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.
Sarah Tacy Tangredi
Sarah Tacy Tangredi
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.
I’m psyched to be back in New England where the wilderness, ocean, and local food rule. Thanks for having me!
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.
Taylor Owen (McFarlane)
Taylor Owen (McFarlane)
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.
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!
Jamie Lynn Worster
Jamie Lynn Worster
Learn more about Jamie by going to www.jamielynnworster.com
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.
Sarah Whitridge has been teaching yoga for 5 years and is now thrilled to bring Qoya to Lila East End Yoga. Qoya (pronounced “Koi-ya”) is an intuitive movement practice for those who identify as a woman. It is an embodied practice that draws on the wisdom of yoga, the wild expression of free form movement and the freedom to express ourselves as women in a safe space. Sarah found Qoya after the birth of her second son and became aware she had post-natal depression. Qoya offered her a way to commune with the divine, connect and trust her inner wisdom and express her feelings through unstructured movement. She danced her way through the darkness back into the light. Over the past year she has been training to lead Qoya classes with founder Rochelle Schieck and mentors. She is dedicated in sharing this powerful practice so that other women may also travel the path of feeling fully into life, of RE-remembering their true essence and connecting with one another through conversation, movement and laughter.
Sarah was born and raised in England/Ireland and has been living in Portland for 7 years. She resonates with all these identities: mama, yogi, witch, light-worker, adventurer, gardener, interior designer.
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.
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!