Genell Huston studio owner, Hatha yoga teacher, mom, dedicated partner, and keen adventurer The practice of yoga has been inspiring her life since 1999 through movement, intention, reflection, deep study, practice, and bliss. She brings her bright personality, keen understanding of alignment, creative sequencing, and love for the practice of yoga + Ayurveda to each class. Expect to move with thoughtful engagement and to challenge yourself to be present with your breath and body throughout class.
Genell sees yoga as a way of life; she believes in the practice involving and evolving into more than just asanas (physical postures). She continues to be inspired to grow her understanding of this lifestyle through daily practice, continued study with teachers locally and nationally learning about both physical and subtle aspects of the practice. In addition to yoga, Beginning in 2014, she began steeping deeply into the practices of Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga.
Yoga + Ayurveda have provided a platform for Genell to further explore her relationship with her self, her community, and the natural world around. Both yoga and Ayurveda help her cultivate a daily rhythm that optimizes her connection to stay grounded and centered. The keen awareness, appreciation, dedication, challenge, joy, and respect that are cultivated through the poses and meditation on her mat are carried with her off her mat and into daily practice. Be it scraping her tongue, snuggling with her boys, running along the coast, laughing with friends, surfing the warm waves in Costa Rica, preparing nourishing meals, or getting a good nights rests, Genell sees that all the choices we make in each and every moment create our own reality, why not live a life with utmost zeal and deep presence.
She believes that we all deserve to live into our greatest version of ourselves, and that these two practices have helped her step into her own greatness. As studio owner and yoga teacher, she is thrilled to be able to offer the Portland community a space to practice and collectively celebrate our innate, playful, spirited selves through movement, meditation, and study of daily living and optimal health.
Skye Adams’s yoga path began in Vermont in 2000, but truly deepened with Kathleen Swinbourne at The Yoga Exchange in Portland in 2003. Skye practiced Kripalu, Anusara, and Vinyasa Flow for seven years before heading to Austin, Texas, and joining Yoga Yoga’s 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program.
While teaching and pursuing advanced training in Austin, Skye developed her teaching style, rooted in classical alignment, breath and body awareness, presence of mind, and self love. She weaves in aspects of Ayurveda, the energetic body, philosophy, and homegrown parenting wisdom to create spirited, grounding classes that allow students to discover their own body’s abilities and thresholds, making traditional yoga principles applicable to modern life.
After becoming a mom in 2010, Skye began teaching Prenatal and Postnatal yoga, eager to bring a sense of grounding and connection to other expectant and new mothers.
Skye brought her family back to Maine last year, and she is excited to be part of the eclectic and supportive yoga community in Portland. When she is not teaching, Skye can be found taking classes at Lila, exploring the beaches and islands of Casco Bay with her son, or at a local coffee shop editing on her laptop and drinking chai.
Heather Altenburg has studied under world renowned teachers such as Deb Neubaur, Desiree Rumbaugh and Marc St. Pierre, all of whom are strongly influenced by the Anusara lineage of yoga. Through these teachers and others, Heather has learned precise alignment principles with strong awareness to the breath that helps create openings in the body as well as the mind and heart center. Heather’s classes are thoughtful, heartfelt and inspiring with creative sequencing. She believes strongly in the transformational qualities of yoga. Feeling more grounded and connected to herself and others with each day of her own practice both on and off the mat, Heather enjoys supporting others on their own journey as they explore and experience their own sense of awakening.Having taught Spanish for twelve years to high school students, middle school students, and pre-school children, Heather is comfortable in the seat of the teacher, being sensitive to individual needs as students practice. She provides a calm presence and teaches from the heart. Heather feels it is her karma to teach and she is truly grateful to be able to combine her love of yoga with her love for teaching.
Taylor Owen (McFarlane) started practicing yoga in 2009 right here at Lila and found her way to Connecticut in 2010 to pursue the practice that had fascinated her since the moment she rolled out the mat. Under the spectacular and loving guidance of Mitchel Bleier, Tracy Bleier and Donna Jackson at Saraswati’s Yoga Joint in Norwalk, CT, Taylor completed both her 200 and 500-hour level trainings over the course of 2 years. Taylor continues to further her education and inspiration by studying anatomy, meditation, and movement whenever possible!
For Taylor, the yoga community has opened endless opportunities in self-discovery. It has promoted continued growth in experiencing the richness and beauty of life, and has been a constant source of the freedom and confidence necessary to understand and value her true nature while simultaneously growing the person she is becoming.
Taylor’s classes are thoughtfully sequenced to provide an optimal physical experience and atmosphere for her students. She enjoys infusing them with music, poetry and the harmonium, which complement the already spirited playfulness of her classes. Each class is distinct, articulate and dynamic. Her warm, personable style makes her class a genuine expression of her love and understanding of yoga and life.
Chelsea Beliveau has been a dedicated student of yoga for 15 years. She is continually inspired by the way yoga enables her to be aligned in mind, body, and spirit both on the mat and in daily life. With the help of a committed yoga and meditation practice, Chelsea overcame anorexia in 2002 and pulled herself out of a place of limitation and fear. She has completed two Yoga Alliance accredited teacher trainings in Vinyasa and Hatha styles. In addition, Chelsea has spent time studying Iyengar, Anusara, and Astanga Yoga systems, having attended numerous workshops taught by master teachers from around the globe. In 2007, curious about the roots of the practice, Chelsea traveled around India for three months learning about the culture and history of yoga’s homeland. The breadth of her learning and experiences has helped her develop a nuanced and sophisticated approach to teaching. She believes every body can benefit from yoga, and she has first hand experience teaching students of all ages, abilities, shapes, and sizes. Chelsea teaches with cues for safe alignment and beautiful imagery. No matter where you are on your path, when led by Chelsea, you will receive a practice that encourages personal discovery, flexibility, strength, depth, and an awakened sense of self.
Cindy MacKay’s passion and dedication to the practice of yoga began in 2000. Her yoga studies are rooted in the Iyengar and Anusara yoga traditions. She earned her Hatha Yoga certification with former Anusara teachers and founders of Ashaya Yoga; Todd Norian and Ann Greene. She continues to take advanced trainings and workshops With Todd and a variety of world renowned teachers. Cindy takes great joy in sharing this gift of yoga; teaching in a a creative and uplifting way, orienting her students toward the heart and encouraging them to shine in their own unique way. Cindy believes strongly in the life affirming affects of yoga, it’s ability to align the mind, body and spirit and it’s capability for transformation of the heart. She believes when we begin to align physically and emotionally through our practice and our heart begins to open, our lives begin to align and open up as well; creating a pathway for profound connection and possibility.
Margo Rosingana began teaching yoga in Boulder, Colorado. She received her 500 hour RYT status with Yoga Alliance after completing her training in alignment based Vinyasa flow with Shannon Paige, Chris Muchow and Nancy Kate Williams. Since then, Margo has felt drawn to learn and delve deeper into the art of teaching restorative yoga. She completed Level I and II Anjali Restorative Yoga Teacher Training as well as Bhava Vinyasa Teacher Training, a practice that combines the fluidity of a vinyasa practice with the healing of intentional rest. She has truly gained an intense awareness and appreciation for the transformative power of yoga.Her Vinyasa classes offer a gentle intensity that is focused on connection to the breath and energetic alignment, while progressing towards a peak pose. Her restorative classes move the student through a series of supported poses with elements of imagery, guided meditation and Pranayama to allow the student to ease into a place of intentional rest. This past year, Margo designed and implemented a series of one on one sessions that were inspired by the transformational power of yoga. These are called Heart and Soul Sessions and are meant to be empowering to the student to break through ‘the funk’ in order to live a life more connected to their heart and soul.With roots in New England, Margo recently moved to Portland, ME with her husband to be closer to family and the ocean, one of her favorite teachers.
David Vaughan has been studying yoga for the past 12 years and is an Anusara inspired teacher. His initial 200-hour Anusara teacher training was with Master Teacher Deb Neubauer. He has additional teacher training with Sianna Sherman and Noah Maze, and Advanced teacher Training with Todd Norian and Betsy Downing. David brings a strong understanding of anatomy and physiology to his teaching based on 20 years of teaching biology. After finding tremendous healing of a long-term back problem through the practice of yoga, David has a keen interest in the therapeutic applications of yoga and has studied Anusara therapeutics with Anthony Bogart, Sianna Sherman and Jenny Otto, and he received his Yoga Therapy Certification through the Ananda Seva Mission in Santa Rosa, CA.
Gentle and encouraging in speech, David offers classes and workshops that are authentic, safe, fun, challenging and thoughtfully sequenced. With his unique blend of focus on the breath, the body and the spirit, David’s heartfelt teaching provides every student the chance to bring the inner and outer bodies into alignment.
Jamie Lynn Worster has completed two Yoga Alliance teacher trainings, and is a certified and practicing Yoga Health Coach, certified through the Worldwide Association of Yoga Health Coaches. She has been studying and practicing asana since 2006 and teaching regularly in Southern Maine since 2009. Based on her knowledge of yoga and Ayurveda she offers courses that expand overall wellness, joy and helps health conscious people create vibrant health. Jamie weaves together yoga philosophy, Ayurveda, anatomy and alignment while connecting the practice on the mat to life off the mat. Her classes are inspiring, challenging and applicable to all domains of life. She continues to be inspired to grow her practice and teachings by ongoing trainings with teachers both locally and nationally.
Learn more about Jamie by going to www.jamielynnworster.com
Sarah Tacy Tangredi: I am a new mama, an evolving partner, a yoga educator and a devoted disciple of the intelligent body. I believe that yoga presents transformative opportunities by bringing awareness to subconscious mental and physical patterns through inquiry, observation, and play.
My intention is to interweave my 15 years of study in anatomy and physiology to optimally align the body and its energy systems, depth-psychology and philosophy to unravel the symbolic and tangible experience of a yoga practice, and most importantly the intelligence of each individual body and inner-teacher to create a practice that is true to honest individual growth. I use music, poetry, and laughter to help me and the participants, to let go, have fun, and enjoy the journey.
I recently moved from NY where I had a yoga studio specifically for one-on-one work with professional athletes, avid golfers, yoga teachers, people who simply want to feel good, and helping people prepare or recover from surgery. I have been teaching yoga anatomy and mindbody teacher trainings internationally since 2010. You can find me on Mind2Motion.com and coming this November TopSpeedGolf.com.
Mark Fruehauf was initially drawn to yoga to strengthen a long time meditation practice and discovered so many more benefits. Mark is an enthusiastic teacher and draws inspiration from Asusara, Ashtanga and Kripalu schools of hatha yoga. Main teachers include Jeanie Manchester, Todd Norian and Marc St Pierre. The wisdom of Hindu, Buddhist, Christian paths and life embracing Tantric philosophy are powerful influences that inspire his approach to yoga.
Elizabeth Brazier completed a 200-hour training with Shiva Rea and is certified to teach Prana Flow yoga. She leads the class through innovative sun salutations and creatively sequenced standing poses, arm balances, backbends, inversions and twists. Her presence in the studio invites both introductory and experienced students.
In addition to teaching yoga, Elizabeth teaches middle school Spanish. Currently, she is studying for her masters in Contemplative Education at Naropa University. Elizabeth is learning how to live with integrity by softening the boundaries between her inner and outer experiences. She invites her students to observe their inner sensations as well, as they outwardly express various poses. Elizabeth believes that cultivating this non-dualistic perspective uncovers the skill and intuition to safely explore within the practice.
Jennifer Queally has been an enthusiastic student of yoga for 20 years, she was originally certified to teach in the Kripalu lineage in1997. Jen believes wholeheartedly in the restorative benefits of yoga. Whether you are young or old, flexible or not, resistant or inspired, Jen welcomes all to join her on a spirited journey towards greater balance in body, mind, and spirit. She regards the yoga mat as a great laboratory for self reflection, discipline, and healing.Jen has competed two Yoga Alliance teacher trainings, studies regularly with master teachers, and has taken several extensive pilgrimages to India. She is committed to integrating ancient wisdom to suit modern times. Having studied with some of the world’s master teachers in the Anusara, Jivamukti, Astanga, and vinyasa yoga systems, Jen is eclectic in style blending the best from many traditions. She offers a practice that awakens strength, balance, flexibility and a powerful mind/body connection. Expect detailed alignment cues encouraging breath initiated movement.
Stephen Kirsch was drawn to yoga as a complimentary practice to an active running and bicycling city lifestyle. After years of practice he received his RYT-200 hour certification from the Boston Yoga School. His classes are based on linking breath with movement, and combining thoughtful sequencing with intentional alignment. He offers his students a practice that challenges them physically but also offers them softness and release. He loves to read, spend time in the outdoors, and hang out with this dogs.
Sami Migliozzi began practicing yoga at age 13, and experienced a shift in her emotional & physical wellbeing that she believes changed the whole course of her life. She completed her 200-hr YTT with Carrie Tyler of Rasamaya at 16 years old and has been teaching since, locally and abroad. Sami also holds her degree in Alternative Medicine, and certifications as a doula, Reiki practitioner, Holistic Life Coach, and leader of Yoga for 12 Step Recovery.
Dd Swan: For over 40 years, Dd has been a yoga practitioner and teacher. She applies her body of knowledge gained through yoga on and off the mat. Dd strives for balance in daily activities, attentive to mindfulness, gratitude, self-acceptance and compassion. Since its opening, Dd has shown up regularly for practice on her mat with the Lila community. Yoga off the mat includes sewing, painting, writing poetry, reading, gardening, cooking, walking Back Cove, travel and family time.
On Cape Cod in the 70’s and 80’s, Dd’s first teacher Callie Tyber mentored her to become a teacher and take over her classes. In 2015, Dd completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training at Kripalu. Later that year, she completed Desiree Rumbaugh’s “Wisdom Warriors” training focused on safe, strong and empowering asana practice for women over 50. In 2016 to facilitate recovery from a herniated disc, she completed a 100-hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training in Canada with Stephanie Calhoun, followed by a 50-hour Ayurveda For Yoga Teacher Training. In 2017, she completed Firefly Training in Trauma-Informed Yoga.
Through her practice, Dd has developed greater flexibility in body and mind, increased patience and self-acceptance, respect for the body as teacher and expanded inner peace. Dd believes yoga is for every body. As a yoga guide, she works with you where you are and supports you in identifying your evolving practice goals. Dd welcomes you to her classes!