifestyle changes, applying principles from individualised yoga, traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda.
Having started her yoga practice at the age of 19, Liz began to train with Simon Borg Oliver and Bianca Machliss before she finished her physiotherapy degree in 1999. With a love of Eastern healing and philosophy, she studied acupuncture and shiatsu, then settled in Sydney where she completed an intense three-year yoga teaching apprenticeship with Yoga Synergy in 2006.
Liz has worked with thousands of people in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, schools and yoga centres. Her years of working in hospital wards gave her invaluable insights into the management of orthopaedic and medical conditions and the application of yoga alongside modern treatment.
Liz has presented at the Australian Yoga Therapy Conference and has been a yoga
teacher trainer since 2007. For several years, Liz taught Leslie Kaminoff’s Yoga Anatomy course at the Yoga Institute of Australia. Liz combines many years of experience as a yoga teacher and physiotherapist through personal yoga therapy and group classes, yoga anatomy labs and yoga teacher trainings.