About

About Lilananda Yoga

Lilananda Yoga was a yoga studio serving Glenville, Burnt Hills and the surrounding areas. Because of the extraordinary times we are living in, Lilananda Yoga is now a virtual studio.

The studio offers a warm and inviting virtual space to enjoy your practice. Come learn about, expand and explore yourself with our skilled and experienced teachers. We are proud to have created a warm virtual space to welcome our students to continue practicing in their homes, in their offices, or wherever they find themselves.

Jennifer started the studio in hopes of sharing the timeless practice of yoga with others. Based on her own practice and experience with yoga she knows that the practice can help people with it's practical applications, in countless ways. Yoga takes into consideration that people are very complex beings, we are not one size fits all! It offers many "tools" to help us understand and nurture the mind & body so that we can optimize our lives.

The studio also offers a variety of classes for a variety of abilities with vibrant & talented teachers. We hope you find your way in to see us and try a class or workshop that suits your interests. View our class schedule here.

Visit our Programs page for further information about our in depth Signature Programing and details on upcoming dates.

We welcome you to Embrace Your Evolution!

Lilananda Defined

If you’ve ever tried to pronounce our name, you may be wondering what the heck Lilananda (lee-la-nahn-da) means.
Sanskrit is the language of yoga. It is similar to latin in that it is no longer spoken but has informed modern languages. Lila means play and implies the playfulness inherent in creation. Ananda is bliss; the highest level of joy.

Our Teachers

Jennifer Venditti - E-RYT 500


Jennifer has been practicing yoga for 14 years and has a dedicated personal practice. She received her 200HR Yoga Teacher Certification with Lauren Toolin of Yoga Vidya, in April of 2012. She completed the final module of her 300HR advanced training program in November of 2016. She is grateful for her teacher Lauren Toolin and for the guidance and love that she has provided. She is registered with the Yoga Alliance as a 200ERYT and a 500RYT. Jennifer has always been interested wholesome/natural living and believes passionately in yoga’s potential for creating a healthy, successful and loving existence. Her teaching style is drawn from her knowledge of Classic Hatha Yoga, Ayurveda, Tantra, and her own personal experiences with the teachings and practices. Jennifer loves and lives her yoga practice, it spills into all other aspects of her life. She is the mother of 4 and a loving wife to her husband, best friend, and business partner Luciano Venditti, Jr.

Chris Darby-King ~ RYT 200


Chris has been practicing yoga for over 30 years, initially as a student with Kripalu yoga for many years. She began her life changing journey with yoga in 2003 when she was faced with a breast cancer diagnosis and began to re-evaluate her life and health. It was than when she dove into her yoga practice with more intensity and resolve and ventured into yoga teacher training with Lauren Toolin and became 200 hr YTT certified in 2011. She also trained with Jennilee Toner studying Hot Warrior Yoga. She presently is in the process of working on her 500 hr. certification and has been teaching yoga in the Capital District for the past several years, mostly offering gentle hatha yoga, chair yoga and gentle vinyasa flow. Chris is passionate about yoga and is excited to share with others the many health benefits a yoga practice provides. When not found on the mat, Chris also is an Occupational Therapist and has worked with children for the past several years. She loves to be outside whenever possible and is often found hiking, kayaking, on a paddle board, skiing or snowshoeing.

Vanessa Chambers ~ CYT 500


Vanessa has been practicing yoga since 2003 and teaching since 2008. She has a bachelor's degree in Holistic Health, has over 500 hours of accredited yoga teacher training, and is certified in Thai Yoga. She has been offering yoga classes in the Capital District for 10 years.

Meghan Hogan ~ E-RYT 200, RYT 500


Genuine, clear, and steady, Meghan brings forth attributes cultivated through dedicated personal practice into her teaching. Her students are empowered through compassionate individualized guidance to access and use the tools they innately possess to breathe fully, rest deeply, and move freely toward a joyful experience of Self. Meghan’s mission is to guide people home to their own hearts, trusting that cultivating this inner relationship fosters uplifted connections in homes and communities. A perpetual student, Meghan is ever-grateful to her Teacher, Lauren Toolin, with whom she completed her 200hr and 340+hour teacher training programs. Meghan has had the unique opportunity to serve as Teaching Assistant for Yoga Vidya’s 200-hour yoga teacher training (YTT) program since 2014 and she launched her first satellite YTT as Lead Faculty of the school in 2016. A decade of experience in the field of Speech-Language Pathology contributes to Meghan’s ability to see each student through a holistic lens and respond to their unique presentation. Meghan’s appreciation for communication is reflected in her offerings through her observant nature and respectful transmission of the teachings of yoga.

Courtney Ortiz ~ RYT 200


Courtney has been practicing yoga for 5 years. In an effort to deepen her understanding of yoga, she recently completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training certification at the Yoga & Ayurveda Center and is excited to share her passion with others. Off the mat, Courtney is a proud mom of three girls, works full-time, and enjoys keeping active and busy with her husband, family and friends.

See what people have to say!

  • Sharon
    I would recommend this studio to anyone who is serious about making yoga an integral part of their life. Come join us! You will be glad you did ♥
    Sharon
  • Tami
    What a wonderful experience. I read about yoga, it's history and practice... I have tried it before, seemed like a fad. When I came here it was a completely holistic experience. The instruction was clear and engaging the studio beautiful. I am so glad to have Lilananda here.
    Tami
  • Lisa
    Lilanada is a oasis on Route 50. A place to practice and play, to heal and to restore and to cultivate peace in our lives.
    Lisa
  • Lindsay
    "Such a wonderful place....welcoming, friendly, adaptable to all abilities, so clean! At least one class has become a part of my weekly routine and has been such a positive influence in my life. We also LOVE kids yoga....my 5 year old boy adores it!"
    Lindsay
  • Jaime
    "I LOVE Lilananda Yoga. It is exactly the place I have been looking for to deepen my yoga practice. It has a comfortable atmosphere that immediately helps you to relax. The instructors are grounded and knowledgeable. Beginner yoga students are WELCOME!!!! The yoga teaching feels authentic and meets me right where I'm at. After every class I feel more connected. I always leave with a centered peaceful strength that I'm able to carry with me through out the day. OH, and the classes offered here are AMAZING! I can't wait to incorporate it more into my life!"
    Jaime