This beginner-friendly class offers a foundational understanding of yoga as a practice of personal change. Introduction to gentle, alignment-based physical postures, breath work and meditation will provide students with the building blocks for furthering a practice and discovering its unique implications in their daily lives.
Inspired by her study of Kripalu and Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, Lilly’s teaching is founded in the belief that the greatest personal power is born of self-awareness. In addition to offering her students tools for practice, her primary purpose is to invite her students to listen to and learn from themselves.
Kripalu yoga is a style originating from Hatha yoga whose central emphasis is on compassion. Although Kripalu classes are offered at various levels, all students are encouraged to explore a practice that is personally nourishing and supportive of their own wisdom.
Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, a style developed by yoga teacher David Emerson and Bessel Van der Kolk of the Trauma Center, combines current neuroscience and yoga principles to work somatically with students recovering from trauma. The most important elements of a Trauma-Sensitive class are offering safety, predictability and control to the students in order to restore them to a sense of trust in and ownership of their own experience.
Lilly Bechtel is a Kripalu and Trauma-Informed Yoga instructor, writer and musician. With nine years of experience offering yoga in studios, correctional facilities, rehabs and hospitals, her teaching practice examines the relationship between self-empowerment and social change. Lilly believes if you can walk you can dance, if you can talk you can sing and if you can breathe, you can practice Yoga. Whether offering beginner or more advanced level classes, she invites her students to listen to their own music, intelligence and creativity.
Her writing has appeared in “USA Today”, “The Brooklyn Rail” “The Faster Times” “Public Books” “The Huffington Post” and “elephant journal.” She is currently working on a book based on interviews with veterans, which explores the role of mindfulness in the military. More information: Body Song Yoga.