Ashtanga is a powerful style of yoga that involves matching the movement of the breath with the movement in and out of postures. We use a set sequence of poses which we build upon as we grow together and which can be adapted to any level and ability. In this initial class Lara will introduce the three pointed focus of breath, gaze, and posture and suggest ways for using this focus to transform the practice into a moving meditation. Prepare to sweat if you want to or move more slowly and have any pose modified to meet your needs.
We will end the session with 15 minutes of mindfulness meditation.
Please email us (email@example.com) for location and safety / distancing information. Suggested donation: $12.
Lara Land is a Level 2 Authorized Ashtanga teacher who has traveled to India 10 times to study and has over 20 years of yoga practice. She specializes in accessibility and adaptability in practice and has a unique knack for bringing together discipline and compassion in her offerings. Lara is the owner of Land Yoga based for nine years in Harlem and now streaming world-wide. She is the founder and Executive Director of non-profit Three and a Half Acres Yoga which was inspired by her time teaching yoga in Rwanda and provides yoga, breathing and mindfulness techniques to underserved communities to support individuals in recognizing their own power for positive change. She trains yoga teachers in trauma sensitive yoga and in social consciousness and equity. Lara is the co-producer of SOULFest, an international wellness festival which highlights diversity in fitness and is the author of My Bliss Book, a life-purpose undated daily planner and online coaching program. She works with individuals and corporations as a wellness and motivational speaker and coach.
Thimo Wittich has been studying yoga and buddhism for over 15 years. He is an authorized Level 1 ashtanga yoga teacher, trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the Mindfulness Center at Brown University and is currently attending the Teacher Training Program at Bodhi College under the guidance of Christina Feldman, Stephen Batchelor, Akincano Marc Weber, John Peacock and Chris Cullen. Thimo runs an online magazine concerning health and conscious living in Germany and teaches yoga and meditation in the USA and Europe.