Elysabeth Williamson

Elysabeth Williamson, E-RYT 500, internationally recognized as the foremost authority of partner yoga, has been a yoga teacher and innovator for more than 30 years. As founder of Principle-Based Partner Yoga™ and author of The Pleasures and Principles of Partner Yoga, she shares the transformative power of this practice through international classes, workshops, and training teachers. Her inspiration to develop this body of work came as she realized how much more deeply the essence of yoga is integrated and understood when combined with the healing power of touch. She began formal studies of yoga at the age of 17 and has studied a wide variety of yogic traditions and healing arts. Known for providing a sacred space that leads to life-changing experiences, Elysabeth has a gift for making esoteric teachings accessible and practical for everyone. She is also certified as a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist and synthesizes both ancient and modern modalities into her teaching.

Learn more about this presenter’s work:


  • Not for Lovers Only: How Partner Yoga Can Change Our Relationships

    One of the most common misperceptions about partner yoga is that it is for “lovers only.” The practice absolutely offers invaluable tools for life partners, but partner yoga has great benefits for anyone.

  • Embracing Our Vulnerability Through Partner Yoga

    Discovering and revealing the deepest parts of our being is the greatest gift of partner yoga, says Kripalu presenter Elysabeth Williamson.

  • Choosing Connection Over Conflict

    The most challenging part of shifting our perception is the willingness to not only see the situation differently, but also to see our part in it. The next time conflict arises with your partner, experiment with this exercise.

  • Five Benefits of Partner Yoga, On and Off the Mat

    Partner yoga is an excellent opportunity for couples to play, relax, and deepen their love, while receiving all the benefits of yoga. The practice supports us to unplug from the stress of everyday life and nourish each other in both simple and profound ways.

  • A Practice for Opening the Heart

    Taking time each day to simply breathe into the different parts of the body, while welcoming the sensations, supports us in openhearted acceptance—of ourselves, and of whatever is happening in the moment, says yoga teacher Elysabeth Williamson.

  • Three Questions to Ask Yourself About Self-Care

    According to Kripalu presenter Elysabeth Williamson, self-care is not another thing to add to our to-do list, but a way of being that connects us to our deeper selves and to the whole of life.

  • Partner Yoga: Flowing with Nature

    This partner yoga practice designed by Kripalu presenter Elysabeth Williamson was filmed in a glorious garden in Ojai, California.