Lila Izzolino

My journey with movement began as a very young child when I enrolled in my first gymnastics class at 6 years old. By the age of

nine I was in the gym 40 hours a week and began competing nation-wide shortly after. I went on to compete in collegiate level gymnastics for 2 years before suffering a career ending ankle injury on balance beam.  Gymnastics is an incredibly challenging sport that requires massive amounts of time, self- discipline, dedication and sacrifice. These traits continued to serve me as I moved out of the gym, away from home and headed to sunny San Diego to finish my degree in Communications from SDSU. 

     Being on my own for the first time, I needed a way to earn money that would work with a full load of college classes – thus beginning my career in the hospitality industry. I have worked at some of the best and busiest restaurants and hotels all over San Diego County. The hospitality industry has brought countless friendships into my life & allowed for some incredible experiences! Recently – after 20+ years in the business – I began to find myself wanting something new, something more. 

     I had always gone back to Yoga in times of challenge in my life or times when I felt lost and this was no different. After taking a Flow & Restore class with Jess (founder & co-owner) and really feeling a connection to her energy and calm strength I decided to enroll in the 200Hour training here at PLAY & it is one of the best decisions I have ever made. Not only because of the benefits to my body and my stress levels but even more because of the incredible community of people I have met and feel supported by throughout the process. After completing the 200hour training in December I immediately began the Hot Flow Mentorship Program with the incredible Monique Saunders (co-owner) and now I am thrilled to be able to offer the same support and guidance to my students that I have received so warmly from the very start.

     I am humbled by the opportunity to do something that I love so much while also helping others deepen their connection to the body, the mind and the breath. This may only be the beginning of my professional yoga journey but I am genuinely committed to my students, my practice, continued growth and supporting my community here at PLAY! 

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