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I have often found myself in intersectional spaces, and there have found myself energized, humbled, and convinced integration across mind, body and spirit is essential. My profession as a nationally certified oncology LCSW in an academic medical hospital has flowed alongside 10+ years of study in yogic practices, ayurveda, bodywork and other modalities.

Some of these intersections have included sharing yogic practices with LGBTQ youth in a homeless shelter, teaching pranayama for patients preparing for stem cell transplants, leading an ayurvedic yoga therapy workshop in Beirut to benefit refugees, playing therapeutic instruments to help dying patients rest, providing chair massage for people who are homeless in a community health center, counseling caregivers of the chronically ill, and more.

I am committed to making bodywork, yoga and deep relaxation accessible while holding the wisdom and integrity of classical teachings. Daily practice, reverence, social justice and seva are foundational aspects of my life and my offerings. I only share what I regularly practice and only that which I have been given permission to offer as a bow to the teachers and the cultures of origin.

This kind of integration is nourished through lifelong studentship. I bow to the blessings of lineage, to Chinnamasta Stiles for her ongoing mentorship in the art of ayurveda and beyond, and to all of my teachers, especially my clients and their courage.

With great respect and love,

BK Lia Akhilanda

More about my training & experience: CV

Organizations I Support:

Accessible Yoga; Teaching Yoga in A Hospital Setting Article

No One Dies Alone

Care Through Touch Institute

The Patient Story : Caregiver Profile