Meet Dila

My Vision

Inclusivity. Support. Encouragement

Why am I teaching yoga?

The main reason I decided to teach yoga is because of how it changed my life and how much I wanted to remind people it can change theirs too. I am a happier person, I am able to step back from my thoughts when they take over my mood and the present moment, I am more confident and enjoy life and everyday more. Yoga helped me to become more aware of my body, constant practice got me in better shape, I learned how to breathe, slow down, and be patient and to have a positive mindset. The most important part is, I have become a much happier, confident, and content person. After all the positive impact it has made on my life, I had to teach and help others feel this way.

 

I will always be a student in this journey. I will always be open to new things, open to growth, open to learn, and open to give with kindness, understanding and support. And I welcome the opportunity to do that with whoever would like to join me.

500hr. Certified Yoga Teacher

I was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. At a very young age I started professional ballet training, when I was 18  I quit dancing and changed the direction of my life and future career. Training as a ballet dancer taught me a lot about my physical abilities and understanding the movement. However, the environment was very emotionally abusive and tough for a young individual. 

After quitting dance school I started college in Turkey, majoring in Arts Management. During my sophomore year, I wanted to challenge myself on a personal level and decided to continue my education in the United States.

 

After getting my Bachelor's in Arts Management, and starting my career in a variety of jobs, it seemed like I wasn't to eager to work in those fields so I decided to continue my education. I got my masters, an MBA in Management and Leadership. Again, I worked in various fields but still, I was not happy. After all of my education and hardships I had endured to get here, I couldn't seem to find my purpose in life. When I was lost, unhappy, depressed and confused, I started practicing yoga.

In 2015 I started practicing yoga as a workout, not knowing the true meaning of the practice. But I'm grateful for all of the "wrong" reasons that led me to the right path. 

 

I definitely think yoga was my calling in life. After practicing for a year, I wanted to dive deeper, and I got my 200hr certificate in 2016 Summer from Dharma Bhakti Yoga School, Rockville Center, Long Island. In 2017, I did my Restorative Yoga Training with Evangeline Houlihan. June 2019 I started my 300hr Advanced Yoga Training with Jared McCain, Henry Winslow, and Rebecca Causey and other master teachers in Lighthouse Yoga School, in Brooklyn, New York. October 2020, I attended 12hr Meridian Yoga Therapy Training with Erin Rose Vaughan. 

 

I am dedicated to keep learning, and improving myself with various workshops, training, classes and teachers. I know I will never stop being a student. In the meantime, I'm sharing my knowledge with adults and children. My classes and knowledge include restorative and beginner friendly classes to advanced students. My goal is to help everyone feel great, create a supporting community of like minded people, with compassion and integrity with the teachings of yoga. 

- Dila

Causes and Organizations 
I Care and Support

  • Global Fund for Women

  • Stand For Trees

Outdoor Yoga