What Do You Believe To Be True?

“Our words reflect our thoughts, our thoughts reflect our beliefs, and our beliefs run our life, especially the unacknowledged ones.”

-Judith Hanson Lasater

Happy Fall, Movers! 

This fall has been quite the whirlwind. I find that the changing of the seasons is a good time for reflection.

I have had lots of movement in the works; retreat building, maintaining a full work schedule, raising my daughter and trying not to lose sight of my self-care. All these things are wonderful and also require heaps of energy, which ebbs and flows. There are days that I come home and the best I have to offer is to lay down out of pure exhaustion. In these moments, it's easy to let my negative self-talk/thoughts/beliefs about my life take over. I can question what I “should” be doing differently, is what I’m doing moving me to where I want to be? Exhaustion can quickly make room for self-criticism.  I know these thoughts very well - they have been with me for a long time. . . .we are well acquainted. I know that I am not alone in this familiarity with that part of ourselves that is our worst self-critic. 

Many of these thoughts are tied to negative beliefs that I have about myself, capabilities I think I do or do not possess, fear of failure in the future or missed opportunities in the past.

Now is the time to reexamine some of these beliefs historically accepted as truth.

What beliefs do you hold to be true? Are there areas in your life you’d really like to change?

Here are some journaling prompts I have found to be helpful for examining your beliefs:

Look at the places in your life where you continually get “stuck.”

What is working really well in your life? 

What is not working well?

What have you been wanting to change and haven’t? What is behind the resistance? 

What would look different if you made this change? If you decided to make this change, what would be the first step you would take?

A few other tools:


Breath work





A movement coach (i.e personal trainer- nope, we aren’t therapists- but our body has lots to tell us if we listen. When we are coached in unhabitual ways amazing things happen.)

I would love to know if these tools are helpful to you. For future newsletters, what would you like more of? Movement videos, inquires, stories, self-care tools/resources… you tell me. My hope with these newsletters is to inspire you in some small way to stay curious about your life. To inspire you to move your precious body. I’d love to hear from you. Please respond to this email and share with me. 

I would love to see you at one of my retreats, classes or workshops in the future. If you are on social media my instagram handle is @lilahellerretreats. Stay tuned as I have some exciting new offerings to come!

With love,


5 Reasons You Need This Retreat💆


Retreat to Mendocino for 4 nights and 5 days with me and Louise Johns of Primal Pilates, delving into movement, meditation, and creativity, preparing yourself for the seasonal shift. This retreat will get you ready for the winter months ahead and all aspects of your health. It is the perfect time to come more inside your body and mind to reflect on your life.

#1: Practice Primal Pilates with Louise Johns

Try this 3 minute sequence with retreat co-leader Louise Johns.

#2: Explore Your Creative Side

Creative play is a beautiful partner to your mindfulness practice. Get creative on retreat at our pop up art table, where you can draw and paint, and get inspired by our mandala coloring books.

#3: Unwind In A Sound Bath With Natalie Lobue

Experience all that vibrational healing can offer in a sound bath with Natalie Lobue, Acutonics Sound Healing Practitioner and Reiki Master.

#4: Tools to Take Home, Cooking For Your Wellbeing

Take a cooking class on retreat with the chef at Bell Valley Retreat Center! Learn to cook yourself nourishing food for getting through the winter months with health and energy. This is an optional class for an additional fee.

#5: Treat Yourself To Ultimate Relaxation

Treat yourself to an acupuncture session with acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist Prema Arhin. Learn more about Prema here.

Picture Yourself Here: Bell Valley Retreat Center


🔑What Does Your Spirit Need? (3 Is Key)

You can’t rush your HEALING.
Darkness has its teachings.
LOVE is never leaving… LOVE is never leaving
-Trevor Hall

I did it! I went on a retreat just for me; not a training or certification. I didn’t teach or lead in any way. Just me as a guest, open hearted and full of curiosity of what was to take place. I signed up months before, during a low point, feeling overwhelmed and burnt out. My main intention was to reconnect with myself and come back to serve my community, family and friends with renewed strength.

I chose to go to Janet Stone’s, Ritual and Rhythm Retreat at Esalen. The three things I was most excited about: chanting, being immersed in nature and having food cooked for me.

This was the first time I had taken this amount of time off (5 days) just for me. And it was just what my spirit needed. I challenged myself and signed up for shared accommodations with someone I didn’t know. I now have a new friend :). Was every moment and every class perfect, nope. How could it be? The job was to stay open, be present and care for myself even in the hard moments.

Dancing, singing, hot springs baths, affirmations, eating and yoga filled each day.

As the layers of holding myself together melted, tears began to flow. I felt the deep exhaustion I had been carrying. I allowed myself to feel all the feels, I stopped trying to hold back the tears. I moved with the tears and let them fall.

During each class music/chanting and affirmations seemed to be infused into our very cells; “You are loved. All is well. You are loving awareness.” On repeat.

I had many doubts about taking this time away. Away from work. Away from my daughter. Away from my responsibilities, but… all I can say post-retreat is... it was worth it. Being a participant on this retreat inspired me in so many ways. I realized the importance of connecting to something greater than oneself. I felt the relief that being in nature brings. I felt inspired to teach in such a way that allows for freedom of movement and also the importance of alignment. I am reminded of my commitment to maintaining small- group sized retreats and neutral work. I look forward to incorporating more dancing in my upcoming retreats, get ready to move your bodies (:

What have you found inspiring as a participant on retreat? I’d love to hear from you.

See you soon at one of my upcoming retreats or classes.

In Love and Movement,


🌞 How Do You Do Summer?

Hello, Sun in my face.
Hello, you who make the morning and spread it over the fields
And into the faces of the tulips
And the nodding morning glories,
And into the windows of, even, the
Miserable and the crotchety--
Best preacher that ever was, dear star, that just happens
To be where you are in the universe
To keep us from ever-darkness,
To ease us with warm touching,
To hold us in the great hands of light--
Good morning, good morning, good morning.
Watch, now, how I start the day
In happiness, in kindness.

—"Why I Wake Early" by Mary Oliver

Summer is my favorite season. Each season has its unique sweetness, but summers are for me... just the thought makes my heart skip a beat. I remember the day school would get out and it was as if endless time stretched before me. The outside beckoned, art projects, reading as we laid under the big oak trees; sunlight dancing through the leaves, berries, long summer nights, music festivals and best of all—the river.

I would spend countless hours in the river with my sisters and friends. The water was cold and fresh. Full of tadpoles, crocodads, frogs, and fish. We would heat ourselves up by laying on the sun-warmed rocks and then jump in the cold water. Over and over again for hours. Just us, the sun, and the river.

These days I don’t have an endless summer, so I make sure I make the most of the time I do have. I plan visits to the river, make a summer reading list, and keep my eye out for music in the park events.

There are countless studies that link health and well-being with time spent in nature. Especially if we can unplug from our devices (even for a day) and let the rhythm of the natural world lead us.

🌲Benefits include:🌲

Lower stress levels

Less pain

Better sleep

Improved mood

Lowers depression and anxiety

Improved productivity when we return to our daily schedules

So get yourself to the water! We are 78% water and being near water allows us to rest into the pure knowledge that we are fluid.

Stand with your bare feet on the earth—heck, walk around barefoot all day if you can—the earth is electromagnetic and so are we.

And of course, my favorite...hug a tree for at least 20 seconds—trees are living beings just like us and this exchange will definitely uplift you.

Get the most of your time in nature by:  leaving cell phones and devices—try going alone, or if you are with people suggest being quiet for bouts at a time to take in the wonder around you….

What are your summer go to's? Please let me know of your experiences this summer—what do you love to do outside? How does this benefit your life? If you try the above...what was an “aha” moment you had?


This Fall, I am offering a beautiful, nature-filled, spirit and body-filled retreat with Master Pilates and creator of Primal Movement Works Instructor Louise Johns in MENDOCINO. We would be honored to have you join us!

If you're looking for a warm, happy place to land this winter there are a few spots left for Journey to the Heart in Chacala, Mexico with Master teacher Joerg Chabowski.

And those of you looking for a big adventure next summer we are going to SICILY!!! 3 spots remain—grab a buddy and let's eat, drink wine, and swim in the Mediterranean in between our movement classes...

In Love and Movement,


How To Re-Wire Your Brain

“Neurons that fire together wire together.”

What if you could rewire how you feel? Well, you can! I have alway loved learning, yet as a child I was challenged by understanding numbers, clocks, and the organization of words. I was diagnosed with dyslexia and received the support of a play therapist and a doctor who helped me re-train my vision. This childhood experience contributed to my commitment to study the Z-Health Education system and use this knowledge to support my clients with their vision as it relates to movement.

I recently listened to a talk about how the brain has a negativity bias. For example, ten positive, feel-good events could happen in a day, coupled with one stressful, negative event. The negativity bias of our brains will focus on the one negative occurrence. However, we now know we can change this pattern. When those good moments happen such as noticing the warmth of the sun, a pain free movement/exercise, laughing with a friend, an inspiring song or any moment that feels good to you, instead of letting the moment pass by you can choose to stop, take a few breaths, let the experience sink in and make a mental note. Even reward yourself for doing so by saying, “nice work you, you noticed!” Seemingly cheesy or too simple, yet this my friends is a game-changer. You literally can begin to rewire the firing pattern of your brain’s neurons and change the way you experience your life.

When you consistently do anything over time, that pattern becomes wired in your brain. When I work with my clients, remapping new movement patterns is one of the primary goals of each session. In the beginning stages of learning it can feel a bit awkward - this is normal - it takes consistent repetition over time to change our movement patterns, our thinking patterns and our feeling patterns.

For more information on neuroplasticity check out the links and resources below:

Neuroplasticity: The brain's ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Neuroplasticity allows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment.



The Brain That Changes Itself - By  Norman Doidge
The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle

The more we can challenge our “blocks,” the more we grow and the more we fully live. Please join me in classes or in one of my upcoming retreats. I look forward to growing with you.

In love and movement,

Our Favorite Photos From Journey To The Heart 2019

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for joining Joerg and I on this retreat. We had a blast at the beautiful Mar de Jade retreat center with you, sharing movement, nature, delicious food, adventures, and more! Reflect on the week with this photo gallery, and please join us for another amazing Journey To The Heart retreat in February 2020. And, you can come away with me to Sicily in June 2020 for a special week of movement and mindfulness, all while surrounded by deserted gold sand beaches, nature reserves, and vineyards.

With love,


Letter of Love: 2019 Brings The Light

“May the long time sun shine upon you.
All love surround you and the pure light within you,
guide your way on.”

I am grateful for each and everyone of you. A BIG thank you for coming to my classes, workshops, retreats, seeing me for one-on-one training, sending me your friends, sharing my posts, giving me feedback, writing testimonials, sharing your precious time, your growth, your dedication, your love of learning, your hugs, your ups and downs, your expertise and your light!

Every time I teach, I learn. I learn from each and everyone of you. I am committed to continuing my growth as a teacher in order to give you the highest quality training and coaching. YOU inspire me to seek out the top educators in the field of health/ fitness and well-being.

May 2019 be a year that continues to ask us to be our better selves, may we inspire each other through our actions of self-care, self- love and ultimately service to the greater good of humanity. Below are some upcoming retreats and workshops in 2019. I'm looking forward to seeing you there.

With a Grateful Heart,


Letter of Love: Slowly We Go

Life moves pretty fast.

If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.

-Ferris Bueller

When is the last time you stopped in the moment of doing something and realized you were somewhere else entirely? For me it was yesterday. My daughter was telling me a story about something she did at school. I was busy looking for something, while I was also trying to text someone and jot something down on a list before I forgot it.… I mumbled to her, “uh-huh…” She didn’t fall for it. ”MOM!” she yelled. “Are you even listening to me?”

Now, I’m a person who prides myself on taking the time to listen - it’s how I best serve my clients… so this shook me a bit- and it’s not the first time.

I responded, ”Sorry, honey. I wasn’t. Can you tell me again? Please?” I stopped multitasking and sat down in front of her to listen.

We rush. We rush as a culture. We rush to talk. We rush to get it all done. We rush to accomplish and achieve. We rush to feel better. We rush so much that these moments tend to slip by us.

I do believe that one of our greatest gifts as humans is our presence to one another. Especially now. This requires one main ingredient: slowing down. Slowing down to enjoy it, to taste it, to hear that which is being said, to feel and emphasize. Slowing down enough to do the right thing (like taking your own bags to the store, stopping to ask “do I really need this,” to open the door for someone).

Slowing down to listen to our bodies. These bodies that have an endless source of energy and knowledge to offer us. We just have to pay attention. Movement and breath are some of the best tools to bring us back to the moment.

This year, my goal is to slow down long enough to enjoy it. Will you join me?

Below I’m sharing my gratitude list. I spend about 5 minutes every morning writing down what I am grateful for. I invite you to practice this with your loved one’s this holiday. Share with each other three things you are grateful for.

I would love to hear how you slow down, take time, listen. Please reach out. I promise to write back.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

In endless gratitude,


  • My daughter and her sweetness

  • Hot tea in the morning

  • A good night’s sleep

  • My job and the freedom it allows me

  • My sisters and nephews

  • Early mornings

  • Help and love from friends and family

  • My bodies ability to heal

  • Quiet mornings to myself

  • Exploring new movement and places

  • The growth relationships bring

  • Good food

  • My clients

  • Water

  • Clean air

  • Workout sessions

  • Patience

  • New beginnings

Letter of Love: Falling In

And one day. 
You’re just standing there. 
When your jaw softens. 
And you realize you’re no longer the same as when you first walked in
- Danielle Doby

What is a story if not told? What is life if not shared? Our past is part of who we are today. Through sharing ourselves we give the gift of closeness, of connection. Here’s a little glimpse into my past and some of the factors that have influenced the work that I do and who I am today. I am a movement educator.

I am passionate about creating a safe, fun environment for my clients to learn. I am committed to living a life that is from the heart and I infuse my teaching with presence and love. Movement is vital to a healthy life. I love teaching and helping my clients find their inner and outer strength. I believe that doing good in the world is greatly dependent on how we feel in our bodies. During retreats, my greatest joy is bringing people together in community, in solidarity, a place where people can let go of the outer pressures of the world and discover a bit of childlike wonder again.

My name is Lila. It is a Sanskrit word meaning “the divine play of life.” Many cultures believe that your name is literally who you are to become in life. I was born at home under a full moon in January.

I am the middle child of two sisters. We were raised in the Siskiyou Mountains of Southern Oregon, in a small alternative community called Takilma.

I spent my summers outside, mostly barefoot and running free; riding bikes, swimming and climbing trees with my sisters. Being active was a natural part of our lives.

My family lived in a one bedroom cabin and had an outside shower and an out house (toilet) for many years. My parents had a strong vision for our family and worked hard to make that happen. They built us a beautiful home, gardens to grow our food and - yes - indoor bathrooms. I saw early on what it means to work hard towards your goals, to be a true pioneer an entrepreneur.

The first time I entered public school was in 8th grade. Before that, I had gone to a Seventh Day Adventist school, a community school and was homeschooled.

My parents taught me meditation, chanting, yoga and various religious beliefs, specifically Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, paganism and Christianity. A common mantra in our house was, “love all, serve all.” My sisters and I are all in the service fields.

I now see that this eclectic background and exposure to different religions and viewpoints is why I do not subscribe to one ideology about movement. Each of us is unique and I believe there is not one “right” way to heal or to move - exercise.

If you had told me then that I would teach for a living, I never would have believed you. I didn’t like being the center of attention or being watched. I went to school late every Friday, for a whole year, so that I wouldn’t have to give a speech. As I grew into my teens, I started taking dance classes - everything from West African dance to modern dance and ballet. It was then that I fell in love with movement, with music, with dancing, and with the cultures associated with them.

I was first exposed to Pilates in 1999 after a car accident when I was 19 and it greatly helped my recovery from whiplash and a concussion.

In 2000, I joined a dance company in Oakland, The Kendra Kimbrough Dance Ensemble, which led me to Salvador, Bahia Brazil, where I studied dance for two years.  While I was in Brazil I took my first Pilates training. Pilates changed how I danced. I finally understood what my center was! I became stronger and more confident in my body. I was hooked.

I knew I wanted to bring my passion for movement to a field where I could help others feel this way as well.

My practice of dance, meditation, Pilates and Yoga have given me the tools to take steps towards my dream of creating retreats. My goal with retreats is to create experiences where people learn to feel strong and free in their bodies and experience connection to all that is. My own health and well-being (self-care), my fitness goals to be stronger, braver and more capable as I age, have all been great motivators along the way to help me bring inspiration and success to my clients.

I’m learning every day with every body that I work with. Each client, each group of people teaches me something new.

I love to hear from you. I look forward to seeing you soon in class, on retreat, or in an upcoming workshop!

In Love and Movement,


Gratitude and Affirmation Practice

I invite you to do a practice of gratitude and affirmations that I do every morning and one that I share on my retreats.

1.) Have a journal and pen ready. Find a comfortable seat and take a few slow deep breaths.

2.) Write in your journal:

Three things I am grateful for in this moment.

Example: “I am grateful for a good night's sleep. I am grateful for this time to sit and reflect. I am grateful for my breath.”

3.) Now write a daily affirmation. You can use this frame if you’d like: “I am... May I... I am…”
Example: “I am loved. May I be blessed. I am perfect just as I am.”

Come on retreat with me to do this practice daily and reap all the benefits of gratitude and movement.

Letter of Love: The Balance Game

Make your
Growth sustainable
By moving at a pace
That is challenging.
But not overwhelming.

-yung pueblo

Everyday I hear from clients the challenges they go through in order to try to find balance in their lives. 

I too, aim to find the balance point where everything is in perfect order. 

My idea of a balanced day looks something like this: I work out, meditate, journal, make dinner, pack my daughter a perfect lunch, communicate and listen, call mom, call dad, get 8 hours of sleep, call my closet girlfriends and make a date with them, clean the house, shop, and work a full day. It’s overwhelming and honestly, sometimes I just want to cry. But then I hear my mom’s voice, “Lila, it’s just one day. Do your best. That’s all you can do, and try to simplify and prioritize. And do what feels good! Life is to short not to.” Thanks mom!

Balance in the body is not somewhere you finally get to, but an action that is ever evolving and requires many systems of the body to work together. 

It is always moving and changing. 

Closing our eyes, standing on one foot, and walking are all balancing acts. There is a wobble, an unsteady feeling at times. Then for a brief moment you find it - the balance point.  Until you add another challenge and have to navigate all over again.

The reality is that life is a balancing act.

 It’s not somewhere or something we may ever truly arrive at. 

An exercise to decrease anxiety around finding balance:
write down what your expectations for the day or week are. 
Be explicit about your idea of balance so you can get a good look at it. 
Try writing down the things that help you to feel balanced on a daily basis. 
Choose one. 
Do that. 
And as always, acknowledge your efforts. The brain likes rewards. So don’t forget to pause and treat yourself too!

I would love to hear from you, your thoughts, comments, topics you want to hear more about. Reach out. 

I look forward to seeing you at one of my upcoming retreats, classes, and workshops.

In love and movement,


2018 Brings The Light

“May the long time sun shine upon you.
All love surround you and the pure light within you,
guide your way on.”

I am grateful for each and everyone of you. A BIG thank you for coming to my classes, workshops, retreats, seeing me for one-on-one training, sending me your friends, sharing my posts, giving me feedback, writing testimonials, sharing your precious time, your growth, your dedication, your love of learning, your hugs, your ups and  downs, your expertise and your light!  
Every time I teach, I learn. I learn from each and everyone of you. I am committed to continuing my growth as a teacher/trainer/ movement coach in order to give you the highest quality training and coaching. YOU inspire me to seek out the top educators in the field of health/fitness and well-being.
May 2018 be a year that continues to ask us to be our better selves; may we inspire each other through our actions of self-care, self-love and ultimately service to the greater good of humanity. Below are some upcoming retreats and workshops in 2018. I'm looking forward to seeing you there.
With a Grateful Heart,

Winter Letter of Love: Ways to Practice Gratitude

“Dearly beloved,
 We are gathered here today 2 get through
 This thing called life.”

- Prince 

Breathing in I calm myself. Breathing out I smile.  
In the beginning there is you, in the middle there is you, in the end there is you.

Everyday seems to pass faster than the last. Weeks meld into months with a few breaths. I wake up and go to bed with two predominant thoughts: Let go. Be Grateful.

Letting go of little things, big things, and all things in between. Expectations … serious and silly. Friendships … when people grow apart. Sadness … when a loved one dies.

Practicing gratitude alleviates life’s disappointments. It helps us deal with our challenges — especially the constant process of letting go. Granted, some days it’s hard to feel grateful when faced with unexpected disappointments or news of injustice. 

Gratitude is the ultimate healer; an emotion that is so closely linked to love that they seem like soulmates. In order to stay sane in the chaos I have been taking moments each day to count my blessings. 

Here are a few inquiries for you:
1. Start by paying attention to all the things that you are asked to surrender to on a daily basis. 
2. Are you able to let go, or do you hold on?   
3. Can you refocus on gratitude in these moments? 
4. And, What are you grateful for?

Here is a little snippet from my grateful list:
- Love notes from my daughter and cuddles
- I love you’s
- Laughter
- My work
- Moving my body
- Breathing
- Holding hands
- The warm sun on my face
- My mom; her wisdom, sensitivity and her heart
- My sisters and their deep caring
- My papa and his humor
- A warm cup of tea in the morning
- Meditation
- Learning
- The ability to change my mind
- Music
- Birdsong
- Seeing people be kind to one another
- The farmers' market and the means to buy food that nourishes me and my family
- Eye contact
- Being human
- YOU.

This fall one of my best friends was diagnosed with breast cancer and is in the middle of intensive treatment. I and another good friend of her’s have set up this GoFundMe page to support her. Any amount will help. Thank you.

With a grateful heart,


Ground. Expand. Connect. Portugal Reflection & Reviews

"We had a wonderful time! There was a nice balance between the pilates and yoga sessions and free time (leaving us time to explore the coastal towns and relax). The retreat center was beautiful and the staff was attentive and helpful. We will absolutely go on future retreats with Lila!" - Copely K.

"My limited vocabulary does not allow me to describe how great this trip was. Accommodations were very comfortable, the food was wonderful but the pilates and yoga sessions were off the charts. The staff of Monte Velho deserves special mention as their courtesy and friendliness is genuine and sincere (shout out to Ariadna). Didn't want to leave." - Paul Z.

WeTravel Interview: Travel Influencers

"Which is Better: Yoga or Pilates? Lila Heller Combines Both!"

By Eva Casey

Which came first, pilates or yoga? For Lila Heller, the philosophy of yoga was her birthright, being raised part Hindu. In fact, her name, Lila, means ‘the play of life,’ a practice she brings to all of her offerings: yoga, pilates, and otherwise. The spirituality of yoga: meditation, mantras, and the values of ‘love all, serve all’ were instilled at a young age. As far as a regular practice, though, it was dance that started it all.

Lila Heller went to school for anthropology, sociology, and dance. A guest teacher from Brazil at the Oakland Dance Company in which she was performing invited her to go to Brazil to study. So she went, falling in love with Salvador, Brazil in the process. This was 12 years ago when pilates was gaining rapid popularity, especially amongst dancers. Lila began a year-long certification program in pilates so that she was able to stay in Brazil.

The idea to lead retreats came to her on a vacation to Sayulita, Mexico. A woman came to the house she was staying at to teach yoga. She informed Lila of her yoga studio in Mexico where she loved to bring people to do retreats. Lila agreed to bring a group of people back the next year for a retreat, having no structure around how to lead a retreat. But the next year, as promised, she returned to Mexico with a group of students in tow. That first retreat was mostly pilates focused with a bit of qi gong. Some of those people on her first retreat still go on retreats led by Lila today. That was seven years ago.

But why Pilates AND Yoga? Certainly practicing one or the other will offer enormous benefits, but what’s to be gained by combining the two disciplines?

Yoga has a spiritual component that Lila loves. The actual physical practice of Yoga (also known as ‘asana’) is only a small part of the practice of Yoga. The awareness that you cultivate doing Yoga can be brought to Pilates. The energetic breath work also feeds the Pilates practice.

And as for what Pilates can bring to your yoga practice? Pilates offers a different way of experiencing your body. By strengthening certain muscles and gaining an awareness of what’s actually going on in your body, your Yoga practice will be undoubtedly improved.

Combining Yoga and Pilates on a retreat then seems a natural choice. In Lila’s words, “when you do something for a week, two times a day, you feel like a different person.” Her retreats teach you how to move WELL in your body, not just achieve something. You will cultivate an ease of movement.

Lila says that often on her retreats, people come who never thought they’d able to practice Yoga again. They feel intimidated, but by the end of the retreat, they feel empowered and at home in their bodies. Or the opposite: Yoga practitioners will come to the retreat with a bias towards Yoga. Then after seeing how their bodies respond to practicing Pilates in combination with Yoga, they are floored.

On an upcoming Lila Heller retreat, at Monte Velho Eco Retreat Center in Portugal, she is teaming up with Lea Udry who owns a Pilates studio in Switzerland. Lea will be teaching Yoga classes, and Lila pilates. In between classes (there is one in the morning and one in the evening), you will explore the natural beauty of Portugal. The retreat center is located in the hilly mountainside, but near the beautiful beaches. You’ll have the option to ride bikes, learn to surf or simply relax in the healing atmosphere. This retreat is 7 days and 6 nights, a bit shorter than her usual retreats. But she wanted to allow retreat-goers the option to extend their trip on either side to experience more of Portugal’s culture.

From now until December 31st, Lila Heller is offering an Early Bird Special on the Portugal Retreat. Claim your discount by clicking this link!

Letter of Love: THANK YOU!

“May the long time sun shine upon you.

All love surround you and the pure light within you,

guide your way on.”

This is a thank you letter. I am grateful for each and everyone of you.  A BIG thank you for coming to my classes, workshops, retreats, seeing me for one on one training, sending me your friends, sharing my posts, giving me feedback, writing testimonials, sharing your precious time, your growth, your dedication, your love of learning, your hugs, your ups and  downs, your expertise and your light!  

Every time I teach I learn.  I learn from each and everyone of you.  I am committed to continuing my growth as a teacher/trainer/ movement coach in order to give you the highest quality training and coaching.  YOU inspire me to seek out the top educators in the field of health/ fitness and well-being.

 May 2017 be a year that continues to ask us to be our better selves, may we inspire each other through our actions of self-care, self- love and ultimately service to the greater good of humanity. Below are some upcoming retreats and workshops in 2017. I'm looking forward to seeing you there.

 With a Grateful Heart,