Lalita (Heather Silberberg)


My journey into yoga began at a young age, when I found my grandmother standing on her head early one morning – she taught yoga at the Sivananda centre in Montreal from its inception, and of course was my first yoga teacher. I have maintained a steady personal practice since 2007.  In 2010 I headed to the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Val Morin for teacher training. Upon returning to Vancouver I wanted to continue studying and practicing within traditional yoga lineages, as they resonated profoundly with me, and so I found myself learning Mysore-style Ashtanga yoga. I delighted in the individualized approach to this practice, especially given the long list of (non-yoga!) injuries I have sustained over time. My practice is now a blend of these two beautiful traditions – tapping in to discern what is best for the particular state of my mind and body on that day.

My hatha classes are essentially Sivananda classes – you will learn specific breathing techniques (pranayama), steady poses held for a time in silence (asanas), and concentrated relaxation techniques (savasana) to help cultivate the union between body, mind and spirit.

My power classes are based on Ashtanga’s primary series, and my yin and restorative classes are rooted in the head-to-toe ethos of Sivananda while drawing from BKS Iyengar’s restorative yoga variations.

No matter the type of class, my goal is to hold space for a calm, meditative environment in which to explore the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of yoga. Despite the seriousness of this bio, my teaching style is quite light-hearted and humourous – stuff happens in yoga class!

I practice yoga to help create and maintain peace within myself, and I teach yoga to share this peace practice with others. I hope you leave class feeling both energized and fully reee-laaaxed!! Much gratitude to my wonderful teachers near and far who continue to inspire me in daily life. OM Namah Sivaya!

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