Yoga @ Wesley
2nd Tuesday of the month from 6-7:15 p.m.
In this well-rounded, all levels yoga class we will experience both active and restorative practice as we unwind the stress and body-mind patterns that accumulate throughout life. We will start with accessible pranayama (breathwork) and seated meditation, and then move progressively into asana (postures). The practice will combine Alignment-based Hatha Vinyasa, Yin, and Restorative yoga poses. Props may be used in active and restful poses to help unravel tension and connect to the body’s innate intelligence and wisdom. Modifications will be offered in this all levels class, though it is not recommended for individuals with acute injuries.
*Private instruction with Lillie is available. Please contact Lillie directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.*
Lillie Wolff, RYT500, grew up dancing and began practicing yoga in 2003. She earned her degree in Human Development and Social Relations from Kalamazoo College in 2004. Lillie began teaching yoga in 2006 after completing a 200 hour Tantric Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program with Sandra Carden in Lake Leelanau, MI. In 2009 Lillie travelled to Mysore, India where she spent two months practicing daily at the Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute and two months studying with international yoga teacher and yoga therapist, Noah McKenna. She completed a second 200 hour Teacher Training in 2010 with Para Yoga senior teacher, Karina Ayn Mirsky in Kalamazoo, MI. In the summer of 2016 Lillie complete her 500 hour Teacher Training through Lotus in the Flame with Melissa Spamer in Kalamazoo, MI. Lillie has attended workshops with many senior American teachers including Sandra Anderson and Rama Jyoti Vernon, and is currently studying Heart Centered Alignment-based yoga, with Behnji Mason in Grand Rapids, MI.
Depending on the needs of her students, she draws from her experience with and knowledge of various styles and traditions of yoga including Tantric Hatha, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Anusara, Yin, Vini Yoga, and Para Yoga, making her classes integrative, intuitive, and therapeutic. Lillie’s classes incorporate creative imagery, clear verbal and visual instruction, and a sense of humor. Lillie maintains a dedicated sadhana (home practice) and empowers and supports her students to develop or deepen their own sadhana. Lillie feels her highest purpose as a yoga teacher is to offer a safe and affirming environment in which her students can not only increase flexibility, strength, and concentration, but also discover equanimity, inner-strength, and purpose on and off the mat.
Since 2014 Lillie has served as one of two Co-Executive Directors for ERACCE – Eliminating Racism and Creating/Celebrating Equity – an antiracism training and organizing non-profit based in Kalamazoo, MI. She is also a Core Trainer/Organizer with ERACCE’s national partner organization, Crossroads Antiracism. Lillie is passionate about social change and sees this work as an organic extension of her yoga and meditation practice. She is currently exploring ways to integrate social justice and healing arts work, as she feels strongly that both fields greatly need one another. Lillie welcomes and affirms people of all identities, backgrounds, and experience levels to her classes.