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Lela is an RYT 200-hour certified Yoga Teacher originally from Litchfield. She took her first yoga class while at Skidmore College, and cried throughout the entire class; the experience was akin to meeting a dear friend for the very first time. Her practice slowly- and inconsistently!-developed over the course of five years while working in the fast-paced hospitality industry in New York City. Upon leaving New York in 2013, Lela spent a year traveling through Southeast Asia and South America where she began to truly cultivate her own yoga practice. Spending time in yoga studios all over the world reinforced the notion that one can feel at home in the body simply by stepping on the mat.
She completed her first teacher training while living in Seattle in 2015, through Corepower Yoga. She is currently enrolled in a 300 hour advanced teacher training with Heather Rems Korwin at Sanctuary Power Yoga in Torrington, CT. Though initially drawn to power yoga, she has developed a slower, gentler way of teaching, guided by the needs of her students. She teaches gentle, restorative, yin, and flow classes. Her classes incorporate thoughtfully curated music, breath work, hands-on guidance and a healthy dose of joie de vivre. She is honored to be back in Northwestern Connecticut, helping friends and neighbors develop their own yoga practice.