A lover of nature, mythology, dance, and poetry, Lydia Russell has been practicing yoga since 1996 and teaching since 2005. From 2001-2012 she was immersed in the study of Anusara Yoga, a practice that continues to inform her teaching today, along with many other diverse influences, including Authentic Movement, yoga injuries, birch trees, and her toddler. Rooted in the rhythms and cycles of the earth, her teaching of asana is alignment-based, yet flowing, and builds strength, flexibility, and mindfulness. Her classes leave lots of room for modifications, use of props, compassionate self-care, and spontaneous movement as she encourages each student to continually attune and attend to what feels safe, helpful, and good in their body in that particular moment. She also offers classes in meditation and yogic philosophy. She weaves into all her teaching an awareness of social and environmental justice, recognizing that the yoga we practice on the mat is merely preparation for the much more "advanced" yoga that we practice every day out in the world. As a non-Indian yoga teacher, Lydia is acutely aware of issues of cultural appropriation and strives to bring respect, humility, and continued learning to her own practice, as well as a commitment to portray all she has been taught accurately and with gratitude to her teachers and their teachers. A graduate of Hampshire College, The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and Sage Mountain Herb School, Lydia is currently pursuing a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.