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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 competitive lacrosse player and Nordic ski racer I was immediately drawn to the physicality. I continued to practice throughout high school and college. In 2016 I completed my 200h teacher training with Tiffany Cruikshank.

3. WHAT ARE THE WAYS YOUR ASANA PRACTICE SERVES YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE, YOUR FAMILY, YOUR WORK, YOUR COMMUNITY?

Yoga allows me to stay more present, focused, aware and playful. I also love the connections I’ve developed with so many other Lila yogis.

4. WHAT DRAWS YOU TO THE LILA COMMUNITY?

I discovered Lila after my college years and it drew me right in. The teachers have built a sacred space, one that’s inviting, warm and playful. It’s a gift to practice alongside yogis of varying ages and abilities and I’ve made dear and lasting friendships. It’s pretty unique and I’m forever thankful.

5. WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO KEEP PRACTICING?

I’m forever inspired by my many wise teachers, by the desire to find balance in my life and to stay injury free.

6. WHAT WOULD YOUR IDEAL YOGA CLASS LOOK LIKE, FEEL LIKE, AND BE LIKE? 

My ideal class would be set beside the ocean bathed in a warming morning light. There would be wind too; I love the sensation of wind. The practice would be both vigorous and restorative. The sequence would include several triangle poses, headstands and we’d linger in plow. Pranayama to begin and close.

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