Yoga unites the mind, body, and soul in a way that eases tension, reduces inflammation, and promotes health and well being. Regular practice will help you reach improve and perfect poses, correct posture and positioning, and improve your breathing and outlook on life.
Yoga can be practiced by everyone - no matter your age, and no matter how flexible or mobile you may think you are.
Yoga is accessile to everyone - you can accomodate your practice with the right props and cues.
Yoga can be done by ALL and at ANY age. Yoga is a great way to improve your flexibility, endurance and overall well-being. Whether you're trying out a Little Lotus Baby, Toddler or Kids Yoga class or you're a teen and want to try a Rising Lotus Teen Yoga class, or your mobility is limited and you want to try out a Lotus Moves Chair Yoga class. There's something for everyone, from newborns to seniors and all those in-between.
Yoga not only helps improve your body, but provides a beautiful starting place to begin a mindfulness or meditation practice. It is important to take a break from daily life in order to focus on yourself and get clarity. Focusing on your breath during practice is key to staying in tune with your mind and body.
Larissa has been practicing yoga for 22 years. She took her first class, while fulfilling a gym requirement in college. Then she became hooked -- not just by the physical practice, but also with the way yoga helped her body, mind and soul feel both on and off the mat. She continued to practice for several years after graduating from Muhlenberg College, while she was living and working in NYC. Larissa began working full-time and also simultaneously studying full-time at Seton Hall Law School, where she graduated with her Juris Doctorate in 2007. She credits her consistent yoga and meditation practice with getting her through that physically, emotionally and mentally challenging time. While living and working in New York City, she got to experience and practice with several different studios and teachers and knew she would one day take her practice further. To further deepen her practice, she completed 95 Hour RCYT with ChildLight Education Company and Yoga 4 Classrooms, 200 Hour RYT at Easton Yoga (Easton, PA) and Soma Yoga Institute (Costa Rica), and her 500 hour RYT with The Yoga Loft (Bethlehem, PA) and West End Yoga (Allentown, PA). Larissa also completed 85 hours of Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training to complete and become a RPYT. In addition, Larissa firmly believes in the power of Yin and Restorative yoga practices. To this end, Larissa completed Restorative YTT at Yoga Vida (NYC) with Abbie Paloma and Ally Bogard. Larissa went on to complete Restorative and Therapeutic Teacher Trainings (NYC) with Jillian Pransky and assisted Jillian in several classes and trainings in NYC and Kripalu, MA. She is also trained in Yin Yoga with Ellen Mosko, Josh Summers, Sally DeLisle, and Deanna Nagle.
In her time working with youth, Larissa realized the value of having extensive Trauma Informed Yoga Trainings. Larissa has studied with and practiced with Peter Levine, Bessel Van Der Kolk, Hala Koury, David Emerson, Nikki Myers (Y12SR), and Zabie Yamasaki (Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault). Larissa is also certified in several forms of Accessible Yoga, including Chair Yoga, Gentle Yoga and Yoga for Diverse Abilities. Larissa has been teaching yoga to yogis of all ages (from babies and up!) since 2015. Larissa is a Teacher Trainer with Childlight Education Company where she leads trainings all over the nation related to diverse abilities and trauma. Larissa is honored to be able to bring yoga and mindfulness to students of all ages and abilities in elementary, middle, high school and various colleges throughout the Lehigh Valley, as well as works with the Pratyush Sinha Foundation to bring yoga and mindfulness into schools. Larissa firmly believes that yoga can be practiced by all. Whether you are new to yoga or are a seasoned yogi, Larissa strives to cultivate an accessible and inclusive practice to honor all students who venture into her class. When she isn’t sharing her love of yoga with others or taking additional trainings to improve her practice, she is a wife, mom of 3 boys, lawyer, professor and parent support guide for those whose children have diverse abilities.