Steamboat’s Yoga Lila hopes donation-based classes will extend reach
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Yoga Lila, which opened it’s doors two years ago, doesn’t want to put a price on the benefits of the ancient spiritual and ascetic discipline they teach in their studio. But they will accept a donation.
“We have been open for two years, but we just went donation based this summer summer,” said Molly Kinsella, manager and one of five instructors who teach classes at the studio that is located at 1955 Bridge Lane in Steamboat Springs.
The studio, which is owned by Jasmine and Matt Holthuasen, opened February 2016. The studio offers classes Monday through Friday and on Sundays with classes for all levels and all ages. The studio offers classes in yin yoga a slow-paced style of yoga with postures, or asanas, that are held for longer periods of time. The studio also offers classes in hatha yoga — a system of physical exercises and breathing control — and Buti yoga — a movement methodology that is drawn from primal movement, tribal dance and ancient yoga techniques.
“Basically, we are hoping to be that community-based, go-back-to-the-roots-of-yoga studio,” Kinsella said. “ We are hoping to serve the community by keeping all the classes donation based.”
The studio’s five instructors include Kinsella, who is former USA Women’s Rugby National Team representative. She hopes to inspire wellness in her students through a strong foundational-based hatha yoga and pushes her students to grow, connect and find fullness in their own bodies.
Other instructors at the studio include Annie Dillman, who discovered that yoga helped to ease the pain caused by sciatica and now works with an alignment-based hatha flow to teach and inspire each student. There is also Kim Holm who originally trained in a vinyasa flow style of yoga, but is slowing things down at Lila, teaching a Yin-style practice to embrace full selves, and heal with the breath.
Camille Hatch has taught all across the country and brings a strong vinyasa flow and vibrant teachings to each of her classes. Nicole LeDuc, who has spent years teaching African tribal dance and belly dance finds a balance of plyometrics, jamming beats and yoga in her weekly buti yoga class that will help each student unlock their inner self and connect on a deeper level.
This summer the studio started offering donation-based lessons. These days, those wanting to take a class can stop by the studio. A schedule can be found at yogalilasteamboat.com/schedule. Those attending are asked for a suggested $10 donation, but the final donation is really left up to those taking the class.
“We are hoping to expand our reach,” Kinsella said. “By offering donation-based classes, we really hope to expand to populations that have not been served or people who are new, or really scared, or kind of scared, of yoga. We want to be friendly to beginners and especial those who are older. We really have poses and variation for every age range.”
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