Felicia Hilscher is a Yin Yoga Instructor and Reiki Master who specializes in yoga for pelvic health. She is also the Founder of Java Yogini, LLC, where she focuses on helping women unwind and relax to release stress, fatigue, and pelvic pain.

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.

In 2016, she obtained her 200-hour yoga certification, followed by her Reiki Master completion in 2019. Her continuing education includes hours of Yin Yoga training, Yoga for Pelvic Health, and several programs from the Integrative Women’s Health Institute (Functional Nutrition for Pelvic Health, and Endo Coach). Her teachers include Diana Vitantonio, Kassandra Reinhardt, Tina Dicillo, Shannon Crow and Jessica Drummond.

Her classes and sessions focus on allowing students to feel good in their own skin by finding some space and energy through breath, movement and stillness. She truly believes once you begin to listen to your body there’s no tuning it out anymore!

In her spare time, she can be found at the coffee shop or walking with her husband, Todd, and their four-legged fur child, Blair. She enjoys exercising and eating based on her cycle (thanks Alisa Vitti) and relaxing on the couch watching Netflix!

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 pose has given you growth?  

Meditation (such growth in stillness!)

Where else can we find you in CLE?  

In addition to providing Yoga and Reiki at Elements, you can also catch me at Mystic Yoga Tribe for a Zen Yoga experience. You can also find me at my (Java Yogini) two business locations in Beachwood (Nexis Wellness) and Willoughby (Masonic Building) where I help women unwind and relax so they can release fatigue and pelvic pain to feel good in their own skin again.