Alicia Hansen – The Woman Behind The Yoga in the Village

Alicia Hansen, the instructor behind Yoga in the Village, developed an interest in yoga during her college years at Baldwin-Wallace College, where she majored in theater. She started a weight loss and healthy lifestyle journey leaning towards vinyasa yoga. Alicia found yoga quite rewarding since it provided an outlet for her creativity. She started seriously pursuing yoga, and in 2012 earned a two-hundred-hour certification at a local yoga center. Alicia Hansen is also a writer, and many people in Cleveland know her as the author of the lifestyle blog Always Alicia, previously Poise in Parma. She started writing about health in 2009 after she lost over a hundred pounds the old fashioned way. Since this inspiration, Alicia Hansen continues to document her life through the several activities that she, her golden retrievers, husband, and daughter partake in Northeast Ohio. Alicia also has significant experience as a fundraiser and currently serves as the Marketing Director for L’Nique Specialty Linen Rental. She has been involved in numerous wine and food events including 5ks like the Jingle Bell Walk/Run for Arthritis, the Silver Spoon Awards Party by Cleveland Magazine, galas including the events surrounding the 2009 Great Lakes Theatre Festival’s Tom Hanks at The Hanna, and much more. In 2011, CBC Magazine honored Alicia Hansen as a Rising Star in their Connector’s Choice Awards for her role in a local Arthritis Foundation.

Teaching and Practicing yoga is an important aspect of Alicia Hansen’s life. She was formerly an instructor at Elevated Dance Headquarters, Nishkama Yoga, and Evolution Yoga School and Practice Space. Her Yoga Brunch in collaboration with Dante Next Door was quite popular in Bremont, Cleveland, and was a staple in the region for 2 years. In spring 2014, Alicia Hansen joined the Master Training Program at ParaYoga, where she spent over one hundred hours with Yogarupa Rod Stryker, ParaYoga founder doing advanced training sessions. Alicia Hansen’s additional teaching influences include Jill Miller, Kathryn Budig, Alexandria Crow, and Jason Crandell. In the summer of 2014 and 2013, she taught Yoga Rocks the park outdoor yoga lessons as a guest teacher. In 2017, Alicia Hansen hosted fundraiser lessons for Cleveland’s Arthritis Foundation, including Sunset Yoga at the Superior Viaduct with Luca Italian Cuisine, and Platform Brewing Co.’s Yoga Plus Beer. She has also been a guest lecturer at Case Western Reserve University, where she taught about yoga as part of the institution’s cultural context course on the management of chronic illness. Alicia Hansen is a regular contributor to Behind The Curtain Blog, PlayHouseSquare, and #BeThePlusBlog where she continues to spread the word about the things that make the wider Cleveland an excellent place to live on her social media feeds and blog. In Alicia’s free time, she enjoys being a full-time #crazydoglady, hiking, traveling, and biking.

Through Yoga in the Village, Alicia Hansen offers a complete, well-rounded practice suitable for yoga enthusiasts of all levels while sharing useful ideas that are applicable both in the yoga class and in the outside world. Yoga in the Village provides restorative yoga that completely supports your body to supreme bliss and relaxation.