Liz Arch is an international yoga teacher, martial artist, author, and mom to a wildly curious and incredibly loving toddler who loves to clap and cuddle soft things. Motherhood was never really a part of her plan, but it is now a part of her purpose.
As a laidback island girl from Hawaii, Liz naively figured she had this whole birthing thing in the bag. She took a Hypnobirthing course, recited affirmations, practiced techniques to “breathe the baby out,” and prepared for her son’s gentle water birth with copious amounts of coconut oil and hip openers. Forty hours of excruciating unmedicated labor later, her son Skye arrived via vacuum assist (on land and not by tub) to the soothing sounds of Liz’s guttural screams. That day, Liz’s vagina grew ten-fold in size, and so did her heart.
When she’s not wiping baby snot off her nipples, you can find Liz doing handstands at the beach, cuddling her two rescue dogs Faith & Nalu, playing the ukulele (poorly), doing Wim Hof breathing with her boyfriend Adam, and snuggling up with her son, who teaches her how to be a better human every single day.
In her spare time, Liz is passionate about advocating for survivors of domestic violence, de-stigmatizing mental health, sharing candidly about postpartum life (hello, incontinence!), and sparking conversation about how to raise kind, gentle, empathetic, and resilient little humans.
Professionally, Liz is the creator of Primal Yoga®, a dynamic fusion of yoga and martial arts focused on empowerment and self-healing. She is also a certified Domestic Violence Counselor Advocate and currently serves as the West Coast director of the nonprofit organization Purple Dot Yoga Project, which uses yoga as a healing tool to help individuals overcome the trauma of domestic violence. Liz also leads transformative teacher trainings, workshops, and retreats around the world. She has appeared on the cover of numerous magazines including Yoga Journal, Om Yoga Magazine, Yoga Life Magazine, and LA Yoga. She has also been featured as a health and wellness expert in media such as Self, HuffPost, GQ, and ABC News, and recently authored her first book, The Courage to Rise.
Learn more about Liz at lizarch.com.
Nikki Van Noy
Nikki was adamant about one thing in life: that she did not. want. kids. So, it’s no surprise that today Nikki is a single mom to Izzy, a delightfully hilarious, curious, and chatty toddler, who is currently under the illusion that she is Nikki’s boss. (Which, let’s be honest, she kind of is.) Izzy means “gift” in Greek, and it is 100 percent accurate that Izzy is the biggest, most surprising gift that has ever landed in Nikki’s life. Not to mention the world’s best sidekick.
Before Izzy arrived, Nikki used to be a creature of the night, either on the road with the bands she was writing biographies about or tapping away on her keyboard, bringing books to life one word at a time. As a result of these late nights, Nikki is the biographer of both the Dave Matthews Band and New Kids on the Block. She has also ghostwritten and collaborated on countless other books, including some bestselling titles. Although her working hours have changed, Nikki continues to be passionate about writing books that alternately—or, even better, simultaneously—inspire and guide readers along the road to self-actualization. Nikki is also a 200-hour certified yoga teacher who has completed specialized training in yoga for anxiety and depression. Although she doesn’t teach public classes anymore, this knowledge and practice has informed several of her writing projects.
Nikki is passionate in her belief that we are at a critical juncture, and it is essential for women (and all of our allies) to band together and support one another in speaking out and advocating for systematic change. Informed by her own experience, Nikki is most invested in giving voice to abuse survivors and playing any little part she can in helping to ensure that our custodial laws protect our most vital resources—our children—in real ways.
Nikki and her work have been featured on The Today Show, NPR, and CBS' The Early Show, as well as The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, LA Weekly, Boston Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Huffington Post, and Publisher's Weekly, among others.