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Lily Russo has been practicing yoga most of her life. It has been a tool of transformation, health, and empowerment since her teen years. Her initial practice of yoga asana lead her to study all the other facets including pranayama, meditation, and yoga’s sister science, Ayurveda, as well as other influential disciplines, primarily Buddhism, the Tao, and plant medicines. Through these studies she has come to an understanding that all systems of life are intricately interconnected, and practices which lead us to recognize our relations to our higher selves and to all other beings as well as the natural world create a life of harmony.  As a teacher Lily’s goal is to impart her love of these practices on her students, so that they may use them as tools towards achieving mental calm and clarity, as well as physical strength and grace.

Lily attended the Shambava School of Hatha Yoga in 2008 for her initial training, and in 2015 completed a Prana Vinyasa training led by Monica Mesa, developed by visionary Yogini Shiva Rea. Over the years she has participated in over 700 hours of teacher trainings.  She crafts unique classes based on the needs and abilities of her students, the time of day and year, and her intuition around what is energetically calling for attention in the moment.

Her other work as an independent artist allows her to channel her life force energy built through these practices into colorful works of creation. She is open to all mediums, especially painting, mosaics, and textiles. With her husband, she leads Fire Walks, another transformational tool of self empowerment.

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Women’s Online 5 Month Self-Discovery Yoga Immersion

with Lily Russo

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Love going to yoga classes, but stumped on how to commit to a daily home practice?

Do you wish you understood the reason behind each of the poses, and how to sequence your own routine?

Do you feel like you get held back by fear, insecurities, judgement, and comparison?

Having a go-to daily yoga practice is what keeps me sane. Yoga has been a part of my life since my teenage years, but never before the past few years has it felt so necessary, my saving grace. Life as a self-employed mom of a three year old can be exhausting, and with so many things on my plate sometimes I feel like I would be a complete wreck if it weren't for my sacred, daily, yoga rituals of movement, meditation, breathing, and mindful eating informed by my knowledge of Ayurveda.

I've been teaching yoga for the past 11 years and have seen so many of my students hungry for more than what they get out of classes, but not necessarily interested in becoming a yoga teacher and going through a 200 hour teacher training. So I created a yoga immersion course designed specifically for women who love yoga and want to deepen their grasp and understanding of all it offers. This course is meant for women of any level, who know that yoga is about so much more than exercise, and are ready to more fully embody a yogic lifestyle , and have the knowledge and confidence to guide themselves in a daily practice. Studying the philosophy behind the practice opens up a whole new depth of self-discovery, and every time I have lead this immersion the women report major transformations in all aspects of their lives. Take it from Amelia who just completed my last Women's Self-Discovery Yoga Immersion:

 
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"The Self-Discovery Yoga Immersion was everything I had hoped for. During the immersion I learned a lot about myself. I discovered unhealed parts of myself, patterns in my behavior, self-limitations, fears & resistances. I also discovered great strengths within myself. These strengths have helped me learn how to get to the other side of fear & how to heal in order to reach for my highest potential. I have gained a much higher confidence in all aspects of my life & become more comfortable going outside of my comfort zone. I have discovered that perhaps what I fear the most is my own potential in whatever endeavors I may choose to pursue. I have also found a deeper spirituality than has ever resonated with me before. I have developed deeper compassion & understanding which has allowed me more peace & acceptance. The most transformative part of the immersion has been the regular commitment to myself. I have learned that this self-care allows me to serve others & present myself in a much more meaningful way. Allowing myself space to sit with & face myself whole-heartedly has given me a whole new outlook on how I want to choose my experiences each day. Meditation has been an exceptional tool to find ease & acceptance during self-growth. The physical practice of yoga has helped me to stay grounded & focused on living from the heart & remaining open. Yoga has helped me maintain contentedness & joy. My moods and energy levels have become more balanced. Although the immersion has ended I know that this is really just the beginning of a lifelong journey.”

— Amelia Hanna

SO, Are you ready to Deepen your yoga and meditation practice?

Are you ready to dive into yoga studies beyond the typical yoga class setting? Are you ready to change your thoughts and habits, and embody yourself in a whole new way? Yoga is a powerful practice with ancient roots and centuries of wisdom behind it. It is also a modern practice that has been evolving over the years, offering the most useful tools for us in the 21st century and right where we find ourselves. Yoga is so much more than an exercise class. It's a way of living, seeing, breathing, and moving that opens up your world in mysterious ways. This immersion offers you the chance to learn the many tools that yoga offers, to open up doorways to health, harmony, and peace in your body and soul that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Join the Women’s 5 month Self-Discovery Yoga Immersion for an interactive experience to study and live the yogic lifestyle in a more meaningful way, through commitment to yourself and the other women in your group.

Through online videos and audio recordings, a 170+ page manual, reading, written, and practice assignments, live video calls twice monthly, optional private coaching calls, and accountability through a Facebook Group, you will create a daily, at-home yoga, meditation, and self-care routine based on your unique constitution.



The Women’s 5 Month Self-Discovery Immersion begins September 1st and ends on January 31st.

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Course Topics:

  • Asana- Developing a personal daily routine

  • Principles of Alignment

  • Mindfulness and Meditation

  • Introduction to Ayurveda, Koshas, and Chakras

  • Pranayama

  • Yoga Sutras and Baghavad Gita studies

  • Chanting and Mantra

 

Your Guide:Lily Russo

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“I have been practicing yoga most of my life. It has been a tool of transformation, health, and empowerment since my teen years. My initial love of yoga asana lead me to study all the other facets including pranayama, meditation, and yoga’s sister science, Ayurveda, as well as other influential disciplines, primarily Buddhism, the Tao, and plant medicines. Through these studies I have come to understand that all systems of life is intricately interconnected, and practices which lead us to deepen our relationship with ourselves and the natural world create a life of harmony.  As a teacher my goal is to impart my love of these practices on my students, so that they may use them as tools towards achieving mental calm and clarity, as well as physical strength and grace."

Lily attended the Shambava School of Hatha Yoga in 2008 for her initial training, and in 2015 completed a Prana Vinyasa training led by Monica Mesa, developed by visionary Yogini Shiva Rea. Over the years she has participated in over 700 hours of teacher trainings.  She crafts unique classes based on the needs and abilities of her students, the time of day and year, and her intuition around what is energetically calling for attention in the moment.

Her other work as an independent artist allows her to channel her life force energy built through these practices into colorful works of creation. With her husband, she leads Fire Walks, another transformational tool of self empowerment.

Want to check it all out before you commit? Click the button below to preview the first module.

Investment:


Lakshmi Membership: $125 per month for 5 months. Save $100 by making a single payment of $525 by August 25th.

Saraswati Membership: $200 per month for 5 months. Save $160 by making a single payment of $840 by August 25th.

Self Directed Path: One time $200 investment


Lakshmi Membership Access:

  • Dozens of videos and audio recordings

  • Online 10 module 5 month course designed to make the most of your time and effort

  • A 170+ page manual PDF

  • 2 monthly live calls

  • Online group philosophy discussions on the Path of the Yoga Sutras, and the Bhagavad Gita

  • Regular feedback on your progress via your shared photos and videos, through the interactive, exclusive Facebook Group page from me and the other participants

  • Direct guidance from a passionate, loving teacher with over 10 years teaching experience and thousands of classes taught

  • A caring, committed, new group of friends to encourage you and hold you accountable to the path of a yoga lifestyle

Saraswati Membership Access:

All of the above, PLUS 2 personal monthly coaching calls with Lily to discuss your goals and challenges and offer guidance to help you stay on track, AND a printed copy of the Self-Discovery Yoga Immersion Manual mailed to you.

Self-directed Path:

Not ready to commit to the live calls, Facebook group interactions, and homework assignments? You can simply purchase the course content and follow along at your own pace with no obligations.

  • Dozens of video and audio recordings

  • Online 10 module course designed to make the most of your time and effort

  • A 170+ page manual PDF


Your Commitment:

To get the most out of this immersion, plan to devote at least 15-45 minutes each day to personal practice, and about 2-3 hours each week to watching/listening/practicing/reading the online content, reading the books, and responding to assignments via the private Facebook Group.

What you need:

A computer or tablet with good internet access. A smart phone or camera that you can upload to your computer. A tripod to take photos and video of yourself. A yoga mat and blanket or meditation cushion. Recommended but not required: 2 yoga blocks, yoga bolster.

Testimonials from former yoga immersion participants:

"Wow what an experience. I started Lily's immersion class looking for a physical change and I left with a complete new spiritual awareness. I highly recommend Lily's immersion course for anyone looking to find peace, start a home practice or learn more about the world of yoga. Lily takes this "yoga" course far beyond the western practice of yoga and instills  knowledge of ancient yoga spirituality and teachings into every class. Lily puts her all into this course and guides each student to the dedicated practice of yoga. Lily is a compassionate, knowledgeable teacher who is well versed in all the paths and limbs of yoga.” - Donitza Ivanovich

"Lily's enthusiasm, passion, and knowledge was very inspiring throughout the Immersion. Lily challenged us out of your comfort zone with great compassion and flexibility. I learned a lot and would highly recommend this Immersion for anyone considering learning more about yoga and wishing to deepen in their own practice. It is a great pre-teacher training course." - Cindy Meyer

"This immersion provided a warm and accepting space to learn and develop a personal practice. Lily and her guest teachers had so much knowledge to share and were very willing to answer questions and listen whenever needed. I highly recommend this immersion if you are looking to further develop an existing practice, or are trying to figure out how you can better incorporate the practices of yoga into your everyday life." - Heather Perry

"Lily's Yoga Immersion was a beautiful light in a very dark winter for me. Her joyful guidance on the journey within will help my light shine brighter in my practice and in my life." - Lee-Ann Hill

"I'm really enjoying Lily's yoga immersion course. She's a great teacher and it's a comprehensive course that feeds the body, mind, and soul. Great for anyone, at any level." - Gail Mallin

"Lily’s Yoga Immersion has propelled my hatha yoga practice to new heights! My daily Sadhana has become fuller and deeper with developing intention, more variety, and greater focus. Lily introduces yoga studies beyond creating your own asana practice including pranayama, chanting and mantras, meditation, Sanskrit, Ayurveda, applied anatomy, the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita. I would recommend this 100 hour self-discovery to beginning students ready to dive in or more experienced practitioners who want to take their practice to the next level." - Colette Cummings

"I got exactly what I wanted out of this immersion. I now have a well rounded foundation for morning Sadhana and embracing an all around yogic mentality within my life. It was also very enjoyable and fun while still maintaining a serious learning environment." - Kai Ceballo

"In search of deepening my yoga practice I found this 100 Hour Yoga Immersion. I don't think I could have asked for a better more understanding yoga teacher. Lily is very accommodating to your needs and understands that everyone has room to grow and pushes you into trusting yourself and deepening your practice. The variety of content gives such a great overview and introduction to yoga." - Lizzie Zoll

Try this free 30 minute online video to get a sense of my yoga style!

Sample Videos from the course:


FAQS:

Q: I am not very good at yoga or I am a total beginner, will this be right for me?

A: Yes! Yoga is not about how flexible or in shape you are. This course will guide you to start or develop a yoga practice at home, giving you a wide variety of practices to choose from to cultivate the kind of practice that is unique and just right for you, wherever you are.

Q: When will the live calls be?

A: The very first live call is Sunday September 1st at 10AM MST. After that, once every one is enrolled who will be enrolling, I will survey the group for best call times and do my best to find times that work for the majority of the group. If you miss it, the call will be recorded as a video for you to watch whenever you can.

Q: What do I need to be a part of this course?

A: A desire to grow, participate, and be challenged. A working computer with internet. A smartphone or digital camera and capacity to upload photos and video of yourself to our private Facebook group. You might want to look for a tripod or selfie stand for your smartphone/camera if you don’t have one.

Awakened Heart Women’s Retreat

February 8th-16th, with Ivy and Lily, Costa Rica

Join Ivy and Lily for an incredible week in Costa Rica at The Goddess Garden, where the rainforest meets the Caribbean Sea. Soften into the nourishment offered by a women-only retreat to give yourself some much needed self-care, with special workshops to help you reconnect to your inner joy, reestablish healthy daily practices, and renew your sense of wonder at life’s mystery and beauty.

During this week-long retreat in paradise you will have the opportunity to:

  • Practice yoga each morning to the sounds of the rainforest, breathing in the fresh clean air of a million trees surrounding the open aired yoga studio

  • Eat 3 delicious, fresh, Carribean and Ayurvedic inspired, mostly vegetarian meals a day, with some meat options

  • Spend time each day on a pristine beach 300 yards away from the retreat center

  • Enjoy the big beautiful pool just steps from your room and soak up the healing sun rays

  • Delight in the company of women, joined by the intention to be deeply nourished

  • Take part in a ceremony to honor the elements and the sacred nature within each of us

Included in retreat:

First and last night’s lodging in San Jose, Costa Rica

Transportation from and to San Jose to The Goddess Garden in Cahuita (by group shuttle, 4-5 hours drive)

6 nights accommodation at The Goddess Garden, Caribbean inspired bungalows nestled in the midst of the rainforest.

3 healthy meals each day

Daily yoga sessions

Special workshops with Ivy and Lily:

  • Divine Feminine Full Moon Circle: (with Ivy and Lily)

    On our first night at The Goddess Garden we will be blessed with the resplendence of the radiant full moon. Ivy and Lily will facilitate a sisterhood ceremony to welcome the energy of healing and connection for our week together with various heart awakening practices.


  • Restore Your Nervous System & Let it Unwind (with Ivy)

    Restorative yoga helps reset the nervous system for optimal health. Allow yourself to be nurtured by letting your body unwind fully during this extended practice. Discover which restorative poses and props work best for relaxing your body, and learn to recreate them with at home. Deepen your connection with your inner wisdom and strengthen your ability receive support with an open heart.


  • Ayurvedic Self-Care (with Lily)

    Learn self-care practices from one of the world’s greatest and oldest health traditions,and yoga’s sister science: Ayurveda. These include morning cleansing rituals and Abhyanga: self-oil massage. Abhyanga stimulates the lymphatic system, purifies the body, nourishes the adrenals, and leaves us feeling grounded, whole, and vibrant. Ayurvedic oil will be provided for a self-oil massage.


  • Root to Rise - Connect to your Pelvic Floor and More (with Ivy)

    The pelvic floor is the foundation of stability and fluidity in your body. Learn basic anatomy and some of the misconceptions around common pelvic conditions. Reconnect with your vital source and build awareness around your sacred pelvic floor. Deepen your understanding of how to engage and relax your Root to move energy held in your pelvis. Explore the emotions and intuitive wisdom that arises through playful movement and reflection to enliven your core.


  • Partner Yoga and Thai yoga massage (with Ivy and Lily)

    In this fun and gentle practice, you will be guided in partner yoga exercises that promote connection, trust, and surrender. Then enjoy guided partner Thai yoga massage, and ease your way into full and utter relaxation.


  • Awakened Heart Divine Feminine Ceremony (with Ivy and Lily)

    On our final evening at The Goddess Garden, strengthen the divine feminine within you in a ceremony that will connect you to your divine nature through meditation, partner work, intentions and offerings.

    Cost: $1665 -$2065 per person



Rainforest Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat

March 1st-8th, with Lily and Oliver, Costa Rica



Last year was so perfect, we’re going back again!

Travel with us to a land teeming with life, beauty and abundance: Costa Rica. For one week in March, we will immerse ourselves in the living classroom of Finca Luna Nueva (New Moon Farm). This extraordinary getaway is also a working farm and educational center. The hosts have deep ties to the land and are leaders in regenerative agricultural practices.  They lovingly cultivate hundreds of species of fruit and vegetables, as well as more than 300 medicinal plants.  We are so excited to share this magical and sacred place with you. 

Each morning the rainforest itself will inspire your yoga, as we move through an invigorating vinyasa practice accompanied by a playlist of bird and frog songs. Around the open aired yoga pavilion the vibrant greens and supercharged air of the jungle inspire awareness and conscious breathing. In the afternoons we will practice at a slower and softer pace as we integrate the day's adventures and turn our attention to the inner realm of our true nature.

During this retreat, you will have an opportunity to:

Refresh your senses, reengage with your body, and recommit to your health.
Reconnect to nature as you spend your days in the pristine rainforest and relax in natural hot springs fed by the Volcano Arenal.
Develop personal practices that nourish your spirit and reunite you with your own radiance.

 

ALL levels of yoga experience welcome!  

We are so excited to share this incredible week with you. Together we will practice yoga, pranayama, and meditation each day, dine on delicious organic meals, soak in the lodge's chlorine-free pool and solar powered hot tub. Together, we’ll go on several adventures: a tour of the farm, soaking in the volcanic fed hotsprings, and learning how chocolate is made. You can choose additional adventures or spa treatments, or just unwind by the pool with that book you've been wanting to read.

Testimonials

“This retreat was one of the finest experiences of my life. The teaching was on another level and the environment couldn’t be matched. For me the trip was one of the most memorable I've ever had and you & Oliver were major contributors to the experience. You taught me a lot just from watching the relationship each of you had with your own bodies. That may sound strange but there's no other way to express it. I saw gentleness, respect, awareness. You've opened up a door for me because it's motivated me to continue on with the journey. I plan to get more focused on my yoga and I look forward to whatever changes that will bring, going forward.” ~ Sherry Hooper

“From the setting to the yoga practice, the people involved, it became a week that enlightened my life and my outlook.” ~ Devon Wayne

“Such a great week of fun and relaxation. Plenty of time for self-guided exploration in addition to group outings. Lily and Oliver are amazing and inspirational.” ~ Deidre Newborough

“The experience I had with Lily and Oliver was incredible. I learned so much about yoga, meditation, and self-awareness. The experience was invaluable.” ~ Jaclyn Kotula

"This yoga retreat was one of the most regenerative yoga retreats I have been to in 40 years.” ~ Larry Conrads

“The yoga and mindfulness retreat was awesome. The staff here is so warm and knowledgeable about the importance of biodiversity. Finca Luna Nueva had many educational and experiential tours, including chocolate making from start to finish. The yoga was nourishing and strengthening. Oliver’s meditations are life-changing.” ~ Susan Russo

“Lily and Oliver offer a great and safe container of spiritually based yoga. The final meditation moved my body and soul, very emotional with a full release.” ~ Fred Boshardt

“The retreat was an experience that will stay with me forever. It allowed me to grow, to learn and to be nourished.” ~ Lisa Sneed 

About Lily and Oliver We relish the freedom we have found through the daily practice of yoga and meditation.  For us yoga is about cultivating harmony in your mind, breath, and body, taking the practice from your mat into your everyday life. It's about letting go of negative thought patterns, and unveiling your own highest potential. Read more about Lily here and Oliver here.

 

DON'T WAIT!  The time to take care of YOU is NOW! Reserve your spot as soon as possible,

Your vacation retreat includes:
• 1st and last’s nights’ lodging in San José

• 5 nights’ accommodations at Finca Luna Nueva

• Morning invigorating vinyasa yoga

• Afternoon sessions of gentle yoga, pranayama, and meditation

• 3 meals a day —delicious, organic and locally grown when available (special diets can be accommodated, please email to let us know)

• Visit to a volcano-fed hot springs

• Organic Farm Tour

• A beautiful chlorine-free swimming pool and solar powered jacuzzi

• Transportation to and from San Jose to Finca Luna Nueva

• FREE time!

In addition you may customize your schedule with these add-ons: 
Photography session with Oliver • Private Yoga session with Lily• spa treatments •birdwatching • paddleboarding on Lake Arenal • chocolate making tour • horseback riding • ziplining •hanging bridges • hike to waterfall • hikes in the Children’s Eternal Rainforest • and more!

What’s not included? Airfare to San Jose, Costa Rica, first night’s dinner (most flights arrive late), taxi to first nights’ lodging and return to airport, custom add-ons, and staff gratuities are not included.

Cost: $1650-$1850 per person.

Visit Awakened Heart Retreats for accommodation options, prices, FAQS, and to reserve your spot!

Weekly Schedule

 

Mondays 5:45-7PM, Prana Vinyasa All Levels at The River Studio, 121 W Grand Ave., Mancos, CO

www.mancosriverstudio.com


Wednesdays 5:45-7PM, Strength and Grace Prana Vinyasa All Levels

at Yogadurango, 1485 Florida Road Suite C-201 (upstairs and to the right of Star Liquors)

www.yogadurango.com

 

Contact to set up private lessons.

Testimonials

"Lily's classes are beautifully designed to nurture and transform the whole being. They can be physically challenging but also balanced, playful and inspiring. Lily is humble, open and heart felt in everything she does. She really cares about her students and welcomes everyone of any ability to share in her passion of yoga. Her classes have helped me to embody my life in a more authentic and meaningful way and I'm so grateful! "


 

"As international teachers and travelers, we can’t keep track of the people who skitter in and out of our lives. Some encounters are short, entertaining and casual, such as a chat with tourists who heave their oversized backpacks in the corner of the fruit shake shop and share their travel stories. Other encounters have an enduring impact. In this post, I introduce you to Lily Russo, a yoga teacher who visited Vientiane recently and changed my life.

When we returned to Laos after our month-long winter break, I received an email from the Vientiane Yoga Studio saying there would be a guest teacher for the next couple weeks. After just one class with Lily, Tony and I both developed a big crush.

Colorful feminine tattoos devoid of dark outlines embellished her arms – rainbow finches, symbolizing her parents and her brother, on one arm, and elegant blooming flowers on the other. Her soothing voice offered specific instructions to attain proper alignment in the asanas while making each person in the class feel like we were doing everything just exactly right. Her vinyasa-flow-style classes challenged us to find our edge, to focus on the breath, to revel in our strength and flexibility. Energizing music, often lyrical takes on traditional mantras, accompanied her practice. Emerging from shavasana at the end of each class, I always felt happier and more relaxed than I did at the start.

For three weeks, I didn’t miss a class with Lily. I also caught myself chanting softly and practicing pranayama (breathing exercises) at school. I felt joyful and light, even when faced with life’s daily frustrations. Patience, not usually an attribute assigned to me, suddenly came quite easily.
A week after Lily’s departure, I still feel the inner peace she brought to our hectic little city. My history of on-again off-again yoga obsession suggests I’m unlikely to maintain that gentle connection. But I hope I can."

Monica Mesa Dasi

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Lily Russo is one of the most integrated yoginis I have ever met! She walks the talk in every way, has a beautiful and embodied practice, and is a gifted teacher. Her dedication to the path of yoga and conscious living has impressed me and is an inspiration for anyone she crosses paths with.

Private yoga with Lily is hands down the best yoga experience I’ve ever had. Every single class is unique and specifically designed to help you to build strength of both body and mind. Her loving spirit and beautiful soul combined with a lovely soothing voice is something I look forward to weekly. Thank you Lily for teaching me yoga!!

Past events:

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Learn the Gayatri Mantra and its Significance

The Gayatri Mantra is a popular chant in yoga classes all around the world, and rightfully so. It is one of the oldest and most repeated prayers and carries a powerful message and dedication to the path of bringing your highest potential to light. Learn the words and meaning and practice chanting this powerful mantra.

Thursday April 27th, 2017, at Yogadurango on Florida Rd. 7:30PM

 

Origins and Evolution of the Namaskar

 
 
 

Contact

Email lilyrusso@gmail.com, visit my Facebook Page, connect with me on Instagram, or use the Contact Form below.

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