Felicia Hilscher is a Yin Yoga Instructor and Reiki Practitioner who holds space for souls looking to find some stillness and balance.
At the age of 26, Felicia was diagnosed with Endometriosis. It was during her frustration with the pain and unanswered questions that she found and fell in love with yoga. Vinyasa flows allowed her to dance and find strength while Yin allowed her to tune in to her body and find some peace. It was this balance and love of Vinyasa and Yin that brought her to Diana Vitantonio’s Breathless Yoga Teacher Training, where she obtained her 200-hour yoga certification in 2016. After yoga teacher training, she discovered energy healing and completed her Reiki Level II certification with Tina Dicillo in 2017.
Felicia’s intention in teaching is to hold space so every participant can find what they need in that moment on their mats and carry that feeling away after class. Her classes mimic the path of a wave—beginning in calming poses to relax the mind and body, then building up to allow the body to find its edge, and finally cascading down through meditation, detoxifying twists and savasana. She guides each class with the assistance of instrumental music, acoustic remakes, soulful ballads and thoughtful readings.
Get to know more about Felicia from her answers to the questions below:
Why Elements Studios?
I attended my teacher training in 2016 with Lisa [Labanc] next to me and Erika [Whites-Acquaviva] as my mentor. In that training, we learned how to incorporate Earth, Water, Fire and Air both into our sequences and off our mats as well. When they told me about Elements Studios, I knew I had to be a part of it! I believe in their vision and am able to catch my own spark around their Fire. Elements is a place where you have the space to be you and continue to grow. And that’s something I’m proud to be a part of.
What makes your instruction unique?
Although Yin is a very grounding practice, I love incorporating all of the elements into it. We begin grounded in Earth and gently build up to the Fire poses that make you find your edge. Then, we sit in mediation, in the Air, in whatever got stirred up during Fire. Water is constant and is found not in the movement of our bodies but the flow of our breath, which allows us to stay in the stillness or at our edge. The soundtrack to a Yin sequence is just as important, so you’ll hear songs ranging from pure silence, instrumental, acoustic and strong, powerful ballads (and sometimes even some Adam Sandler, because why not?!).
If you had to sum up your teaching style in one word, what would it be and why?
LOVE! I send it and receive it every single time I teach.
What is your daytime gig? How does your yoga influence you in it?
I am a corporate real estate paralegal at a law firm in Cleveland. I usually have a handful of tasks every day with “ASAP” stamped all over them. I have to focus really hard on the here and now—one task at a time—remembering to breathe while I’m on my mat and in the office. Some days I find myself meditating on bathroom breaks just to try to slow my mind and focus. My corporate life and yoga life keep me balanced and they always tend to inspire something within each other.