Five Pillars Yoga

Kristin Bilella

Where are you from?
I am from New Jersey, but I came to NYC for college and basically never left!

Who inspires you?
I am inspired by anyone who follows their dreams and continues to discover who they really are. People like Ali Cramer, Sheri Celentano, my good friend Nic, and my sister Lori inspire me. Also, I am inspired by my niece Mayla. She embodies pure joy and love.

Do you have a spirit animal?
Leopard (came to me in a mediation) which represents strength and intuition

Current favorite inspirational quote?
“Theres no need to rush. What’s meant for you always arrives on time.”

How would you describe your teaching style?
I teach mostly fast-paced vinyasa style. However, I do add some restorative poses and allow a lot of time for rest at the end. I also like to infuse the work of bhakti, chakras, and Ayurveda (sequencing a lot towards balancing within each season or dosha).

Silence or music in class?
Music. I feel music adds depth and soul to the yoga experience and I take a lot of time and care to prepare playlists that are appropriate for each sequence I create. Silence during savasana though is sometimes sweet. I choose from a range of music, which includes classical, hip-hop, 80s, 90s, pop, jazz, blues, classic rock, and so much more!


Which postures help you to #GoDeep?
Savasana (really one of the hardest poses!) and Pigeon (hips! hips! hips!)

Complete the sentence: I practice because…
I want to continue to get closer to my true self and learn to take care of myself so I can then be there for others. I was in a corporate job for a while I was unhappy in searching for something more from life and a co-worker brought me to yoga and I was hooked. After enjoying it for a couple years and learning more and more about myself and finally finding my passion I soon went to teacher training at Laughing Lotus and started teaching right away.

Personal Motto or Mantra?
Give myself a break.

Which of the Five Pillars most resonates with you (right now) and why?
Relaxation because I feel like as a New Yorker and a former “planner” I always default with the need to do and go go go. Relaxation, including just slowing down, restoratives, mediation, and reminding myself to pause, is a super helpful tool towards balance.

Favorite Sutra?
1.33maitri karuna muditopeksanam sukha duhkha punyapunya visayanam bhavanatas citta prasadanam —
To preserve openness of heart and calmness of mind, nurture these attitudes: Kindness to those who are happy, compassion for those who are less fortunate, honor for those who embody noble qualities, and equanimity to those whose actions oppose your values.