My mission: help others experience Health & Wellness with the tools of
Yoga & Meditation through Inspiration, Wisdom, Authenticity & Humor
Paige Lichens, registered Kripalu Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500/KYT 500) licensed and registered through the Yoga Alliance. Over 2000 hours of classes taught over the next last +7.5 years. Completed 200 hour training (2008) in Alexandria, VA. Also completed yoga teacher training through the “YoKids” program (2009) and then Prenatal Teacher Training with International Teacher, Janice Clarfield (2010). Completed 3 of 5 Svastha (Teacher Training for Injuries/ Mohan’s 2011/2012) and completed 500 hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training (2015) that had advanced studies within special populations, science of Ayurveda and more in-depth focuses for mediation, assists, and pranayama. Certified in “Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra” (R) (2016).
I specialize in teaching those new or returning to yoga to reground their practice or those that need modification due to changes or injury. I teach many styles and levels of Hatha Yoga; Moderate Flow, Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga, Yin/Restorative, Gentle, Foundations/Beginners, Meditation and Yoga Nidra. Often I help those dealing with their trauma (physically, mentally, emotionally); stroke, cancer, MS, TBI, scoliosis, hip replacement(s), broken bones, or PTSD.
I’m not a doctor or to be replaced with seeing those in the professional field of health and medicine. I allow each student to work with their own medical professional/therapist and if referred to seek out yoga or meditation then you know you can come to a class taught by me that is offered in a safe space by someone that understands modifications and alternate solutions you may need. My approach is to focus on the positive; that each of us are injured but beyond that injury or change lies so much more! I like offering different solutions and options to customize and help the uniqueness in all of us.
Additionally I have been hired to teach yoga at special parties, baby showers, office health events (corporate), private sessions, and Couples Birthing lessons. I also believe in Raja and Bhatki Yoga and incorporate breath, meditation and concentration as well other principals into the practice without preaching or lecturing. I like to keep the language simple, approachable and with a sense of humor.
For me I believe Yoga is more than a workout; “It is a work-in”. Yoga is so many things to different people for sure; such a small word that has so many meanings. No one style or practice is better than the other though. The best kind of yoga is the one you can do each day. What we do on the Yoga Mat is “practice” and the Yoga is our daily life. #WhyIpracticeyoga
I was first introduced to yoga in the late 1990’s. First saw a yoga video and then worked next-door to an Iyengar yoga classroom. Would hear the thumps on the wall and had to check it out. I attended the Iyengar yoga class, however didn’t enjoy the experience; I now appreciate many parts, however I wasn’t ready at that time. Meditation was a practice early on in my life though as a way to connect with my thoughts and emotions as a teen during the 80’s. After a skydiving accident, that broke my back in the early 2000’s, I knew exactly where to return, and I’ve been practicing & growing my yoga/meditation ever since. “When the student is ready the teacher appears.” In 2013, without any warning, I suffered from a vertebral artery dissection (stroke) that changed the direction of my life. There are many kinds of strokes but mine was from a dissection in my neck that happened spontaneously and is quite rare. It happens to young people and there is no warning and science knows very little about why it happens. Ever so grateful to my practice I was able to deal experience the change and see what happens when dealing with trauma.
Always looking to spread the gift of yoga to others, I incorporate a fusion of yoga styles that includes many Western names of Hatha Yoga; such as Kripalu, Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Dharma, Vinyasa, Yin, Sivananda, Iyengar, “Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra”, Svastha as well as some Kundalini. I like to have fun with yoga. I believe there is no one way to do yoga; just find your own way, explore, enjoy, relax and have fun.
Native Washingtonian and I grew up just outside of DC in Silver Spring, Maryland. After over 15 years as an accountant and CPA, I was an accounting recruiter for 9 years while I taught yoga part time. In 2015 I left my full time job to pursue teaching yoga and mediation full time; following my Dharma to help others. I live with my amazing and loving husband, our family of our dogs and cat in Alexandria, VA just outside of Washington, DC. I enjoy yoga, meditation, travel, music concerts, dancing, stand-up-comedy, gardening, walks in nature, reading, family and helping others.
“Om Bolo Sat Guru, Bhagavan, Qi Jai” – God, the real teacher
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