Lilia is from Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico, from what has been known as “the city of eternal Spring”, or from its indigenous name: Cuauhnahuac, “surrounded by or being close to trees”. After many travels and studies, she finally found a home in the Bay Area and has been bringing her beloved yoga practice to different populations since 2011.
Lilia uses the breath, alignment, and mindful movement to release physical and/or emotional blockages. Her practices are about inner healing, connecting to the earth, and quieting the mind to help people deeply restore, strengthen and ground. She uses the power of the breath, prana, Qi, or life force, to awaken the unconscious with the intention to help people unfold their true essence so they willingly surrender to the Divine. Her students are all ages, with different levels of flexibility. Lilia’s teachings are influenced by Iyengar, Viniyoga, Sun salutes, Yoga Therapeutics, her Mexican roots, and, at times, Qigong movement.
Her on-going studies are on Trauma and its effects on the body. She believes yoga can help people deeply heal, transform, overcome obstacles and become more joyful, loving, and resilient.
Lilia currently teaches Yoga for People with Cancer, Chair Yoga, Corporate and public classes, workshops and retreats. Her public classes are held at Mountain Yoga, in Montclair, Oakland, CA.
She is eRYT500 (YogaWorks), Urban Zen Integrative Yoga Therapy, iRest Yoga Nidra, Chair Yoga, and Prenatal Lev. 1 Certified. Some of her current and past yoga teachers have been: Mynx Inatsugu, Gary Kraftsow, Jason Crandell, Jane Austin, Janet Stone, Betti Roi, Martin Jordan Kirk, Milka Scalco Krafsow, Richard Miller and others. She has also studied Qigong and Flamenco dance.
Since very early age, Lilia learned about ancient healing practices. Through personal experience, she knows that ancient practices have the power to heal and bring humanity back to balance as they re-connect and re-align people with the forces of the universe. Currently, she also studies Herbalism with beloved Bay Area Healer, Atava García-Swiecicky, and Angela Angel. One of her teachers has also been her sister, Estela Roman, a renowned Mexican healer and author of two books on Curanderismo, the healing arts of Mexico, and a children’s book, Ixchel y su Encuentro con la Luna, soon to be released in English.
Some of Lilia’s causes for the past ten years have been saving stray cats in her home town. Lilia, being a cat lover, has helped them find a home and the proper medical care they need. Due to her work with stray cats, dozens of cats have found a home and have been “fixed” to balance their reproduction.
Her current projects are working with children in Morelos. Through donations, she is funding educational programs. These programs are bringing yoga and arts to orphan girls and children who were greatly affected by the recent September, 2017, earthquake which left hundreds of people unemployed and hundreds of children without schools. The recovery efforts are still taking place. To make a donation, please go to the link on this site: Mexico Earthquake Fundraiser. Your donation, no matter how much, will go far. We thank you for your support and love.
Lilia is deeply grateful for everything given and everything received. She bows to the mystery and to everything that keeps unraveling. Some of her greatest teachers have been her mother, father, brothers and sisters, and her beloved cats and dogs who came to teach her about strength, gentleness, and unconditional love. She is deeply grateful to her ancestors who paved the way for her to become a resilient, conscious woman. She also thanks her yoga teachers for their honesty, their support, their graciousness, their humor, and for being the eye openers she needed to continue on her journey as a seeker of the truth. She aspires to be, first of all, a human being and continues to learn and be inspired by wonderful teachers who come to her in many forms. This site is dedicated to her beloved father who passed away in 2014.