Level 1 ParaYoga Certified Teacher
Evanston, IL, USA
Lela, E-RYT 500, RPYT, began her yoga practice in 2001 and has been teaching group and private Hatha and Prenatal yoga full-time in the Chicago area since 2005. She began studying with Yogarupa Rod Stryker in 2007.
Lela has had the fortune to offer therapeutic yoga tools to trauma survivors, cancer survivors and individuals with chronic pain at her studio Grateful Yoga of Evanston. Lela has also served as director for the therapeutic yoga program at the Rice Child + Family Center in Evanston, a residential foster care center for at-risk 6-14 year olds. She has also worked as a wilderness instructor for adjudicated youth, an after-school program director, and an English tutor for children ages eight to eighteen here and in Asia.
Lela is co-founder of the Amala School of Prenatal Yoga, which specializes in training yoga teachers how to teach prenatal and postnatal yoga. As a mother herself, she is dedicated to creating a welcoming, educational environment for new and expectant moms at Grateful Yoga. She is a graduate of UMASS Amherst, a certified Kripalu yoga instructor and a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy practitioner.
Amala School of Yoga
Offering CE hours and certification with our three-part prenatal and postnatal yoga teacher training. Yearly courses in Chicago since 2013 include Yoga for Fertility & Pregnancy, Yoga for Childbirth Preparation and Yoga for the Postpartum Body & Mind. Co-led by ParaYoga Level 1 Certified teacher Lela Beem, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT. Modular study includes presentations from a stellar faculty of professionals including a holistic fertility expert, a women’s health physical therapist, a certified nurse midwife, certified doula and clinical social worker. Extensive mentorship provides you with all the support and inspiration you need to build a gratifying teaching career. International Association of Yoga Therapy Approved Professional Development and YACEP (Yoga Alliance) approved for CE hrs.
Since 2005, ParaYoga Certified co-founders Nick & Lela Beem have been offering group and private classes at their intimate downtown Evanston location. Choose from an array of classes and workshops that include restorative yoga, prenatal, ParaYoga based Hatha and more.