Radha-Krishna Lila (Cristiane Silva) E-RYT 500 first learned Yoga in Brazil where she encountered the teachings of Bhakti Yoga. At the time Radha was a professional dancer and teacher who danced in Brazil and toured internationally as a lead dancer throughout Japan, Korea and the USA. In Brazil she learned about the devotional aspects of yoga and the physical practice but it was not until she moved to the United States that she became more involved in the many different forms of yoga. Dance led her to move to Miami, FL where she danced for three different dance companies. She studied and trained Hatha Yoga at Prana Yoga in Miami where she received her 200 hour teachers certification.
In 2009 she encountered the renowned master yogi Sri Dharma Mittra with whom she decided to learn from and eventually received her advanced 500 hour teachers’ certification at the Dharma Yoga Center in NY. Radha is now teaching at several yoga studios and locations in South Florida and leads retreats and trainings with her partner Benjamin Smielowitz. Radha and Benjamin are also musicians and singers and have produced three yoga, meditation and relaxation albums together.
Benjamin was searching for more meaning and purpose in life when he found yoga. He took many classes at the different studios in New York not necessarily looking for a teacher but just enjoying the yoga practice. He was blessed enough to find himself in the studio of Sri Dharma Mittra one day, The Dharma Yoga Center. There he became a certified 200 hour yoga instructor in 2003 and in 2007 certified at the 500 hour level. There he was an assistant and apprentice and learned much about yoga asanas, meditation, the different forms of yoga and the importance of Karma Yoga. In 2009 Benjamin moved to Miami to find more sunshine and to leave the big city of New York behind. He now teaches yoga full time and is enjoying sharing the blessing of higher consciousness with others. Benjamins tries his best to teach yoga the way it was taught to him in the classical Hatha-Raja form. He still travels back to NY frequently to train with his teacher and visit his family. Benjamin is also a musician who produced 3 albums of music and meditation for yoga with his beloved partner Radha Krishna Lila.