Lydia began her journey with yoga in 2014. She has lived in seven states and settled into a regular practice of yoga while living in Atlanta, Georgia. She moved to Blacksburg in 2017 to pursue a degree in Public and Urban Affairs. During her time at Virginia Tech, the practice of yoga and the IBY community became increasingly important aspects of her life. She completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training through the Kunga Yoga School at In Balance Yoga in 2020. Lydia resonates deeply with the Kunga Yoga School’s emphasis on compassion, connection, and acceptance. Lydia strives to embody these values in her daily life, in her yoga practice, and in the classes that she teaches. She is always searching for ways to deepen her knowledge and practice of yoga. 

Off the yoga mat, Lydia works for Pulaski County as the Small Business Solutions Manager in the Office of Economic Development. She manages the Pulaski County Innovation Center and works to support and grow the local small business community. She completed the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program at Virginia Tech in 2021 with a concentration in Economic Development. 

Lydia enjoys travel, vegetarian cooking, strength training, and Major League Baseball. On the mat, her favorite classes to teach are warm and gentle flow classes. She finds great joy and expression in her playlists, which always include a wide variety of genres and artists. Her passion for yoga stems from her desire to cultivate a comfortable space for self-expression and to connect with others. 

“Be a drop, a stream, or a raging river – it doesn’t matter which form you take, as long as you remain in the flow.” – Baron Baptiste, Perfectly Imperfect: The Art and Soul of Yoga Practice