I'm Elisabeth Fisher.

Ever since I can remember, I wanted to create harmony in my environment. Since my early teens, I have been the designated diplomat, sounding board, smoother of tensions, and restorer of peace in my family.

Back then, I had no idea people could do this sort of thing for a living, so I attended law school and went on to negotiate deals as a big firm corporate attorney.

When I discovered that "mediator" was an actual job, I was thrilled that I could get paid for what I had been doing for most of my life - managing complex relationships and bringing people together. Fulfilling professional life: check.

My personal life, on the other hand, was a different story. If "Doormat" was an Olympic discipline, I would have been a strong contender for the gold medal. I was an expert in

staying quiet to keep the peace,
putting other people's needs first, at the expense of my own wellbeing,
arranging myself around whatever circumstances presented themselves,
finding new ways to please everyone, hoping they would like me, and
meeting others' expectations to fit into their vision of life.

My legal and conflict resolution training had equipped me with solid communication and negotiation skills, and with the ability to stay calm in tense situations and do what needed to be done. I was great at using these skills for my clients' benefit, but for some reason, I was unable to do the same thing for myself. I had no desire to overpower anyone, and the only other option I saw was to retreat and accommodate. I had essentially disappeared as a person.

Fortunately, I found a way out of this painful dynamic. Surprisingly, at least to my very intellectual self, the key was not more mindset work - although that certainly helped. The fundamental shift occurred through my body.

In 2007, after having been a couch potato for most of my life, I began martial arts training. As I learned how to defend myself against physical attacks, I developed a sense of empowerment that transferred from the dojo to the rest of my life. By the time I earned the rank of Shodan (first degree Black Belt) in Kenpo Karate, I no longer felt like a victim.

Along the way, I also discovered Yoga, and I became fascinated with how our posture affects how we think, feel, and act - not only on the mat, but in everyday situations.

What I learned through many years of personal practice and several teaching and coaching certifications - Yin and Vinyasa Yoga through YogaWorks (RYT 500), Embodied Yoga Principles (now Embodied Toolkit), Embodiment Coaching, and Embodied Meditation - literally changed my life:

The most effective starting point for
changing your emotional state and your behavioral patterns is
changing how you hold your body and how you move.

I now consciously use my posture, breathing, muscle tone, and awareness to

speak up for myself in a way that is kind yet firm,
set boundaries that respect everyone - including me, and
honor my own needs as much as those of others.

These days, when someone tries to walk all over me, they usually don't get very far. I still don't like to fight, but I can, and I do when I have to. Most of the time (not always - I'm still human!) I can use my fancy communication skills for everyone's benefit, including my own, even in really challenging conversations. As a result, my relationships are much more balanced and meaningful, and I am so much happier.

I hope to meet you in one of my classes or workshops. 

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