Raising the bar with modern movement science educatioN: meet inspirational yoga and movement teachers.
an interview with lizette pompa
"Critical thinking, there's no right or wrong movement as long as your body is prepared for it and keep moving."
Who is Lizette Pompa?
If you read my last post, you will remember that i was going to write about the #sneakystrenghtyoga hosts and Lizette Pompa is one of them, and it just happens that she is Mexican like me. She is the co-owner of Hot Yoga Upsala in Sweden, and the co-founder of Yogateket. Check out Lizette´s interview below and find out more about her, her relationship with yoga and movement and be ready to be inspired by her.
How did you begin in the movement/yoga culture?
- I started with yoga in Madrid in 2008. After only doing that for four years I then started with weight lifting after my first child was born in 2012 and Functional Range Conditioning in 2017.
What impact has yoga/movement had on your life? Who were you before you started practicing and how have you changed, evolved and transformed?
- Yoga has changed my life completely. Not just on the physical and mental aspect but it became my life. Through yoga I met my husband, we built a studio and made a family.
It's hard to picture who I would be now if I hadn't found yoga. I was someone who dealt with anxiety and depression often but who learned to deal with those through showing up on my mat.
Through my movement practice, I went from someone who had a hard time believing in what I was capable of, to know exactly what I can do and how to work for it.
Why did you decide to start teaching?
- I wanted to share how it made me feel. Of course, I had no idea how to do that as I began to teach. It's been a fantastic ride and love every single minute of it.
Tell me about your school/training/ courses.
- I'm a Bikram Yoga and a Yoga Medicine teacher.
I started with and practiced only Bikram Yoga for about 5 years until my body needed more. I then found Vinyasa and weight lifting, and from there I began a journey for more.
I wanted to find answers to the questions my body needed and to integrate science and research into my teaching. I have come across wonderful teachers and trainers, and have taken many courses along the way. Some of those how have influenced me are Tiffany Cruikshank and her Yoga Medicine team and Cecily Milne.
What advice would you give to someone who is just starting out on their yoga/movement journey?
- To keep searching and trying new styles. To broaden their practice as much as possible because there is value everywhere.
What is the philosophy you try to transmit in your teaching?
- Critical thinking, there's no right or wrong movement as long as your body is prepared for it and keep moving.
What was one of your most profound moments in teaching?
- Picking one is difficult. My life is about teaching and helping others, but especially helping women to feel stronger and in control of their bodies. Whenever I have a student coming to me saying that they feel like they haven't felt in a long time, then I know I'm doing what I'm supposed to do.
What is the single most defining issue facing the global yoga community today?
- I think there's a problem with the amount of TT's out there and the quality of their teachings. It's easy to find a yoga teacher or a yoga class right now. But it becomes quite hard to find a teacher who has done the work, who practices and keeps learning instead of just guiding a group of people through a flow class.
What do you see influencing or affecting yoga teachers and students in the next five years?
- There's a wave of critical thinkers rising up now. The more we ask, the more we will come to learn and understand what we teach. There are no Gurus anymore, people want to learn without just following someone who says how things are done. I see teachers raising the bar.
What's the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you as a student and as a teacher?
- Well, I don't want to sound boring here, but I don't have an embarrassing moment to share. Not yet!
Check out Lizette´s Instagram and her website.