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Student Highlight: Amy Amoroso

1. HOW DID YOU FIND YOUR WAY TO YOGA? When I moved to Portland ten years ago, a friend at work started doing yoga during the lunch hour. At that time, I was jogging about four mornings a week for exercise and I knew I needed to be better about stretching. I decided to do yogaContinue Reading

Teacher Feature: Tracy Bleier

1. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOGA? I would describe yoga as a “come as you are party.” 2. HOW DID YOU FIND YOUR WAY TO YOGA? A friend of mine who was a yoga teacher and long time meditator showed me a few poses. This little lesson intrigued me enough to go to a classContinue Reading

Teacher Feature: Genell Huston

What draws you to yoga? At this point, yoga and me are not separate.  There is nothing to be drawn to, as it is already inside of me and a part of me.  Yoga has become the way I choose to live my life, how I wake in the warming, what I choose to thinkContinue Reading

Let Love Reign

What would our world look like if our energies were focused on LOVE over fear?  What would our world feel like if everyone was given equal respect, rights, and compassion?  The Buddha once said, “All that we are is a result of what we have thought.  The mind is everything.  What we think we become.”Continue Reading

Student Highlight: Betsy Critchfield

1. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOGA? For me, yoga is a practice that gently cycles my awareness from mind to body to breath and back again. 2. HOW DID YOU FIND YOUR WAY TO YOGA? I first found yoga in 6th grade when a teacher used it as a classroom management tool. As a competitiveContinue Reading

Teacher Feature: Stephen Kirsch

1. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOGA? To me, yoga is a practice of tuning in – to the mind, the body, and the breath. Something as simple as noticing the fact that you are, in fact, breathing, rather than taking it for granted, is a piece of that yoga. Yoga is also a way ofContinue Reading

Teacher Feature: Matt Giordano

We are super excited to welcome Matt Giordano to Lila at the end of this month.  His teaching is playful, insightful, and inspires deep knowing and understanding of your own body, in its entirety.  Originally from Sea Cliff, Long Island, Giordano spent seven years developing his teaching style living in Manhattan, where he taught at localContinue Reading

New Year’s Evolution

Sunday marked the transition into the new year.  The calendar year changing provides many an entry way to set new goals, visions, and dreams for the days and months that lay ahead.  Visions of finally picking up that hobby you have been dreaming of for years (insert hobby here… playing guitar, learning another language, sewing,Continue Reading

The Gift of your own presence…

The season of giving is upon us.  Mother Teresa once said, “It is not how much we give, but how much LOVE we put into giving.”  We can easily make mindless purchases and give without much thought and care – gadgets, trinkets, jewels, sweaters, books, or even our time, energy, and donations.  What would theContinue Reading

Teacher Feature: Sea Change Yoga

A deep bow to this new organization that is giving in a big way to our greater community.  This month’s teacher feature highlights the great work of this local non-profit working to bring the healing power of trauma sensitive yoga and meditation to all.  The teachers travel to residential treatment facilities, community recovery centers, and correctionalContinue Reading