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.
I’ve been in love with my yoga practice since 2008; in 2015 I completed a 200-hour teacher training with Todd Norian. I’m so honored to now share my love for yoga and the sweetness it awakens both on and off the mat. I teach hatha yoga with a strong focus on physical alignment to guide my students into deeper awareness of their bodies in space, so that practitioners of all levels may avoid injury and experience increased strength, freedom and openness. I believe in the potency of yoga to awaken our sense of creativity and connection – to the world and to ourselves. My intention as a teacher is to support students in moving toward this sense of connectivity to achieve greater balance between mind, body, and heart through cultivating a deep link between breath and body on the mat. All bodies and abilities are welcome in my classes. When I’m not teaching or practicing at Lila, you can find me waking at dawn, feeding the folks I love, riding my bike, learning to surf, and talking to animals.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Trained in 2006 at Om Shanti Yoga with Lillian Leon (who radically gifted Danielle her first 200 hour YTT at age 17! How incredibly generous!), Danielle then taught through college and continued her training in 2010 with Jennifer Yarro of Frog Lotus Yoga. Her classes are meant to be functional for all types of practitioners, as they are layered and multi-tiered. She brings in elements of the yoga sutras, functional anatomy and Hindu mythology to deepen each student’s experience. Arriving to Portland in June 2017, she hit the ground running, excited to serve her new community with compassion, enthusiasm and attentiveness. She hopes to create an atmosphere where ambition is replaced by curiosity and her teaching style has been described as “intuitively-paced, respectful of all bodies, playful, judgment-free, and exuberant.”
Danielle has been an educator in both public and private schools and is also a Women’s Circle Leader for The WILD Woman Project as well as a facilitator for WILD WOMAN FEST. As an educator for many years, she loves to combine her yoga experience with her expertise in childhood development for classes and workshops for families and children. She was inspired to strengthen her hands-on assists and completed Thai Massage Levels 1 and 2 as well as Hands Free Thai with Jennifer, and has assisted the summer Teacher Training program at Frog Lotus Yoga. She is continually honored to be able to serve as a friendly guide in all of these capacities and looks forward to learning from you, too! Also, if you make it to class, ask for the very ancient pose called hug-asana. You won’t regret it.
Mary is a Portland, Maine native who has been practicing yoga for eight years. She started her yoga practice at Lila Yoga where she bloomed within this non-judgmental and encouraging community. After receiving her 200 hour certification in Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga from The Healing House in Cusco, Peru, Mary is excited to return to Portland to share her practice with the community from which she has drawn strength for so long. In her classes Mary emphasizes deep listening to self as a tool for empowerment. She welcomes students to attend classes ‘as-they-are’ and encourages them to honor and celebrate their own experience. Mary is inspired by the work of the great teachers Llama Rod, angel Kyodo williams and Bell Hooks. She believes that yogic and contemplative practices can be used both for individual empowerment and social liberation. When Mary isn’t at teaching yoga you can find her taking walks on East End or Willard beaches.
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.
Christina joyously returns to Maine after five years teaching and learning in NYC! She received her 200 hr certification from Laughing Lotus in 2013 and her 300 hr certification from Goodyoga in 2015, where she taught until 2017. Recently, Christina has discovered a deep love of the slower yoga practice and has completed trainings in Yin and Restorative, as well as a 50 hour training in Ayurveda for Women’s Health. While in NYC, Christina taught vinyasa, heated vinyasa, restorative and yin.
Christina feels passionate about combining thoughtful sequencing with music that takes you places. Christina’s classes shake up and balance out the energies that get stuck in the body at different times of the year. Her studies around Ayurveda (the sister science of Yoga) inform her classes; they are tailored to whatever is going on in the outside world, which is often reflected in our internal worlds. Students in Christina’s class move and breathe with a focus on grounding and the compassion and support to discover what feels good in their bodies. Her creative, alignment-based sequences encourage students to explore shapes in different and playful ways throughout class. She hopes to create an experience that softens your mind, expands your connection to your body, and that you can carry with you off the mat!
Caroline has been a student of yoga since her first class in 2007 when, as a collegiate runner, she was craving a way to ground, balance and stretch. While the physicality of the practice immediately hooked her, it was the gentle calming of the mind and deep opening in the body that has kept her coming back to her mat, day after day. She has learned from many inspiring teachers during her years living in California, while on silent meditation retreats, and now back in her home state of Maine, and in 2018 decided to further her yoga studies by embarking on Illumina’s 200-hr teacher training program. She is deeply grateful to have the opportunity to keep growing with this practice and sharing it in community.
Tizzy first discovered yoga in 2008 while living in Mysore, India. She is a 500hr certified instructor and has completed advanced trainings with world renowned instructors, Ana Forrest and Janet Stone. With a master’s degree in Public Health, Tizzy is passionate about Yoga’s deep healing nature of both the body and the mind. Her enthusiasm for teaching lies in promoting mindfulness based Yoga as a practice tool to develop an acute awareness of the physical body and how it pertains to mental and emotional patterns. Tizzy creates a safe container for students to develop a deeper and more profound relationship with themselves through the exploration of Asana, Pranayama, and present-attention awareness. Her classes reflect a blend of asana-styles as well as a focus on the gentle erosion of hard thought patterns through attention and intention.
Tizzy is a nature enthusiast and lover of food. She spends her free time exploring different types of movement and enjoys taking full advantage of the great outdoors Maine has to offer.
Katherine has been an earnest student and teacher of yoga for the better part of the last decade. Since completing her first yoga teacher training in 2012, she also received her 500 HR advanced certification and has been grateful to continue her education with teachers such as Noah Mazé, Darren Rhodes, Elena Brower, and yoga philosophy with Douglas Brooks. Katherine is passionate about creating intentional structures for students to experience their dynamic strengths, resilience, and healing capacities. You can expect her classes to be both energizing and grounding; integrating biomechanics, alignment, breath and mindfulness techniques. She hopes that these thoughtful sequences offer you an opportunity to deeply consider yourself and be more present and embodied in our daily lives.