Yoga changed my life. This sacred
practice way of living has opened my heart to experiences that are more than words can articulate. I’m passionate about sharing this knowledge with my community, with a student’s heart and a beginner’s mind.
Shine with Lara is an affirmation that I have specifically designed for you. Over the years, I have navigated through some pretty muddy trenches and have learned that my inner light is always shining, regardless of my ability to notice. And as soon as I saw that in myself, I began seeing it in every single person I’ve crossed paths with. Yoga has taught me that we are all innately whole and connected no matter life’s circumstances, and I want you to feel that too.
I am certified to offer yoga and Reiki to the community, and continue to grow my abilities through embodying an ‘always the student’ mentality. No matter how many years of studying or the knowledge I receive, I will never sit in front of a student as if I am the highest authority. Yoga is something we all have within us and I am a firm believer that I learn just as much from you as you learn from me. The magic of the practice comes from sharing and embodying that energy, which allows us to transform together.
I gravitate towards teaching Vinyasa (gentle + moderate) and Restorative styles of asana, with the intention of cultivating vital pranic energy. I am certified to lead Yoga Nidra practices, and enjoy sharing this powerful meditation technique to promote healing within the more subtle layers of our existence. I connect most with tantric and classical yogic philosophies and am still finding my way through the texts and teachings; a lifetime’s work, for sure. Many of my classes and private sessions will include concepts within these areas of yogic philosophy so that we may connect our practice to the ancient wisdom that has been so graciously passed down for thousands of years.
I strive to share the teachings in a way that is accessible to many bodies and minds, but at the same time, am very much still a student. My goal is to open my arms to every practitioner, allow us to learn and grow together, and encourage those who practice with me to tap into the equanimity they already have residing within.
I’m a partner, sister, daughter, and friend, but at the same time, simply a soul. My personal journey is a continuous one, where I have finally begun to remove the identities that come after ‘I am,’ so I may grow closer to my “I.”
– Mission, Vision, and Yoga for All Policy –
My mission is to share the practices of yoga, mindfulness, and Reiki through offering experiences that are accessible, affordable, and welcoming to all beings.
My vision is to inspire people to invest in themselves and their communities, find their purpose, and recognize their inner spark so that we may embrace life’s mysteries with compassion and ease.
Yoga for All Policy: Yoga is for everyone and should be accessible to everyone. If any of my fees are inaccessible to you, please reach out to me directly so we can create a way for you to experience the practice. You can drop me a note by selecting “connect” from the navigation pane or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Certifications + Trainings –
2017 – 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, Journey OM Yoga
2018 – Usui Reiki I, The Healing Center Beverly
2019 – Usui Reiki II, The Healing Center Beverly
2019 – Trauma-sensitive Yoga Training, Hands to Heart Center
2019 – Yoga Anatomy Fundamentals, Yogaanatomy.net
2020 – 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, My Vinyasa Practice*
2020 – Clinical Yoga Therapy Program, My Vinyasa Practice (in progress)
*My 300 Hour Training included certifications in Vinyasa, Restorative, Yin, Yoga Nidra, Adaptive, and Trauma-informed Yoga. I am also fully registered with the Yoga Alliance. Please view my registration here.
– A Little Bit More –
Truthfully, my yogic path started pretty superficially. I exercised quite a bit (hello, stiffness) and was going through a difficult period of my life, so I pressed “play” on a YouTube video one day in 2009 because I heard that yoga was good for you. For the first few years, I only practiced online and thought yoga was just mindful exercise, which made sense to me as a Psychology grad who understood the mental benefits of movement. My mind expanded immensely when I began attending group classes and was grateful to have a teacher who shared the philosophy with us. Many stereotypical tears were shed in savasana and I slowly became unraveled in a way that didn’t leave me in pieces, but rather uncovered the freedom I longed for in my life.
Because of this, my practice became softer and more introspective. I stopped overexerting myself while trying to master postures, and instead began exploring what it would be like to simply allow my presence to guide each practice. Year after year, I continued (and still do!) to learn and grow, and enrolled in my first training in the beginning of 2017. I didn’t think I would teach much. Heck, I didn’t even know what to expect from the training. I studied diligently and experienced a profound transformation over that 7-8 months.
The first class I taught was an experience I cannot describe with words, and I wept tears of realization as I walked home. That was it for me. And the rest is history.
I taught yoga alongside my full-time career in Human Resources up until May of 2020, when I took a leap to transition to two part-time roles. I have been balancing yoga and HR since then, and am grateful to have the privilege of doing the two things that light me up. I am in my last year of a Clinical Yoga Therapy program and am looking forward to what I’ll be able to do next to for my community. My hope is to continue to serve others, to serve myself, to connect with as many humans as possible in this lifetime and to never stop growing.