East Meets West Yoga Center

Anita Schill

My spiritual journey began in 1989 when I awoke to find myself living a life that was not mine. I had become so disconnected from my true nature that I was adrift; buffeted by the unrelenting winds of societal expectations. I had no choice but to venture into the unknown to reclaim my human birthright: joy and freedom in this lifetime. Yoga became my path of salvation. I first experienced yoga on the wooded trails of urban parks. It was through this practice that I, once again, became whole and rediscovered my union with all that is divine. I came to understand that boundaries are limitations we place upon ourselves – they are illusions that keep us from living our truth. My formal yoga studies began in 1999 at Willow Street Yoga Center in Maryland, where ten years later, I began the two-year yoga teacher training program in the Anusara® tradition. My primary teachers were and continue to be Suzie Hurley, Maria Hamburger, and Lucy Lomax. I completed my teacher training in 2011, earning the Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) 200 credential from Yoga Alliance. It is an honor and privilege to hold the seat of the yoga teacher. I believe that each class is an opportunity to open hearts and minds and serve as a guide along the path of self-discovery. I use different themes for each class to provide time for self-reflection and expansion beyond habitual patterns of living. I encourage exploration of yoga starting from the inside and leading to playful outward expression of each pose. My lifelong interest in health includes Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga. In 2012, I completed formal studies through the Himalayan Institute and became a Certified Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist. I also continue my yoga teacher training and have completed numerous workshops with senior teachers including: Todd Norian, Ann Greene, Betsey Downing, Doug Keller, and Sianna Sherman. When not teaching yoga, I am a senior science advisor in occupational safety and health for a federal research institute. I have a PhD in occupational health, a master’s of public health, and a master’s in occupational safety and health. My undergraduate studies were in nursing.

"What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?" ~Robert Schuller