I was introduced to yoga in 2000, and after 5 years of practice, I decided to become a yoga instructor. I graduated from Discovery Yoga’s 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program in St. Augustine, Florida in 2005. In 2015, I completed my 500 hour yoga teacher training at Downtown Yoga in Pleasanton, CA and am a 500-level, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) with the Yoga Alliance.
In 2010, I received my Masters of Education and Education Specialist degrees in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida. During my studies, I obtained a Certificate in Spirituality and Health and Arts in Medicine. I also hold the title of National Certified Counselor from the National Board of Certified Counselors. I have additional certifications in Restorative Yoga, YogaDance, Colorgized Yoga, KarmaKids Yoga, Pilates and Silver Sneakers.
I lead daily yoga and Pilates classes, as well as specialized workshops and retreats. I offer a range of private one-on-one sessions and group trainings and workshops. Learn more about my offerings here. In 2015, I also became a Reiki Master and integrate the transformative healing of Reiki into my individualized sessions.
Beyond teaching, I also write about body image, eating disorders and yoga. I co-authored “The Use of Holistic Methods to Integrate the Shattered Self,” a book chapter in the text book Treatment of Eating Disorders: Bridging the research-practice gap, ( check it out) edited by Margo Maine, Beth Hartman McGilley and Doug Bunnell. I authored “Client Perspectives on Strong, Restorative and Partner Yoga Classes”, a chapter in Carolyn Costin and Joe Kelly’s book Yoga and Eating Disorders. (check it out)
I present nationally on the use of yoga in the treatment of eating disorders and body image issues and utilize yoga and movement in counseling centers and hospitals with adults and children. At Kaiser Permanente’s eating disorder intensive outpatient unit in Walnut Creek, CA, I led expressive movement and therapeutic yoga groups for adults and adolescents. I currently offer Accepting Your Body’s Wisdom: Nutrition, Yoga and Body Image, a transformational workshop designed for woman who want to make peace with their bodies and their relationship with food.
I choreograph and perform YogaDance and Acro-Yoga across the country and at national eating disorder conferences. My pieces express who I am as a woman, partner, daughter, yogi and dancer, and reflect my own journey to healing and BodyWisdom™. Below are video clips from past performances.
I currently live in Pleasanton, CA with my husband, Lewis Jones Psy.D, where I offer workshops, groups and individualized sessions for those seeking freedom from disordered eating and body image concerns.
Elisa Mott, M.Ed, Ed.S, NCC, E-RYT 500
Partner Yoga Dance with Lewis Jones, PsyD at Downtown Yoga,2012. Green Day “21 Guns” watch now
Partner YogaDance with Lewis Jones, PsyD at iaedp symposium March 2011 Kings of Leon’s, “Use Somebody” watch now
Solo YogaDance, iaedp symposium, March 2010, Orlando, Florida watch now