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

August 13th, 2015 by Brandi Rollins

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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 (see 2015 program and schedule; also take a look at the list for 2016 presenters)

• Lila Yoga Classes & Satang with Erica Kaufman (asana, pranayama, meditation)

• Full authentic ashram living (monkeys & all), including one Ayurvedic massage

• 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

• 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

• Meals while at the ashram

• March 1-10 Accommodations at the ashram

• Monkeys and fabulous a authentic ashram living

• 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.

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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August & September Theme of the Month: Lila Yoga® and Cosmic Energy

August 13th, 2015 by Grace Emmerling
Artwork: Lila Yoga® teacher & practitioner Guru Suraj from Chennai India

Artwork: Lila Yoga® teacher & practitioner Guru Suraj from Chennai India

Lila Yoga® is the mindfulness interplay of energy at any given moment. Through the exchange of physical and subtle energy, Lila Yoga connects us to the web of energy within the body/mind and throughout the cosmos. By recognizing that both our body and mind affect this interplay of energy, Lila Yoga unites the physical and mental practices of yoga (hatha and raja).

Our state of mind contributes to the quality of energy and our bodies to the quantity, absorption and expression of energy.

Within Lila Yoga there’s an emphasis on sensitizing to this continuous cosmic energy dance in three amazingly simple and accessible steps:
1) cultivating AWARENESS
2) practicing MINDFULNESS
3) allowing MEDITATION

•First we observe and cultivate AWARENESS of energy and it’s movement (observing our breath, mind, and body);
•next we learn to apply our awareness by practicing compassionate MINDFULNESS in our ways of being in the world (absorption and expression of energy);
•then by deliberately harmonizing with specific energy quality & quantity, MEDITATION comes naturally.

Within yoga postures, Lila Yoga ignites this interplay of energy by connecting us individuals to the all of everything. We become one small crucial part of a cosmic size asana…so marvelous to experience! Just by aligning ourselves with specific energy lines, currents instantly move through us, strengthen and support us.

By practicing in this interconnected way, asanas become enlivened and dynamic! Asanas become profound opportunities to recharge and rebalance! You see, by connecting with specific qualities and movements of energy, we can experience ourselves as part of the whole–in an ever changing state of interconnectedness.

When physics and consciousness unite in Divine play of energy, it’s called Lila Yoga. ENJOY!!!”

~Erica Kaufman (founder of Lila Yoga

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Sun Salutations to Live Acoustic Music! Don’t miss this event!

July 28th, 2015 by Brandi Rollins

Start your weekend with Lila Yoga and live, soulful acoustic music!

Photo by Amber Leister

Join us for Lila Yoga Sun Salutations with Certified Yoga Teacher Brandi Rollins (RYT-200) and music performed by the inspiring Eric Ian Farmer, Eric Burkhart, Josh Troup, and Nikolai Balashov!


10-11:30am Lila Yoga Sun Salutations

Regular class prices apply!
Use your class card or $15-drop in
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Date and Location
Sat, August 1, 2o15


Lila Yoga Studios
103 E Beaver St, State College, PA

Get to Know the Musicians:
Eric Ian Farmer

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Intro to Yoga

July 22nd, 2015 by mark

Next Session begins Sept 13, 2015!


“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, Sept 13th, 2015.
Class meets on 5 Sunday nights @6:45-8pm (Sept 13, Sept 20, Sept 27, Oct 4, Oct 11)


Your tuition is for the 5 “intro classes” in this series.
If you miss a class, you may make it up in any regularly scheduled class at the studio.

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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Free Yoga Week 8/29 – 9/4/15! (OPEN TO ALL)

July 22nd, 2015 by Brandi Rollins

Free Yoga Week @ Lila Yoga

August 29 – September 4, 2015

That’s 30 High-quality Yoga Classes FREE for BOTH students and non-students!


Have you ever wanted to try yoga, but haven’t had the opportunity?

Now is the perfect time: for your mind, body, spirit, and wallet!

As a gift to the State College community, Lila Yoga Studios is offering a FREE week of classes to the State College community at the Lila Yoga studio from August 29th to September 4th 2015. Come discover the amazing benefits of an authentic, balanced yoga practice.

Check out our Full Class Schedule!

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