teacher_lara-funLara began practicing yoga regularly in 2003, when she was an undergrad at SUNY New Paltz. She was getting a Bachelor’s degree in Intercultural Communication, and began to search for yoga classes wherever she went. Her love for yoga brought her to studios in New Zealand, Australia, Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama and Fiji. She loved the community and positive energy that yoga practice brought to her travels. After moving to the Ithaca area in 2007, Lara found Vinyasa flow, and was thrilled to find a style of yoga that was challenging, well-rounded and nourishing. She became a Mighty Yoga addict in 2011.

In the winter of 2012, Lara planned a trip to Central America to volunteer at an elementary school and get certified to teach English. She was looking to deepen her asana practice, and also spend time in meditation. When she discovered a 200 hr. certification in the jungle of Costa Rica, it seemed like a great match. Lara decided to combine her love for teaching and yoga, and share the practice with others. She wanted to make yoga accessible to people of all walks of life, and to spread joy and wellness to everyone who was willing to try it! She trained with Vidya Jaqueline Heisel, the founder and director of Frog Lotus Yoga, in the Vinyasa Flow style. She came back to Ithaca in the spring, and dove into work with kids, teaching yoga, and working in the service industry.  Off the mat, Lara loves to hang out with kids, hike, swim, sing, cook, float on tubes, and dance to live music!

Lara’s favorite piece of wisdom:

I thank you for most this amazing day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes…  — E.E. Cummings