Biography 

A yoga teacher for over 15 years and a passionate teacher of teachers, Lila is dedicated to the experience of Yoga -- a union and skillful engagement with Life -- and to sharing this with the amazing practitioners she continues to meet on her journey. One of her great joys is to guide practitioners into a space of true transformation, encouraging them to discover, honor, and gracefully reveal their most authentic nature through the practices of yoga, evolutionary astrology, meditation, and their overall approach to life. Lila's teaching incorporates skillful alignment and action in the body with yogic myths, philosophy, the evolutionary astrological lens, and direct experience, to create a rich, profound, and soulful experience both on and off the mat.

Lila currently offers yoga classes, workshops, teacher trainings, and retreats internationally, and feels grateful to continue her studies with her primary teacher Adyashanti, as well as other powerful and inspiring voices of non-dualism, such as Bill Mahony, Douglas Brooks, and Sally Kempton. Lila also offers deep bows to her evolutionary astrology teacher Steven Forrest. Her love of practicing evolutionary astrology has been a perfect complement to the yoga practice, and she feels honored to create a space of magic and healing where her clients feel supported to transform in the most radical of ways. From 2006 to 2011, Lila directed Gateway Yoga in Raleigh, NC, a yoga studio dedicated to the principles of Anusara Yoga, and was part of the faculty at the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC, from 2008 - 2012.

Lila played the role as Creative Director at the Vancouver School of Yoga from the Spring of 2016 through the Spring of 2017, before spreading her wings to be more available to Life's flow in the US, Canada, and beyond. Through her yoga school, the Rasa Yoga School, she continues to co-create and offer programs of excellence in the yoga community, empowering teachers to authentically step into the seat of the teacher with confidence and grace. Her ten years of facilitating yoga immersions and teacher training programs has given her the ability to refine her craft, as has owning and managing her own yoga studio for 5 years, and offering her heart through these elegant practices.

She feels blessed to be on this grand journey of Life.

 


Education

  • Graduated with Honors from UNC-CH with a BA in Cultural Anthropology
  • Graduated from Asheville Yoga School in 2002
  • Graduated from Willow Street Yoga in 2004
  • Anusara Certified from 2005 - 2012
  • E-RYT 500 & RYT 500 in 2005
  • Over 2,000 contact hours with Senior Yoga Teachers: John Friend, Sianna Sherman, Desiree Rumbaugh, Betsey Downing, Elena Brower, and more
  • Many hours with amazing philosophy scholars Bill Mahony, Douglas Brooks, and Paul Muller-Ortega
  • Apprenticeship Program with awesome & renowned evolutionary astrologer Steven Forrest since 2010
  • Student of Adyashanti since 2013

Background

Lila began her fascination with exploring life through movement when she was 3, dancing everywhere she went as a young lass. Her exploration continued from there, including dance classes for the next 15 years. Lila's dance experience was mostly ballet with some years of modern sprinkled in, and she spent much of her adolescence in pink tights, a black leotard, and pointe shoes. She gained much from this adventure, including chronic low back pain and sore feet!

The first yoga class Lila attended was at the Student Rec Center at UNC right after beginning her first year in college, and after this class she was hooked. She knew she'd found something she'd been looking for (although perhaps subconsciously) for years. Lila started and continued a daily practice soon thereafter, and decided after a few years to pursue becoming a yoga teacher. Lila's college experience was steeped in spirituality and mysticism, something she is naturally drawn toward as a 12th House Pisces. She found a spiritual teacher on her path at a young age, and this catapulted her further along her life path.

Lila first attended Stephanie Keach's program at the Asheville Yoga Center and graduated in 2002, the same year she graduated UNC-CH with Honors and a BA in Cultural Anthropology. She began teaching yoga her senior year in college, and it was also this year that she began pursuing her studies in Anusara Yoga. Lila loved the philosophy and overall approach that Anusara provided, and it gave her an amazing method to work with that informed her studentship, teaching, and overall approach to life for years to come. Lila became a Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher in 2005 and taught classes, workshops, retreats, immersions, and yoga teacher training programs in the community and abroad. In February of 2012, Lila resigned her licensing with Anusara Yoga to continue pursuing teaching Yoga and practicing Evolutionary Astrology.

Lila has been teaching Rasa Yoga classes, (see description!), therapeutic sessions, workshops, teacher trainings, and deepening programs, inviting students to truly savor their experience of the yoga practice and of life itself. A yoga teacher for over 14 years, Lila continues to bring meaningful philosophy, skillful alignment, clear energetic principles, and a deep love for the amazing practice of Yoga to her teaching. She's led yoga retreats and service projects in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Mexico, bringing her love of people, anthropology, and yoga together. Lila also finds her evolutionary astrology practice deeply fulfilling, offering skillful and insightful readings to her clients on a weekly basis. She honors how its guiding principles keep her engaged, inspired, and connected to life's deeper meaning each day. She feels blessed to be doing this work on the planet!