Classes / Contact

August 24, 2019 § Leave a comment

Classes are on summer break for now.


Liz is hoping to restart a community class in the autumn.  There are also some private class slots available starting in mid-September (in and around Oxford).

In the meantime check out this piece on ‘the best books about yoga’ that I was asked to choose on

Please get in touch: phone/sms (+44) 794 636 1273 / email

Liz Derow Yoga Bio – 2019

March 22, 2019 § Leave a comment

In 1997 I found myself in an ashtanga yoga class taught by Danny Paradise. This was a powerful experience, and, inspired by a week of classes with Danny, I started a regular practice of ashtanga yoga.

This led me to Mysore, India, and from 2001-2010 I was fortunate to spent long periods studying with Sri K Pattabhi Jois and R Sharath. In Mysore I also had the chance to study yoga philosophy with Acarya Sankaranarayana Jois.

I received Pattabhi Jois’s blessing to teach and the Level 2 Authorization in 2004. From 2004-2015 I taught classes and workshops all over Europe and SE Asia. During this time I also had the opportunity to study with other yoga teachers, notably Srivatsa Ramaswami and Paddy McGrath.

In 2001  I started a vipassana meditation practice, first in the Goenka tradition, and more recently with Sayadaw U Tejaniya in Myanmar and Luang Por Pramote in Thailand.

I am now based in Oxford and, after a break as I settled back into life here, it has made me very happy to come back to teaching yoga again.

In teaching I aim to honour the essence of what has been taught to me, and to use the knowledge I have gained to support students in developing and maintaining an individual practice appropriate to their circumstances. Different things work at different times, and I aim to teach the individual – whether we are in a group or private class. At the same time, as a yoga instructor, I feel it is also important to remember that it is the student’s own practice that is the real teacher over time.

I feel very blessed to be able to share what I know with other yoga students and will always be grateful to the above-mentioned teachers, and offer my profound thanks to them. Other teachers to whom I offer my heartfelt thanks are Ramesh Balsekar, Lino Miele, Gwendoline Hunt, Hamish Hendry, Peter Sanson, Mariella de Martini, Rolf Naujokat and Sathya Sai Baba. And, of course all my students… Much love and big thanks also to my family.


Some Links

Srivatsa Ramaswami – traditional vinayasa krama yoga –

Shri R Sharath Jois – yoga in Mysore –

Sayadaw U Tejaniya – meditation in Myanmar –

Luang Por Pramote – meditation in Thailand –

Paddy McGrath – yoga in Australia and Asia –


Nepal Earthquake Benefit Class — Sunday 14 June 2015 @ The Yoga Garden, Oxford

May 3, 2015 § Leave a comment

Nepal benefit class pdf


March 12, 2014 § 1 Comment

chiang mai flowersThree weeks of ashtanga yoga in the style of Sri K Pattabhi Jois, taught by authorised Level 2 teacher, Liz Derow. All students are welcome whether they have experience in this style of yoga are not. For more information about ashtanga yoga please see

The classes are every morning at 7.45am. No class on Saturdays or on the 1st of January.  The instruction will be ‘Mysore style’ — each student in the small classes will receive individual instruction and attention from the teacher. This is how this style of asana is traditionally taught. When taught this way, ashtanga is suitable for everyone with each practitioner developing an individual practice suitable for them at that particular point in time.

Practical: Mats are available to use at the studio if you need one, and you should bring a towel or yoga rug if you have one. Please try not to eat anything for at least two hours before class.

Classes are in the Nimmanaehimman area. For those visiting Chiang Mai pleases be aware that Nimmanahimmin is just a short red-car / scooter / bicycle ride from the Old City which is the place most people like to stay.

To reserve your place or ask any questions please email or call +66 9301 30966.