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Elise Cantrell CYT, ERYT 500, MAT

Elise Cantrell, founded Shining Lotus Yoga and Wellness in 2009 by following her heart, her gifts, her dreams and her passion. It is Elise's greatest desire to inspire, encourage, empower, enliven and enlighten others to live their best life body, mind and soul. Elise has authored several books including the awared winning 40 Days to Enlightened Eating which won the 2014 USA Best Book Awards, in the Diet, Health and Fitness category. Elise regularly teaches a 6-week course based on this book, and presently yoga studios and wellness centers in the US and Canada are teaching the 40 Days to Enlightened Eating course. Elise is also the author of Petals of the Lotus: 108 Inspirations to Awaken, Blossom and Bloom, 40 Days to Enlightened Eating Cookbook and 40 Days to Enlightened Eating Teacher's Guide, The NEXT 40 Days to Enlightened Eating, and soon to be released, Coffee thoughts: Inspiration, Sip by Sip (November 2017).

Elise is a happily married mother of 2. She holds a Master's Degree in Education from The University of South Carolina and began her teaching journey as a high school art teacher. Elise is an ERYT 500 yoga instructor, a certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor, whole foods afficinado, Reiki Master, energy healer, Accrss Consciousness BARS Facillitator and angel communicator.

Elise began practicing yoga 25 years ago to help relieve stress as a high school teacher. As a young mother she used yoga and Ayurveda to heal from a chronic illness for which doctors gave her little hope of recovery. Since this time, she has studied and practiced multiple alternative healing modalities in order to share many possibilities of healing and wellbeing with everyone.