Liz Owen Portrait 1 28.jpgI’m so excited that this week’s Fresh Living Survey is from my yoga teacher, Liz Owen.  You might recognize her from the 4 fabulous yoga galleries she’s published on Beliefnet:

Read on to learn more about Liz and how she “lives in yoga” every day. 

And don’t forget to email us ( with your own Fresh Living Survey answers!

Vital statistics (name, age, location, link to website/blog if you have one)?
Liz Owen, born quite a while ago…I live in Arlington, MA. My website is

Do you have a general life philosophy that helps you balance your life and spirit? What is it?
I believe that my life is completely taken care of by spiritual energy. The universe holds me in its compassionate hands. This belief not only helps me balance life and spirit; it unifies all the different aspects of my everyday life and spiritual life. It helps me to meet life experiences with a sense that there is ground under my feet and wind beneath my wings.

What kinds of activities do you do to stay in that balance?
I practice yoga every day and I teach yoga. I try to live in yoga.

What are some of your favorite “power foods” for health and vitality?
I love vegetables, fruit and fish! Cooked root and sweet green vegetables in the cooler months either by themselves or in soups, and every imaginable type of salad in the warmer seasons. I was macrobiotic for a number of years but I gradually found I needed more “instant” protein sources – fish and poultry, to power my body.

What’s the one vice or habit you’d like to change to Live Fresher?
Hmm…okay, I admit that I like cheeses and dishes made with cream a lot! Organic cheese spreads are heavenly, and the only desserts I ever crave have whipped cream as a major ingredient, but I need to watch my intake of fat and cholesterol.
What’s the best piece of advice or wisdom you’ve ever gotten regarding living a balanced, juicy life? Who gave it to you?
“Listen to my body and don’t fight the cravings. Listen to my mind and don’t fight myself. Enjoy life!” A co-worker once said that, so many years ago its ancient history, but she was so gracious and easy to be with. It has stayed with me all these years.

What’s your favorite kind of tea?
Authentic Masala Chai. It’s so aromatic and sophisticated. The thought of it takes me right back to India…
Tell us about a thing you do/eat/buy to stay healthier and feeling more alive that people question you the most about.
Yoga and swimming. It’s a complementary duo! I find many yoga practitioners are very interested in how the coordination of body movements and breath bring them into a quiet, meditative mind in both practices.

Do you get massages and/or other bodywork? How often?
I do acupuncture once a month – it’s a tune-up for my immune system. I like chiropractic as well but I don’t do it regularly.
What’s the kookiest thing you’ve ever done for your health?
Kooky in an important sense of risk taking – quitting my architectural career to teach yoga full time.

What’s a piece of advice you find yourself giving people again and again?
Let go and let the universe do its work.

Which books, poems, or quotes most inspire you?
5 AM in the Pinewoods, by Mary Oliver, which takes me deeply into the essential question of the dharma of life. And her ‘sequel’ poem, The Place I Want to Get Back To, which reminds me to let go of that which I can’t control and to thank the universe for each experience on the earth.

Want more Fresh Living surveys?  Read mental health blogger Therese Borchard’s funny, thoughtful survey, Victoria Moran’s uplifting, holistic one, or email us at with your own answers!

More from Beliefnet and our partners
previous posts

This is the post in which we say goodbye.  We’re both leaving our respective jobs at Beliefnet, and so it’s time to step away from the blog. So, this is the post in which we say goodbye…by saying thank you.  Thank you to you, the readers, for clicking and visiting and sharing the myriad ways […]

Are you a frustrated dreamer? I know I am. I often wake up with fragments of scenes echoing in my mind that seem really meaningful–but then I leap out of bed, start my morning routine, and in seconds they’re gone. I want to linger in that realm and tap into the guidance and insight rising […]

Because I lack an engineering degree and don’t understand why we can’t just stop this thing NOW with a 10-ton wad of gum or giant boulder or massive Q-tip, I’ll share more spiritual wisdom from elders. This is from the beautiful, amazing International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers–they each represent a continent and a native […]

“Worry is a prayer for something you don’t want.” – Sharon Gannon I love that. The other day someone expressed concern about my excessive worrying habit, and I’ve been contemplating on it ever since. Doing my best to actually contemplate, rather than worry. I’ve been on a renewed Gilmore Girls binge lately and last night as Lorelai, […]