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Student Highlight: Kate Wallace

11952885_1033820169984938_5673177976981636282_oHow did you find your way to yoga?

Initially I got into yoga to relieve stress. I was working as an EMT at the time and was exposed to many real and horrible things, life and death. There is a culture within that profession to suppress a lot of the hard feelings. Yoga was a way for me to process and honor all of that stuff, through movement and breath.

What do you do for a living?

I have a number of jobs that revolve seasonally. In the spring and fall I work at Fedco, a worker-owned seed and garden supply company north of Waterville. Summer finds me growing and gathering plants for my herbalism business, Brown Bag Herbals, through which I sell hand-crafted salves, lotions, and tinctures. I also help run the kitchen at Maine Fiddle Camp, a traditional music camp in the mid-coast. Winter is more of a wild-card; the past couple of seasons I’ve been hunkered down in Portland cooking food for homeless people at Preble Street.

Are you able to incorporate your yoga practice into your career or into your daily life off the mat?

It is very appropriate for me to think of yoga as a union. My rhythms shift in pretty big ways throughout the year and yoga helps me stay grounded through all of that. It is a thread that runs through and unites the sometimes seemingly disconnected pieces of myself and my life.


What is the best thing about the Lila yoga community?

I discovered Lila when I moved to Portland about a year ago and came to Genell’s Asana Junkies class. I was instantly hooked. Prior to that, I was living in a town with minimal yoga offerings. I consequently developed a strong home practice but was kind of limited in the knowledge exchange and exposure that happens when you are in a community. The best thing about the Lila community for me is the support from the people who teach here. It feels really good to be led in class by someone who is familiar with my practice and specific things I’m working on, and I’ve found that here.

Teacher Feature: Kate Whittemore

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A Connected New Year

By Skye Adams A few weeks ago I was grateful for the opportunity to return to my previous home of Austin, Texas, to study with my teachers there for a long weekend workshop filled with useful teaching tools, yin yoga, and humor, but also, and perhaps more importantly, intimate interaction and connection. I came awayContinue Reading

Student Highlight: Amy Kayne

How did you find your way to yoga and then to teaching? Yoga found me about 18 years ago while I was in college.  It was a time in my life when I was looking to find my path in life.  I fell in love with yoga so much so that I wrote a 40Continue Reading

Teacher Feature: Jamie Worster

How did you find your way to yoga? I was living in Colorado when a friend shared that yoga had improved her downhill skiing. I started attending classes at a local recreation center to stretch, strengthen and build endurance so I could spend more time on the ski mountain. It was a few years later, during anContinue Reading

The Season of Giving and the Importance of Self-Care

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Going In

By Skye Adams It’s that time of year already, when all I want to do is eat and sleep. I take baths. I drink tea. I crave long-held seated forward bends and restorative poses. My body is preparing for hibernation. It’s ready to go in. Unfortunately in our busy culture, we do not get to hibernateContinue Reading

Student Highlight: Sam Herr

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Teacher Feature: Taylor Owen (McFarlane)

How did you find your way to yoga and then to teaching? When 17 years of competitive swimming came to an end, I needed something to replace my workouts (and my swimmer shoulders).  I had no yoga mat, no stretchy pants, and no clue what I was getting into. The first few times on aContinue Reading

I Don’t Know and the Yoga of Compassion

“I don’t know what suffering and sorrow and injustice and brutality and loss are FOR…And once we have said that, ‘I don’t know’—then we have reached the end of ourselves. Then, maybe all we can do is sit in silence with the person who is suffering, or with the people who are suffering, and justContinue Reading