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Bethany McCorkle: Lila Teacher Feature

BethanyHow did I find my way into yoga?

I clearly remember when I started practicing regularly enough that yoga really started to mean something to me.   It was after I had spent my last college semester studying and working abroad and had continued on with further work and traveling abroad following my graduation that I returned home to Maine to ground myself but felt lost.   I grew up as a competitive gymnast so yoga was what I had been yearning for for years and fortunately, was love at first encounter.  At the time, I was practicing yoga in friends’ basements in front of yoga DVD’s and was immediately drawn to both Vinyasa,  and Iyengar classes (eventually Kundalini too) at yoga studios.  While trying to determine what direction I would take in my life and achieve all that I thought I was supposed to attain after college, yoga was giving me the tools to see more clearly,  be patient and accepting of the unknown,  and was providing a tremendous amount of stress relief.

 

What is my practice like off the mat? And how do I live my yoga?

For me, it’s difficult to distinguish much difference between my practice on and off the mat. The way I live my yoga is an example of Richard Freeman’s first words in his book The Mirror of Yoga, which states “Yoga begins with listening.”   Yoga has taught me how to engage in life’s daily tasks with more awareness, meaning and purpose.

I have a daily asana (mostly rooted in the Iyengar & Ashtanga systems) practice of some sort, and I am continuously working on cultivating a daily (usually short) seated meditation practice.  Yoga as an educational experience has always been something very enticing to me, and inspires me as a teacher, so I live my yoga by remaining a devoted student so I can forever be immersed in my own self study.  I teach so that I can serve as a bridge between all of my gifted mentors to our wonderful community of students with the intent to share all that I learn.  By tuning in and aiming to live by the endless amount of lessons the practice has to offer, yoga expands my consciousness from everything to what I choose to eat, who I spend time around, remembering what is of essence, and the importance of love , gratitude and forgiveness.

 

What is my favorite thing about the Lila community?

The maturity and dedication of the students and teachers!  The sacred space that has been created at Lila makes me feel so at home both as a teacher and a student, which I have found to be a unique blend in our community.  Each student and teacher at Lila understands that yoga is not just a physical activity so I am continuously inspired by the ‘yoga as a life practice’ commitment at the studio.

 

Which pose is your asana nemesis?

I honestly can say I do not have one specific nemesis pose!  I love the distraction from daily life that a good challenge provides.  From a student perspective, I loathe any pose where I don’t get ample time to at least take one steady, clear breath.

Student Highlight: Alexandra Maurer

1. How did you find your way to yoga? I first studied yoga with Diane Wilson in Portland, Oregon in 1984. She had just opened a studio and we were some of her first students. This amazing woman continues to practice and teach in the Portland area. 2. What do you do for a living?Continue Reading

Let Freedom Ring!

What do you think of when you hear this phrase? Most likely you hear the lyrics to My Country ‘Tis of Thee, or perhaps it conjures images of the American flag, the Declaration of Independence, or other symbols of patriotism. That’s what this month is all about, after all, celebrating our freedom. Freedom from tyranny,Continue Reading

Jamie Worster: Lila Teacher Feature

1. 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. Looking back, I now realizeContinue Reading

A Reflection on 5 Years

As I reflect about Lila East End Yoga rounding its fifth year in business, I humbly hold the title of “studio owner. ”  For me, Lila is held and led by the community – the community of students, yogis, teachers, friends, and family. If not for all of you sharing your practice, your teachings, and yourContinue Reading

Kristy Scher: Lila Teacher Feature

1. How did you find your way to yoga?   We’d just had our first son, Isaac, and moved Massachusetts to L.A. when he was 5 weeks old.  We knew no one, had no family on the West Coast, and I was pretty desperate for some kind of nurturing and replenishing (though I didn’t really understandContinue Reading

Lauren Fensterstock: Lila Student Highlight

1. How did you find your way to yoga? I am relatively new to yoga. I have been practicing for about two years. A close friend brought me to Lila on the last day before she moved out of state. I immediately fell in love with yoga and the studio, and cherish this as anContinue Reading

Challenge and Change: Tools for Growth

Post by: Jane Banquer There’s a big round numbered birthday on my calendar this month and along with the cake and family hoopla come daily reminders that I do not carry around the same body as when I began my yoga practice. That was decades ago, on the heels of the last serious modern danceContinue Reading

Why Cleanse this Spring?

I have participated in cleanses before where the requirements were to eat a bland mono diet, drink only juices for a week, or take a powder that tasted chalky and made me go to the bathroom so much that I felt like I could not leave home.  If this is your experience with cleansing, youContinue Reading

DD Swan: Lila Student Highlight

1. How did you find your way to yoga? I was greatly influenced in 1969,  while still living in Memphis, Tennessee,  by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Transcendental Meditation as a path to world peace and attaining full human potential. A year later, I attended my first Hatha Yoga class at a Knights of Columbus HallContinue Reading