Lila Yoga Mindfulness Journey into Inner Peace – 2016 Trip to India

February 6th, 2016 by Grace Emmerling

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“Riding the pulse of millions, swelled with tears of Love, I settled into collective

consciousness, and awoke to a deeper knowing.”


~Yogacharya & Yogini Erica Kaufman, E-RYT500+, MFA

Erica and Swami Chidanand Saraswati These are the words that came to me on my first trip to India. In India, I was home and very alive.Since then, I have devoted several months a year to living in India. I have traveled solo, with students, friends, family, & each time it is a trip of a lifetime.I am pleased to say that I have been invited once again to teach at the International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh (Himalayas), India in March 2016…and…I invite you to join me!!!

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This trip is open to all levels of yoga practitioners.


This amazing 10-day trip has two parts.


Parmarth Niketan Ashram, in Rishikesh India will be our home for 10 spectacular days…March 1-10, 2016. This includes the world famous, week long International Yoga Festival, followed by the 2½ day Lila Yoga Mindfulness Journey into Inner Peace”.

About the International Yoga Festival:

The International Yoga Festival  is truly grounded in the authentic origin of Yoga. At the Festival, you practice and learn from master teachers from traditional lineages of yoga, as well as international yoga teachers of well known styles and schools. During this one-week festival, you will have the opportunity to participate in 60+ hours of yoga classes from world renown teachers of Lila Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Power Vinyasa Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, and Kriya Yoga, as well as additional schools.


“Yoga is not merely for our bodies, but rather Yoga is for our bodies, minds, hearts and souls. Yoga literally means “Union” – union of breath with the body, union of the mind with the muscles, and most importantly union of the self with the divine. Yoga is not a religion. It does not require you to believe in a certain God or chant certain mantras.

Yoga is an ancient science which leads to health in the body, peace in the mind, joy in the heart, and liberation of the soul.” – International Yoga Festival


About the Lila Yoga Mindfulness Journey into Inner Peace with Yogini Erica Kaufman

  • In this program, you will have a magnificent love affair with the inner beauty of your being. Two and a half perfectly scheduled days of physical and contemplative practices.
  • You will have the opportunity to experience the amazing inter-play of energy within you and around you–the hallmark of Lila Yoga. Energy becomes magnificently clear, radiant, and supportive, and a profound opportunity to recharge and re-balance.
  • We will start our mornings by honoring and awakening the full body-mind with Lila Yoga Sun Salutations and Pranayama. Our afternoons are devoted to cultivated tools for awareness, mindfulness, and meditation. We learn practices and applications of yoga to awaken blissful inner peace. We complete each day with a Lila Yoga asana physical practice and communal release into inner peace through Arti – a nightly fire ceremony on the banks of the Ganges River at sunset.
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This Trip of a Lifetime will take place in Rishikesh, India


- the sacred spiritual home of yoga.


We will meet in Rishikesh, the birthplace of yoga. Nuzzled in the foothills of the sacred Himalayan Mountains and on the banks of the Holy Ganges River, Parmarth Niketan Ashram will be our home for 10 spectacular days.

about-thumb-program This is a place/time to deepen your yoga practice and experience peace within yourself and within the ancient & majestic cultural traditions of India.When we come to Parmarth Niketan’s International Yoga Festival, we are reaffirming the good. We can get so entangled in our minds, and conflicts can seem so real. When we come together to do our yoga practices here, we reinforce our unity and commonality.


Your 10-Day Trip to India (March 1-10, 2016) will include:


• Classes & Workshops with world-renowned teachers at International Yoga Festival including  Lila Yoga Classes & Satang with Erica Kaufman

• Lila Yoga Mindfulness Journey into Inner Peace program

• Full authentic ashram living (monkeys & all)

• Nightly sunset Aarti Ceremonies (with flowers, chants, and sacred flames) on the banks of the holy Ganges River

• Presentations, Lectures & Discussions with some of India’s leading spiritual gurus

• All meals while at the ashram

• March 1-10 Accommodations at the ashram. Rooms sleep 2-5 people with seperate beds.

The following are available for an additional fee:
• Group transportation from Dehradun airport can be arranged for an additional fee. Please let us know if you would like us to coordinate this for you. Flying into Dehradun makes it MUCH easier to taxi to Rishikesh…usually within an hours drive.

• Opportunities to visit historic pilgrimage sites including the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, situated in the forest of the Himalayan Mountains, 12 km from Rishikesh

• Optional activity of white-water rafting on the Holy Ganges

•Amazing Ayurvedic Massage

Basic Costs for your 10-Day India Trip:

Tuition (approx $650 for non-Indians and less for Indian nationals). + airfare and that’s all!!!
Tuition includes registration for International Yoga Festival and Lila Yoga Mindfulness Journey into Inner Peace. Note that the tuition cost for the Festival has not been released, but it will be posted once it is released. The approx tuition listed above is based on last years IYF fees combined with the Lila Yoga Mindfulness Journey this year. Erica is donating ALL PROCEEDS from the Lila Yoga retreat to the Ashram’s DIVINE SHAKTI foundation to fund humanitarian work around the globe.

If this trip calls to you, do not hesitate; space is limited and we need to reserve your space!

Submit your information ASAP HERE!


Please fill out this form to submit your information.

For more information, contact Erica at 814-531-5452.


YOGACHARYA Erica Kaufman

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February: Understanding the Dimensions of Love

February 4th, 2016 by Grace Emmerling

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February 2016: Understanding the Dimensions of Love

Love! We use this word and it means so many different things…One dimension of love that has been of interest to me as of late is my ability to be within a state of love without expectations. It is a self-study for me. I am examining what it is like to recognize love within myself, within different situations, and to honor it…to honor the love that Erica is within/feeling as a complete experience. In other words, this love within me is happening, is true, regardless of what is happening outside of myself, within another person, or in the dimensions of a situation…

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Prenatal & Mommy and Baby Lila Yoga Workshops

January 28th, 2016 by Grace Emmerling

Life is constantly transitioning.  Pregnancy is by far one of the most remarkable transitions for your body, mind and spirit and Prenatal Lila Yoga is a way to bring greater awareness, clarity and joy as you embark on parenthood.  There are numerous physical benefits of yoga that can support a healthy pregnancy as well as breath and body awareness to help find strength and courage during childbirth.

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This class will help you to:

  • Relax and reduce stress
  • Prepare physically and mentally for labor
  • Connect to your spiritual self

Stacy Hall (RYT-200), a mother, will help guide you to find an appropriate prenatal yoga practice that nurtures you as your pregnancy unfolds, offering modifications and props as appropriate.   Please check with your health care provider before beginning a prenatal yoga practice.

This is a monthly 4-week class series. The next series begins February 4, 2015!

Mommy&Baby occurs Thursdays @ 11:15-12:15pm
Prenatal occurs Thursdays @ 12:30-1:30pm

Location: Lila Yoga Studios


Register for the low price of $50



If you are not taken directly to the Workshop registration page, click on orange button above and then on the Workshops tab. 

Contact Stacy at with questions!



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Intro to Yoga

January 2nd, 2016 by Grace Emmerling

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Next Session begins January 24, 2016!


“Intro to Yoga” Level 1

  • Learn the basics of a traditional yoga practice in a safe, small-class environment.
  • Discover the physical and mental benefits of a yoga practice.
  • Strengthen your body and mind.

Intro to yoga is a 5 evening workshop specifically for students with little or no yoga experience.
This small-class setting is an ideal way to learn the fundamentals of a safe, healthy yoga practice.
The Lila Yoga teachers will introduce basic concepts of a complete yoga practice, including:

  • Asana (Postures)
  • Pranayama (Breath work)
  • Philosophy
  • Meditation


Class starts Sunday, Nov 8th, 2015.
Class meets on 5 Sunday nights @6:45-8pm (Jan 24, Jan 31, Feb 7, Feb 14, Feb 21)


Your tuition is for the 5 “intro classes” in this series.

What you need:

We have yoga mats.
Just bring a water bottle and comfortable clothing.

Interested? Buy the class card by clicking the link below:

If you missed this series and would like to participate in the next Intro to Yoga series, please submit your information here:

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December & January Theme of the Month: Generosity of Spirit

December 30th, 2015 by Grace Emmerling

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Generosity of spirit is a state of being: a state that is free of fear and without the need to ration. It is a state of endless abundance.

Our relationship to this state of being can be nourished, fed, supported, and developed. When truly authentic, it comes with no strings attached and results in naturally sustainable ease and joy.

It might take a conscious mindful practice to cultivate an intimate relationship with the state of generosity of spirit.

A helpful mindfulness practice can entail a small pause between realizing something and reacting. Reminding ourselves that we have choices and do not need to follow into full fruition every reaction within us. We can pause, take a deep breath and a slow exhalation… Reminding ourselves that generosity of spirit exudes in every direction, including toward others and toward our selves.

As we resolve to New Years intentions, let us be within this holiday season with the generosity of spirit. May we let it loose and wild into our lives without looking to harvest from its benefits.

Happy holiday season.
Love and blessings, Erica

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