Amy Di Lillo: The Diviner

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A woman of the world, Michigan raised Amy DiLillo’s journey to Massachusetts came by way of Texas and the exotic countries of Japan, Singapore and Thailand.

Amy’s journey with yoga began 20 years ago.  Teaching for over 15 years, Amy loves how yoga quietly shifts mood, posture, breath and the energy of her students and herself.  Her favorite pose is Eagle because it makes her feel grounded, yet ready to take flight.

IMG_2054cleansmallAfter many years of dedication to her yoga, Amy will achieve a substantial milestone this February when she completes her RYT 500.  This education provides significant insight into the therapeutic yoga Amy delivers in class.  Amy is drawn to energy practices and that might not be a coincidence.  Her grandfather was a Michigan farmer and practicing water diviner (aka: water witch!)  Using a fresh Y shaped branch clasped in his hands, Amy’s hands on the branch under his, they would walk the family acreage looking for the right spot to dig a well.   She recalls feeling the branch gently vibrate and tilt down toward the earth revealing water lines deep within. He told her she had the “power”!

Amy lives in Cohasset with her husband Tom, their 16-year old son Dimitri and two fabulous felines.  G a feral feline who was born under their house in TX has moved with them to MI and now MA.  Siam, a well-fed feline rescue cat appeared on their MI doorstep and has not missed a meal since.IMG_3451bssmall

In her spare time Amy loves to walk (or snow shoe) at the many gorgeous beaches and parks in the area.  In addition to being a yoga teacher, she is corporate cross-cultural trainer who works with either American executives about to live abroad or foreigners moving to the US.  Passionate about many things, Amy strives to support LGBT Equality, Civil and Women’s Rights.  “It’s all yoga, really…, she says.  “it’s about being present and uniting.”

Amy can be found teaching 8 am Yin Yoga on Mondays and Fridays. Thursday Evenings @6:15 for Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra. She is often also offering workshops using essential oils as well as Restorative and Nidra workshops.

Yoga for The Seasons: A Spring Ayurvedic Flow

with Stephanie Ford
Sunday March 30th 2-4pm

Spring is the most dynamic, energetic, and creative time of the year. Nature wakes up from her resting phase full of vitality, which she uses to manifest her creative vision after a long winters sleep.

In Ayurveda, spring is all about the Kapha (earth/water) phase releasing into Pitta (fire/water) phase. As soon as the solar heat is sufficient to soften and melt the frozen earth, creating faster flowing rivers and perhaps even floods, our bodies respond to this change in nature in similar ways. You may feel like you want to cleanse, purge and rejuvenate both in the your mental and physical body. This might also be called “Spring Fever”. Take this time to honor the mantra “Elimination equals Illumination”. Come join me for a spring cleaning flow with focus on : twists, inversions and asana that correlate to the meridian lines that feed into the gallbladder and liver. The Fire Element is honored by building heat resulting in a cleansing sweat!
$35 Call the studio to register: 339.337.3660 or sign up online: Yoga for the Seasons: Spring Ayurvedic Flow
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Power of the Human Touch : Assisting & Adjusting workshops

with kellie Lynch, February 16th 2-4 pm

Adjustments seem to be a lost art.

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by Alanna Kaivalya/ for Yogananamous.com

I have been to many yoga classes where the instructor never so much as places a pinky on me. In our modern-day society of litigation and miscommunication, hands-on adjustments in yoga classes can be both tricky and sticky business.

But we love ‘em.

I know we do, I hear it all the time. From the students who clearly remember the first time an instructor helped them into wheel pose, to the student next to me on the mat sighing in relief as an instructor helps steady them in tree pose. Students benefit greatly from hands-on adjustments by learning proper alignment, experiencing a deeper expression of the posture with the help of skillful guidance, and most importantly…by receiving human connection.

More than anything, what we can give students physically through assists we give them psychologically and spiritually by creating a connection. This isn’t magic or a new age concept that is hard to justify. This is real-life, modern day, hard-core reality.

You see? We’re all here to connect. In a yoga class, adjustments are probably the best way to do that. Our mental health and well-being is absolutely dependent on our connection to others, and physical touch is a critical part of that. Anyone who took a Psychology 101 class in college has seen the studies on touch-deprivation, and they’re heartbreaking.

This critical aspect of my teaching was illuminated to me many years ago when a student came up to me after class to thank me and tell me how much she enjoyed my classes. Her gratitude boiled over into tears when she told me, “Alanna, sometimes you’re the only one who touches me for weeks on end.”

I was floored.

But, then I thought about it. Here’s a student who is unmarried, and lives alone. Who is she likely to touch? Not her boss. Maybe her friends when she sees them once or twice a month. It can be lonely out there…and not just for the single ladies. Now, don’t take this the wrong way, readers. I am in no way suggesting that hands-on adjustments are a form of romantic intimacy. They are, in fact, quite the opposite.

Hands-on adjustments, when done skillfully and correctly, can be the most powerful way to develop trust amongst our students.

Giving your student someone and something to trust can open up their world and grant them the greatest opportunity that yoga has to offer: the ability to surrender. Before we go any further with that idea, let me be clear on a couple of things:

1.  Adjustments are not to be confused with any intentions other than an uplifted intention to serve the students’ highest good

2.  We need to know what we’re doing. We need a comprehensive understanding of alignment, anatomy, body mechanics, subtle body, and injuries as well as injury prevention (If you want to learn how to give safe and effective adjustments, come hang with me at Kripalu).

Okay, once we have these elements in place, then bringing skillful adjustments can transform a student’s practice in a way that no verbal adjustment could. By providing a connection with another human being that fosters trust, students have the opportunity to go beyond self-imposed boundaries and realize what they never thought was possible.

Oh yeah, I’m not kidding. I’ve seen it time and time again.

The student fearful of doing wheel pose is assisted up into a glorious back bend that they are so proud of they tell their friends about for the next month. The student stuck in a crampy half-moon is assisted into one that is so much easier and relaxed, and now it’s their favorite posture. The students who can’t let go and relax in shavasana and is given assists to release their hips finally relaxes and falls into a restful state—the first they’ve experienced in years.

It’s magical. Yoga is good like that. When we, as teachers, serve it up right, yoga will always do its job.

In order to offer assists of this magnitude, it is critical that we take it very seriously, as we don’t want any crossed wires, mixed emotions or misjudgments to come into play. We’ll need to make sure to educate ourselves on how to do proper adjustments and give every adjustment we learn the litmus test of proper discernment to decide whether it really does serve the student’s highest good. But if it does, it could be the catalyst for connection that the student craves far more than nailing a crow pose.

It can be the gateway to a real understanding of yoga and an opportunity to surrender that the student may not have in other parts of his or her life. It may also give you the opportunity to realize the power of your own personal connection, and what a great and glorious gift it is to be able to offer it as a yoga instructor!

– See more at: http://yoganonymous.com/alanna-kaivalya-yoga-adjustments-art-teacher-training/#sthash.n6NWb95E.dpuf

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