My Life’s Journey
My name is Liat Philipson and I am 46 years old, married to David, mother to three wonderful children, Tom, Yali and Ben. More than 17 years ago, due to a family crisis which deeply affected me, I embarked on a search that led me on a fascinating journey. I had no idea where this voyage would take me. On the way, I encountered teachers and masters who introduced me to different spiritual paths and practices such as: Yoga, Theta Healing, Channeling, Tibetan Meditation, “Shamanism”, Reiki, “The Work”, Kabbalah and more.
I would like to express my deep gratitude to each and every teacher I met on the path. You all helped me discover another layer within, which brought me closer to self-understanding. I hope to be able to continue walking on the path of love and light. Hopefully, I can offer those who study with me some direction which may help lead you too, back to yourself.
My connection with the physical body began very early, when I was four and started taking dance classes. That, became a very significant part of my life for the following fourteen years. The fact is, that from that early time, I have never stopped my involvement in developing my knowledge of and work with movement and the physical body. I graduated as a trainer in Basic Gymnastics and Aerobics from the Wingate Institute (1992); I completed my studies to become a Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT200) in Vinyasa Yoga in New York (2007) and completed another Yoga Teacher Training course in Iyengar Inspired Yoga (300 hours) at the Reidman College in Israel (2010). In 2015, I received my Iyengar Certification (CIYT) and always working on my next certification level. Recently I received my Yoga Therapeutic certification from the International Association of Yoga Therapists. I’m a certified WPA1 (World Paddle Association) Instructor for Stand-Up Paddle Board. I graduated Tel-Aviv University with a B.A. in Economics (1995) and received my Masters in Finance from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem since 1997.
I have been practicing and studying yoga for over seventeen years and have had the opportunity to do that with many of the best Yoga teachers in the world in different Yoga traditions: Dr. Judith Lasater (Restorative), Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa (Kundalini), Lisa Bondi (Ashtanga Vinyasa), Maty Ezraty (Ashtanga and Iyengar), Shiva Rai, Dharma Mittra and more.
In the past 6 years, since I have shifted solely towards the teaching of B.K.S Iyengar, I have the privilege to study on a regular basis with these senior Iyengar teachers: Geetaji Iyengar, Manouso Manos, Patricia Walden, Kathleen Pringle, Carrie Owerko, Mary Obendorfer and Eddy Marks.
I am a member of the Yoga Teacher’s Association in Israel and the US Yoga Alliance and a member of the Iyengar Yoga Association in the US (IYANUS) and the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)
In 2008 I opened Yogama-the home for awareness and yoga in Even Yehuda, Israel. In Yogama my aim was to create a space where people from the region could come to study and practice yoga and deepen their knowledge of it, through regular guided practices and workshops. In addition, I offered students workshops in a variety of different experiences, both physical and spiritual. It was also important for me to communicate the philosophy of yoga and to encourage my students to take yoga into their daily lives. Over seven years I built up Yogama into a place where my students have often said: “was like home”, a place where they found calmness, creativity, and peace of mind. That I was able to do this makes me deeply grateful and I strive to recreate the same values and atmosphere in my US Studio: YogamaByLiat.com in John’s Creek, GA.