Elisa Payne – Anatomy Lecturer

Qualifications: Yoga Masters, Adv. Dip Yoga Teaching (500hrs), Applied Anatomy & Physiology of Yoga, Dip Remedial Massage, Dip Emergency Medical Dispatch.

Elisa’s yoga journey began nearly two decades ago and was deepened when preparing to walk the Kokoda Track in 2009.  Elisa was able to use the strength of mind and body inspired by yoga to complete the trek despite a serious spinal injury.  Having rediscovered a passion and respect for yoga, Elisa commenced formal study in Yoga so that she could share this knowledge with others.  As an experienced Yoga Teacher, Elisa draws upon the physicality and philosophy of yoga to assist students in discovering their innate potential and a connection to the self and the world around them.  In exploring the many varied yogic styles and healing practices, Elisa has studied with Masters in Australia, Thailand, Hong Kong, America and Mexico to date, and has trained in the modality of Reiki, becoming one of the 12th lineage to Dr Mikao Usui, as well as a qualified Remedial Massage Therapist.

Henry David Thoreau said, “It is not what you look at that matters, it is what you see.”  So many of us come to yoga as a physical pursuit and find ourselves transformed by a deep connection to the more subtle teachings of yoga, enhancing our lives and those of the people around us.

Elisa is the director of the Om Buddhi Yoga studio and wellness space in Mt Eliza and Yoga Coach with the Australian Sports Commission as well as the Yoga Aid Ambassador for the Mornington Peninsula.

What/Who inspires me? 

“My students inspire me every day.   Teaching yoga is really the greatest gift because every day you are witness to amazing transformations within your own class, your own students, your own teaching and subsequently, your own life.”

What Moksha means to me? 

“Moksha means a lot to me!  I have been given the most amazing opportunity to teach something I love.  Emma and the haven that she has made Moksha is a safe place for people to learn and to connect.”

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"When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath."
-Hatha Yoga Pradipika