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Student Feature: Marieke Sparrow-Pepin

Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 2.15.08 PMHow did you find your way to yoga?

I found my way to yoga in the fast pace of Washington DC when I moved there after college to work for a large construction company, being raised in Vermont I was craving the space to connect with my body and silence to let my mind relax. Yoga is the only time that I am able to truly let my thoughts disappear and just exist on this earth, it may sound cliche, but in my life, this rest for my brain and connection to my body is something I crave and need to be the person I want to be. My nature is competitive and yoga has allowed me let go of that part of myself and listen to what my body is telling me both physically and mentally, it has brought me healing and stability throughout the rush of life.

What do you do for a living?

I work as an engineer and project manager for a commercial construction company, PC Construction. After going to school for civil engineering and working in the construction industry overseas it was the clear choice for me, my job allows me to challenge myself and be a part of a process that contributes to the community that I live in. I work on the construction site daily for whatever project I am managing, my days start in the early morning and end when the last worker leaves the site. I love the variety in construction, not only is everyday different but I have the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life who truly embrace their trade and are always willing to share their experiences.

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

Although incorporating my practice into my work life is difficult, I find that I try to bring as much of my practice as possible to my daily activities by finding meditation in the small parts of life and sharing the values and benefits of yoga with others.

What brings you the most joy in your life?

I love to be outside, I am happy in the the sun, whether it is in the garden, on the beach, in the ocean, on a snowy mountain, or running on a road through the beauty of New England.

What is the best thing about the Lila yoga community?

When I moved to Maine over a year ago, one of the first things I starting searching for was a new studio I could call my own. I tried out a couple other studios in the area and I wasn’t finding the solace and challenge that I needed, after my first class at Lila I knew that I was home, ever since it has grown to be a place that is familiar, caring, challenging, and shares similar values and beliefs as I do in my everyday life.


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I flipped my calendar page this morning from July to August, and a wave of urgency to “get after it” rushed through my mind. Summertime in Maine is so sweet, and so short! It is hard to believe that June and July both have come and gone. Right after the wave of slight overwhelm, IContinue Reading

Student Highlight: Chelsea Beliveau

  How did you find your way to yoga? I was first introduced to yoga during a P.E. class my junior year of high school. The teacher led us through some simple postures then put on a CD of guided meditation. At the time I was recovering from a yearlong battle with anorexia that ledContinue Reading

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I spent a long weekend with my family up on the giant playground of Mount Desert Island where I watched and felt an essence of freedom every day.  Be it my mind feeling the clarity and ease of the fresh summer air coupled with time away from my computer, or, my body feeling mobile andContinue Reading

Teacher Feature: Danielle Gorman

1. How did you find your way to yoga? I was looking for something to help my 11-year old daughter alleviate her anxiety and insomnia and I thought yoga could be helpful.  At the time, I couldn’t find any children’s classes, and a friend of mine, who was a yoga teacher, invited me to bring herContinue Reading


Today is the cultural beginning of summer. Many of us gathered with friends and loved ones, or remembered those who could not be there. We laughed and ate and watched as the rain cleared and the sun came out. We felt connected because we were together. Last weekend Tracy Bleier came to Lila and gatheredContinue Reading

Student Highlight: Shawn Peterson

How did you find your way to yoga? Through friends in college who invited me to an Iyengar class one day. That was it-I knew I’d never stop practicing.  2. What do you do for a living? I organize HIV, Hepatitis C, and Syphilis testing events in York and Cumberland counties. In addition, I educateContinue Reading

Teacher Feature: Todd Norian

1. How did you find your way to yoga? There was a yoga school across the street from the jazz school I was attending as an undergraduate. Then I was invited by a friend to visit him at a yoga center. I visited him for 2 days. He convinced me to participate in a 10Continue Reading


It’s that time of year when things begin to fall apart a bit. Mercury is in retrograde. A quarter of the way through the year you’ve either stuck with your New Year’s resolutions or you’ve fallen off the wagon. You know the magical Maine summer is just around the corner, and now is just, well,Continue Reading

Teacher Feature: Tracy Bleier

  How did you find your way to yoga? I had a dear friend who kept encouraging me to try it.  This was almost 17 years ago.  I finally tried a local class and can distinctly remember feeling amazing  in a way I have tried for years to describe. I called my friend and heContinue Reading