My mission: help others experience Health & Wellness with the tools of
Yoga & Meditation through Inspiration, Wisdom, Authenticity & Humor
Paige Lichens, Kripalu Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500/KYT 500) certified and registered, has been teaching since 2009. Over 3500 hours of classes taught over the next last +9 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). Also most recently Yin Yoga with Myofascial Release (2017) with Jo Phee, and then Level 1 certification in Reiki (2017).
Some of Paiges’ Teachers and Mentors are: Erich Schiffman, Jonathan Foust, Larissa Hall Carlson, Max Strom, Tao Portion Lynch, MC Yogi, Shiva Rea and AG & Indra Mohan.
Paige teaches yoga and meditation in a way that promotes confidence and peace. Always an advocate for body & mind positivity and health; her classes are designed to improve the function of the body, mind and spirit with options for modifications or alternatives as well as a reminder to listen to the wisdom of your inner true self.
She teaches many styles and levels of Kripalu Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Moderate Flow, Prenatal Yoga, Yin, Restorative, Gentle, Foundations/Beginners, Meditation and Yoga Nidra. Often she helps those dealing with their trauma (physically, mentally, emotionally); stroke, cancer, MS, TBI, scoliosis, hip replacement(s), fractures, sprains, PTSD, grief, loss, abuse. Regardless of the style or audience of the class, Paige teaches with compassion, encouragement and a hint of humor. She also teaches various styles of meditation that include Yoga Nidra, Sound Bath, Mindfulness, Metta and Mantra.
Paige is not a doctor or to be replaced with seeing those in the professional field of health and medicine. Instead as you work with your own medical professional/therapist if they refer you to seek out yoga or meditation then you know you can come to a class taught by her that is offered in a safe space by someone that understands modifications and alternate solutions you may find helpful. #WhyIpracticeyoga #MyactualYoga
Paige was first introduced to yoga asana in the mid 1990’s. First saw a yoga video and she also took a college class around 1996 that discussed the health benefits of many eastern practices including yoga. Later, around 1998, she worked next door to Unity Woods so decided to attend an Iyengar yoga class, however didn’t enjoy the experience at that time. Meditation and movement was a practice early on in her life during the 80’s; as she was taught meditation tools as a way to as a way to connect with her thoughts and emotions as she was a teen living with in an abusive alcoholic home.
Later in life, after a skydiving accident, that broke her back in the early 2000’s, she was injured and knew exactly where to return; She returned to Unity Woods in Arlington to help her recover and strengthen her back. She moved on to exploring other studios and styles.
As a teacher she has found her own unique voice that combines her knowledge of awareness into yoga & meditation and enjoys working with many who are new to the practices.
In 2013, without any warning, she suffered from a vertebral artery dissection and stroke that changed the direction of her life. There are many kinds of strokes but hers was from a dissection in the neck that happened spontaneously. It happens to young people and there is no warning and science knows very little about why it happens beyond the fact that the artery walls were weak and tare; possibly from neck manipulation. Ever so grateful to her practice she was able to feel the change that occurred and experience the stages of what happens when dealing with injury and trauma.
Always looking to spread the gift of yoga to others, she incorporates a fusion of yoga styles that includes many familiar Western names of Hatha Yoga; such as Kripalu, Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Dharma, Vinyasa, Yin, Sivananda, Iyengar, “Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra”, Svastha. She likes to explore, learn and have fun with yoga. More about improving function than alignment. Each of us is different and unique; lets celebrate this!
“I don’t teach poses. I teach People” is her attitude toward teaching yoga or meditation.
Native Washingtonian and she grew up just outside of DC in Silver Spring, Maryland. After over 15 years as an accountant and CPA, she later become an accounting recruiter (for 10 years). In 2015 she left her full time job to pursue teaching yoga, mediation & healing full time; following her Dharma to help others. She lives with her amazing and loving husband and family of dogs and cat in Alexandria, VA just outside of Washington, DC. She enjoys 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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