2020 Lara Seated Smile

– Summary –

I am a certified Yoga Teacher (RYT® 200) and Reiki II practitioner located in the North Shore of Massachusetts, and offer wellness services that I have created through education and the foundations of my own personal practice.

When people ask what type of yoga I teach or practice, I usually smile and respond with ‘yoga.’ More specifically I am trained in Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative, Yin, and Yoga Nidra, and connect with many of the teachings found within yogic texts including Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita. My classes tend to focus on a theme tied to yogic principles as a way to both honor and appreciate the ancient wisdom that still holds so true today. 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.

You can read additional information about my asana teaching style here.

I’m also a partner, sister, daughter, and friend; and forever a student. I am so much more and at the very same time, I am so much simpler. My personal journey is a continuous one, where I have finally begun to remove everything that comes after, I am so I may grow closer and closer to my Truth.

– Mission & Vision –

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 for ourselves and others.

– My Story –

I began practicing yoga about 10 years ago, as a supplement to my workout regiment. I practiced via YouTube regularly and at the time, it was purely an ego-driven practice. I wanted it sweaty and physically challenging; and wanted to be the bendiest practitioner that I could be. It wasn’t until I met my first teacher in a class where we only practiced by candlelight, that the true meaning of yoga shined through. Meditation, philosophy, breath, stillness, and savasana were the focal points of my practice from that point on. I still incorporated physically challenging asanas, but it became so much more than asanas.

I completed my 200 hour training in 2017 through J.O.Y Wellness (Salem, NH), became certified through the Yoga Alliance, and began teaching immediately. Since then, I have completed several continuing education courses including Hands to Heart Center’s Trauma Sensitive Yoga Training and Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews’ Yoga Anatomy Fundamentals course. I continued on to receive a Reiki II certification in 2019 through The Healing Center Beverly, as a calling to expand my offerings within the wellness community (and as an added bonus for my students!).

Early in 2020, I made the bittersweet decision to leave my full-time corporate career in human resources to chase my passion for sharing the practice of yoga and Reiki on a larger scale. I plan on continuing my HR career on a part-time basis, as my love hasn’t softened; I simply want to make more space for all of my passions.

I truly believe that growth is a never-ending process, and am looking forward to what incredible knowledge I will attain so that I may pass it on to my community.