about

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.

Schedule

 

Mondays 9:30-10:45AM, 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 Yoga Durango on Main Ave., Durango, CO

www.yogadurango.com

Contact to set up private lessons.

Workshops

Upcoming:

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

Recent Workshop at Yogadurango:

Origins and Evolution of the Namaskar

 
 

100 Hour self-discovery yoga immersion


Dive deeper into your yoga practice. This comprehensive 100 hour immersion will take you on a journey of personal transformation as you study the many facets and gifts of yoga. Facilitator Lily Russo will guide you to dive into yoga studies beyond the hour and a half yoga class setting, develop your own personal practice, and connect with the other students in your training. Special Guest Instructors include Ayurvedic Specialist Amita Nathwani, Kirtan Musician Cheryl Birchard, and Personal Trainer/Meditation Teacher Oliver Scott-Tomlin.

Investment: $1300. Early Bird pricing $1100 if paid in full by February 1st, 2017, $1200 if paid in full by April 1st, 2017. Payment plans available. $300 deposit due with Registration to secure your place. Some partial scholarships available.

 

This course provides 100 continuing education hours to Yoga Allliance Registered Yoga Teachers.

YACEP registered
 

Dates: First and Third Saturdays June-October, 2017, 11Am- 6Pm, and one weekend retreat in October 2017 date and location TBA

Location: The River Studio, 121 Grand Ave., Mancos, Colorado. mancosriverstudio.com

Course Topics:

  • Asana- Developing a personal practice
  • Principles of Anatomy
  • Mindfulness
  • Ayurveda
  • Pranayama
  • Meditation
  • Yoga Sutras, Baghavad Gita, and other foundational texts
  • Chanting and Mantra

75 hours contact time, 25 hours assigned readings and written homework.

Beginning after the first class, students will begin a daily home practice Sadhana in each time period until the next class and asked to write a reflection for each one. 

Testimonials

Kim Cox

"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

monicamesayoga.com

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. 

YOGA FOR INCARCERATED YOUTH PROJECT

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"Yoga is not about self-improvement. It's about self-acceptance." ~Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa

The Yoga for Incarcerated Youth Project is in it's inception! Lily will soon be offering weekly yoga classes for the youth who reside at Denier Youth Services Center in Durango, CO. Funds are now being raised to supply yoga mats and props for the students as well as pay for a specialized training geared towards this at-risk population offered by The Prison Yoga Project.. To contribute to this cause, please consider making a donation. Contributers will receive unique, custom made mosaics by Lily!

About the Center:

"Robert E. DeNier Youth Service Center is a secure residential treatment program serving committed and detained male and female youth between the ages of 10 and 21.

The DeNier Center serves youth with a history of delinquent behaviors, substance abuse, mild mental health issues, physical and emotional abuse, neglect and trauma needs, as well as students who did not thrive in less-restrictive settings.

The DeNier program offers a strength-based model within a campus-like setting that promotes diverse social and educational interactions essential to the competency development of students.' ~robertedeniercenter.com/

 

 

Contact

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

 
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