Contact Improvisation Class and Jam with Amie Davis

July 5th, 2016 by developer


Event/Class Description:
Contact Improvisation explores the vast potential for movement generated by two or more people, communicating spontaneously through weight, motion and touch. Through the physical principles of touch, momentum, and weight sharing, this class explores the skills of falling, rolling, counterbalance, lifting using minimal effort, how to make ourselves light when being lifted, centering and breathing techniques, and responsiveness to our partners and surroundings. Traditional dance backgrounds are not needed.

In the first class I will be teaching low level partnering skills:
o How to release your body weight through another body and into the floor
o How to support your partner from all fours
o How to safely give your own body weight to a partner.
o How to effectively enter and exit duo’s/trio’s/ or group dances in a jam setting.

In the second class, I will be teaching the Medium and High Level Partnering skills, as well as the importance of falling safely.
• Participants can expect to develop a greater awareness of their own body and of their surroundings.
• Participants should enter the class and jam with an open mind and willingness to try new ideas.
• Participants may learn how to use gravity, momentum, weightedness, and breath to their advantage.

Experience needed:
• All are welcome- no dance experience necessary!
• Attending both the class and jam are recommended, but you can attend either (class/jam).

What to bring:
Water and comfortable clothing

Class Dates/Times:
July 28th & August 4th (Thursdays)
5-8PM (5-6:30PM class, Jam from 6:45PM)

Class Location:
Visual Arts Building, Room 209
Penn State Campus

Google Map:

Class Costs
No pre-registration required
Donations welcome for class and live music at the jam

Teacher Bio:

Amie Davis, BA in Dance (Slippery Rock University), MFA in Dance (Texas Woman’s University)
Amie Davis holds a BA in Dance from Slippery Rock University and an MFA in Dance from Texas Woman’s University, where she was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award. Currently, Amie is the owner and Artistic Director at Davis Dance Center and is a Professor of Dance at Penn State University. Amie has been a performer for choreographers that are nationally and internationally recognized as professionals in the field. In 2007 Amie traveled to India to teach modern and hip-hop classes and learn a classical form of Indian dance. In 2008 Amie attended CI36 (Contact Improvisation’s 36th birthday festival) and has been practicing and teaching Contact ever since.

This event is hosted by Lila Yoga Studios and Lila Soul Dance

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Introduction to AcroYoga

July 5th, 2016 by Erica


Class Description:
AcroYoga blends the wisdom of yoga, the dynamic power of acrobatics, and the loving kindness of healing arts. Come join Acro Revolution and Partner Acrobatics teacher John Marquiss and Lila Yoga founder Erica Kaufman for two introductory sessions into this beautiful practice.

Experience Needed:
This class is perfect for beginner practitioners! All are welcome.

What to bring:
We have yoga mats! Just bring a water bottle and comfortable clothing.

July 31 7:00pm – 9:00pm
August 7 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Class Location:
Lila Yoga Studios, 103 E. Beaver Ave, 2nd Floor, Downtown State College, PA 16801

Register in advance to claim your spot. Registration cost is $35 for both classes: (then select the “Workshops” tab at the top of the page. The workshop will be listed.)

Drop-ins are okay ($20 per class).

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Your teachers:

John Marquiss, Acro Revolution teacher, Partner Acrobatics teacher
John is a certified Acro Revolution and Partner Acrobatics instructor, and is a graduate of Pitch Catch Circus. He has learned from and shared with Acro communities all over the world. He may be the first person to have done AcroYoga on all 7 continents. John is passionate about Acro and can’t wait to share it with you!

Erica Kaufman, MFA, E-RYT500+
Erica is a dancer, choreographer, yogini, and a Contact Improviser.

Erica is a life-long student of:
  • Krishnamacharya’s teachings and studies at Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, India
  • Krishnamurti’s philosophy and studies at Krishnamurti Foundation
  • Florence Kaufman, her yogacharya mother who introduced her to yoga
  • Dr Clayton McCracken, meditation teacher
More info on Erica:
  • Founder of Lila Yoga®
  • Holds the Highest Level of Registry with Yoga Alliance
  • Practicing since 1975, teaching since 1984 since
  • Yoga Journal noted Erica’s Lîla Yoga classes with its signature Karma Credit.
  • Shambhala Mountain Center faculty since 2005 -offering annual Lila Yoga Retreats
  • formal studies in Body Mind Centering, Contemplative Dance, Authentic Movement, Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Mindfulness Living, Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique.
  • Teaching Contact Improvisation since 1989
  • In 2008 worked with Nancy Stark Smith to coordinate CI36 – the international, once a decade, celebration commemorating the inception of Contact Improvisation.

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Yoga, Food & Body Image Intensive

June 28th, 2016 by developer


Workshop Description:

  • Discover how yoga can support healthy eating and positive body image.
  • Explore mindfulness-based practices for tuning into hunger and fullness signals.
  • Experience the main components of the Eat Breathe Thrive program: four simple and applicable principles to support a healthy relationship with food, body, and oneself.
  • Learn how to use your unique skills and talents to help individuals fully recover from food and body image challenges on all ends of the spectrum.

The Yoga, Food & Body Image Intensive is an innovative yoga-based training for disordered eating and negative body image. Open to both helping professionals and the general public, this in-depth training opportunity is ideal for yoga teachers, educators, fitness professionals, and mental health practitioners alike.
This training serves as Module One of the Eat Breathe Thrive Facilitator Training a certificate program designed to support professionals in offering an integrative, mind-body program to individuals with food and body image challenges.


Experience Required:
No yoga experience needed. Come as you are!

What to bring:
The studio will supply yoga mats. Just bring a pen and yourself!

Dates and Times:
Friday, November 11
10am-1pm; 2pm-5pm

Saturday, November 12
10am-12pm; 1pm-5pm

Sunday, November 13
10am-12pm; 1pm-5pm

Lila Yoga Studios, 103 E. Beaver Ave, 2nd Floor, Downtown State College, PA 16801.

Click on this link: and then select the “Workshops” tab at the top of the page. The workshop will be listed.


Chelsea-Roff-by-Sarit-PhotographyYour Instructor:
Chelsea Roff, RYT 200, B.S. in Neuroscience and Health Psychology
Chelsea Roff is the Founder and Director of Eat Breathe Thrive™, a non-profit organization that prevents and helps individuals overcome disordered eating and negative body image. An internationally recognized author, speaker, and yoga teacher, Chelsea has spent the past five years pioneering integrative health programs for people with mental health challenges.

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Lila Ecstatic Dance

June 27th, 2016 by Erica

Lila Ecstatic Dance

Ecstatic dance is a time to celebrate all the ways we move! You are invited to trust your intuition and your own unique dance. Based in the exploration energy of Lila and influenced by Gabrielle Roth’s 5 Rhythms, this class will help you shake out your week, find your power, and feel amazing in your body!

Experience Required:
None! No dance background is required and everybody is welcome.

What to bring:
Just bring a water bottle and comfortable clothing.

Class Dates and Time:
Saturdays @ 7-8pm (Specific Dates: 6/11, 6/18, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16 (arts fest), 8/6)

Lila Yoga Studios
103 E. Beaver Ave, 2nd Floor
Downtown State College, PA 16801

Regular class prices apply! See our class price list:
No pre-registration required.

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Rachel Thor, RYT-200
Rachel Thor is a State College native who finds her roots at home and her wings around the world. She completed the Lila 200 hr teacher training in 2014 and has found her passion for movement in the free-explorations of Lila’s energy, and in Erica’s introduction of contact improv and ecstatic dance. Since then she’s been practicing movement in many forms including 5 rhythms dance, and has begun discovering the deep connections between moving through her body and moving through her life.

Today Rachel offers relationship and purpose coaching, is applying to somatic psychotherapy grad programs, and does graphic design. You can learn more at

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International Yoga Day 2016 @ Lila on June 21, 2016

June 2nd, 2016 by Brandi Rollins

“International Yoga Day is a worldwide celebration and acknowledgment of unity and peace.The human mind is capable of such divisiveness. The great science of yoga gives us the tools to realize our place within and as part of the whole. Each of us is a vital part of the cosmos… Sending waves of energy through time and space.

When we practice yoga we are harmonizing, quieting distractions and being at one. A healthy mind supports healthy body, healthy community, healthy world within the cosmic all. I invite each of you to come and celebrate the magnificence of noncompetitive goodness, love, clarity, tranquility, peace…YOGA!!!” ~Erica


In honor of the world’s International Yoga Day…


Lila Yoga Studios is having a FREE Open House!


Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Come check out our studio, take a class, eat some food, and meet our dynamic Lila Yoga Community <3
All yoga classes are FREE on International Yoga Day!

If you have been wanting to try yoga, this is the perfect time to start 🙂

Our International Yoga Day Schedule:

8-9am Gentle Lila Yoga class
Take some time to slow down, relax, and ease your body, mind, and soul with Gentle Lila Yoga.This class is great for all levels, from those brand new to yoga to experienced practitioners who enjoy a slow, gentle, vinyasa flow practice.
10-11am Lila Yoga Sun Salutations class
Sun Salutations is a rejuvenating sequence of postures and movements designed to awaken the body and prepare it for daily living.
12-1pm Open House + Community Lunch Potluck
Come and hangout with us! Learn more about Lila Yoga, our classes, teacher training programs, and our energizing community. Bring your lunch and/or something to share. There will be more than enough 🙂
5:30-7pm All Levels Lila Yoga class
An invigorating practice open to all experienced practitioners & beginners alike! Modifications to suit your level will be given.
7-8pm Open House + Community Snack Potluck
Lila Open House PART 2! Stay after the 5:30pm class or come before the 8pm class to learn more about Lila Yoga, our classes, teacher training programs, and our fun community. Bring a small snack to share or enjoy a snack on us 🙂
8-9pm Moon Salutations class
Moon salutations are traditionally a sister to the sun salutations. This energetic vinyasa style practice moves on the lateral plane and includes spontaneous movement, inner meditation, and an invitation to honor all the phases of the moon and the cycles of your life.

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103 E Beaver St, State College, PA


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