Back2Roots Retreats is the mutual heart child of Brooke Elliston and Lara Zilibowitz.
Inspired deeply by the ancient and authentic teachings of Yoga, they aim to inspire people to deepen their connection to self, listening to the innate intelligence that takes us beyond conditioning to the innermost quality of consciousness, where true freedom and joy resides.
Lara has a long-standing passion for creative expression through the body and was first introduced to yoga at age 16. Movement and creativity became the keystones in her own quest towards holistic health and she revels in the opportunity to share these learnings with her students - through vinyasa, AcroYoga, Thai massage, art making and many more somatic meditations.
She has become known for her fluid and dynamic yoga teaching style, coaxing students to get out of their head and drop into their feeling, intuitive body. What results is a profound breath-per-movement meditation of 'flow state', inspired by the teachings of her mentor, vinyasa trailblazer Shiva Rea.
Lara teaches public classes at BodyMindLife studios in Sydney, is an ambassador for lululemon athletica and Wanderlust festivals, an assistant to global movement alchemist Shiva Rea, as well as being a prolific ceramicist (larazceramics.com) and contributing editor for delicious. Magazine.
Brooke grew up barefoot and by the sea, two traits which remain distinctive of her character and way of life today. A surfer, she spends plenty of time in the ocean, a love symbiotic to her way of life in yoga.
Brooke has been taught and guided by some extraordinary teachers, yoga schools and swamis; most notably studying the ancient teachings of Tantra Yoga extensively in Thailand, which are the underpinning of her teaching style. She enjoys weaving the threads of traditional teachings into a vinyasa style practice to offer a slow, strong flow - a deep burn of sensory explosions, with a mellow approach.
Brooke has a dedicated practice and is constantly driven to explore and stay curious. She teaches from a place of embodied experience and has a love for speaking to the intricacies of body, prana and breath. She is a yoga and meditation teacher at BodyMindLife studios in Sydney, a yoga therapy teacher and former litigation Lawyer.