About Anna and Liz
About Anna and Liz
We're Anna and Liz, two hypermobile yogis on opposite sides of the country (Anna lives in Spokane, Washington; Liz lives near Philadelphia) who met in an online yoga therapy group where we were both discussing yoga for hypermobility. A few instant messages and phone calls later, we realized how deeply we both held the same passion: to educate the yoga community about hypermobility and provide information and resources to help hypermobile yogis practice safely. We're here to teach and learn, grow in our practice and friendship, and expand the growing community of hypermobile yogis and teachers who inspire us daily.
Anna Mohlman Molgard - ERYT500
I received my professional yoga therapist designation (C-IAYT) from Integrative Yoga Therapy at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in May of 2018. Diagnosed with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome after a 20-year journey of seeking answers through traditional medical venues, my particular focus of study has been adapting the practices of yoga for hypermobility. I’ve studied with world-renowned structural yoga therapists such as Maria Mendola, and I continue to learn from my own experiences and my amazing students.
I’ve also received specialty training in the methodology of Bessel van der Kolk and David Emerson as a trauma-sensitive yoga therapist. I was trained by Becky Morrissey, LCSW at an IAYT-endorsed school, in online courses with the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM), and live courses with PESI. I’m a faculty member with the Sensory Enhanced Yoga Institute.
I am deeply connected to the military community from my husband’s 12 years of active duty service in the US Army. I understand the unique challenges faced by military personnel and their families.
My yoga therapy work is focused on chronic pain, particularly from hypermobility and connective tissue disorders. I also specialize in trauma recovery, particularly from sexual assault.
I have co-developed advanced teacher trainings and am on the faculty of several teacher training schools. I regularly lead engaging yoga therapy specific workshops and specialty courses.
Certifications and Key Trainings:
Liz Chesla - MA, CYT
I’m a hypermobile yogi with a hypermobile family and a passion for teaching. In 2001, when I was still teaching writing and literature in New York City, I took my first yoga class and knew instantly that I would teach yoga someday. But first I had get comfortable with my own practice, and that meant learning to get out of my head and into my body.
So it was nearly a decade before I became a 200-hour certified hatha yoga instructor in 2010. Soon after, I completed prenatal and yin yoga training, and in 2012, during Hurricane Sandy, I spent a week at Kripalu completing trauma-sensitive yoga training with David Emerson and Bessel van der Kolk so I could help others use yoga as a tool to heal from trauma. I also became certified as a Kripalu Yoga instructor through Anahata Yoga, where I currently teach slow flow and specialty classes and serve as a faculty member for the 200-hour teacher training program, teaching trauma-sensitive yoga, introduction to Ayurveda, mudras, and, of course, yoga for hypermobility. In my private practice, I work with trauma survivors and hypermobile students (many are both), giving them tools to build strength and balance, self-regulation and resilience as they navigate symptom management and recovery.
As a yoga teacher, I am constantly learning, and each of my certifications as well as the books, online trainings and in-person workshops I’ve read and attended have deepened my knowledge of yoga and of how to safely and meaningfully share this practice. But nothing has shifted my practice and my understanding of yoga as much as my own injuries from undiagnosed Hypermobile Spectrum Disorder and my daughter’s diagnosis with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, dysautonomia, and mast cell activation syndrome.
In the past few years, I’ve researched endlessly and changed my practice drastically. I’ve learned that most people don’t experience the world the way hypermobile bodies do. We’re not just super bendy – our whole sense of being in our bodies and experiencing the world around us is unique. We’re both too loose and too tight, often carrying the burden of multiple diagnosis and extreme sensitivity and facing many of the same challenges as survivors of trauma. But we’re also compassionate and brave, and our sensitivity is our strength.
Off the mat (and sometimes on), I’m a writer, editor, and home(un)schooling mom. I’m currently working on a collection of poems and a memoir while I serve this community and pursue my yoga therapist certification with the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy school rooted in the structural yoga therapy work of Mukunda Stiles.
Certifications and Key Trainings:
• 200-Hour CYT Hatha Yoga, 2010
• Prenatal Yoga with Sue Elkind, 2011
• Yin Yoga with Sally Miller, 2014
• Trauma-Sensitive Yoga with David Emerson and Bessel van der Kolk, 2012
• Congruence: Where Intention and Outcome Meet with Alexandria Crow, Yoga Physics, 2018
• Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy, present