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Getting to Know Lila (Lizy) Whiting

Since her first experience on the mat at 21, Lila has found herself transformed from desk-bound lawyer to globe-exploring yogini. She recently joined The Life Centre where she teaches Jivamukti at Islington every Monday 7.30-9pm. In this feature we find out more about what makes her tick.

1. When did you first realise you wanted to teach?

I went to my first Jivamukti class in Manchester, as I was living in Liverpool and at that time there was no Jivamukti teachers there. And as I way laying down in Savasana I just knew it was the method for me and that I had to do everything I could possibly could to get to the TTC. It took 3 more years of solid daily practice but eventually I was ready and got there.

2. Who or what has been your biggest inspiration on your yoga journey so far?

My teachers. Usha Devi, a senior Iyengar teacher who has lived in India and studied with BKS Iyengar for over 30 years. Cat Atlip Douglas, here in London, who pushes me every week to breathe deeper and look deeper within myself. Sharon Gannon & David Life, for bringing this method into fruition. For developing the many Jivamukti teachers who have inspired me over the years, I always observe a high calibre in Jivamukti teaching instructions and physical assists & I can attest this to the rigorous training from outstanding teachers.

3. What do you think makes a good teacher?

A compassionate, patient and humorous being. Someone who lives and breathes the practice. Teachers are there to serve the students. This comes in many shapes and forms but if compassion is not the root motivation, then it won’t be authentic.

4. What tips would you give to a beginner?

“Practice and all is coming” Sri K Pattabhi Jois

5. What is your favourite asana?

Tadasana, mountain pose, because it is misconstrued as simple and yet to master is can take a lifetime. So much to consider and bring in to action. Every single asana has an element of Tadasana in it, this fascinates me, so I always look for Tasasana in each pose.

6. Where might we find you on your days off?

Throwing some shapes on my mat, bombing around on my bike, sunning at the pool, eating everything on the menu at my favourite vegan friendly cafes, climbing on things, doggie-watching at the park, perusing markets and other such delights that London has to offer.

7. What is your favourite post-practice meal or snack?

If I am on the go, which is most of the time, I will settle for a ripe banana, coconut water & a Pulsin Bar (mint or orange are my favourite) but if I have time I will get my micronutrients in with a good green smoothie or some sort of assortment of veggies smothered in avocado & roasted pumpkin seeds.

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