"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."
- Maya Angelou
Lara’s passion for movement and the human body spans as far back as she can remember. Dance and creative expression through movement were principles that guided her life since the day she could place one foot in front of the other. She was a dancer and gymnast throughout her youth and was first introduced to yoga at the age of 16. Lara completed her teacher training in 2007 at Parmarth Niketan ashram in Rishikesh, India and her Power Yoga teacher training at Pura Vida in Costa Rica in 2012. She has studied and practiced in the lineage of Satyananda, Krishnamacharya, Sivananda, Iyengar, Baron Baptiste and many others in Australia as well as India, the US, New Zealand and Bali, to name a few.
Yoga has paved the path of profound transformation for Lara and has been the fundamental keystone in her quest towards wholistic wellbeing. Her introduction to AcroYoga is the newest and most exciting addition to her yogic journey and she revels in the opportunity to be able to share the joy and potential of yoga in partnership with others.
As a teacher, Lara aims to inspire her students to experience meditation through movement, where their yoga practice flows to create a balance between vitality, strength and inner calm. Lara’s other passions include food and health publishing/media as a writer and editor, and healing through massage and bodywork.
When was the last time you did something for the first time?
Every day I try to take the side roads of this adventure, add some excitement and anticipation to the day. Most recently? I attempted a headstand on the back of a horse. It was hard.
What are your goals for 2016 and beyond?
My main mission for tomorrow and beyond is to continue to empower through transformation, my students and myself in the process. I look forward to opportunities for connection with the broader community, to share my gifts, graces and learnings further afield and simultaneously to be touched by inspiring souls I meet along the way.
How would you describe your first yoga experience?
Like coming home. Like reuniting with a long, lost friend. Like stumbling across something that provides answers you never knew you had questions for, that will change the course of your life always and forever.
Who has influenced you most in your life?
My grandparents, Polish holocaust survivors, at the tender ages of 88 and 93 are still bursting out of their skin with gratitude, passion and adoration for one another and for life itself. I will be forever grateful to them for teaching me the significance of music, dance and play in life, and for making these treasured jewels a key part of my essence.
If you had one super power, what would it be?
To be an animorph and be one with the elements as I run like a leopard, swim like a seal, soar like an eagle and swing by my fabulous tail from a tree like a monkey (… I’ve always wanted a tail)