Lara Land, authorized Ashtanga teacher, began practicing yoga in 1998 as a freshman at Boston University. She was intrigued by the body/mind connection and continued to practice as she earned her BFA in Theatre and moved on to New York. It was there that she committed to the Ashtanga tradition and to daily practice. She then pursued a Vinyasa certification from Yoga Sutra, where she was able to practice under and assist long-time Ashtanga teacher, Christopher Hildebrandt. That year Lara made her first trip to India to learn from the Guru of Ashtanga yoga, Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois. She continues to study yearly at the Pattabhi Jois institute under Director R. Sharath and Saraswathi.
In addition to asana, Lara also teaches chanting and philosophy which she studies in India with Acharye Hema. Lara has brought this knowledge to a wide variety of students. One of her undertakings is making yoga accessible and relevant to the Jewish community. She also teaches children of all ages and abilities, including those on the autistic spectrum. Lara has continued to volunteer her services to those in need, including a three-month stay in Rwanda where she taught yoga to HIV positive genocide survivors. She is also an attuned Reiki healer. Lara is forever in awe of the transformative power of yoga and is grateful for her teachers who have given her the opportunity to experience and share in this ancient practice. Check out her blog to read about her new and exciting life endeavors.
Dana is an Authorized Level 2 Ashtanga Yoga Teacher who studies yearly with R. Sharath Jois at the KPJAYI in Mysore, India.
She is continuously fascinated with challenges and rewards the practice and study of yoga yields and was initially drawn to Hatha yoga in 2004 while living at home in Florida. Eventually, life called her to New York City where she attended NYU and FIT and developed a devoted Ashtanga Yoga Practice.
In 2009, while on a break from pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Communications, she completed a Registered Yoga Teacher Training at Urban Ashtanga Yoga Shala in Orlando, Florida. Beginning in 2011, she has made annual month-long trips to Mysore, India, to study Ashtanga Yoga, Sanskrit and Yogic Philosophy at the KPJAYI and to further her connection to the roots of this practice.
In 2012 she began assisting Authorized Ashtanga Teacher Lara Land during her Mysore classes at Land Yoga and teaching Led Ashtanga. Since 2013, she has taught daily Mysore Ashtanga classes at Land. Dana is also a Pilates instructor with training at New York City’s Movement Salon, and a published poet featured in the Poetry of Yoga.
She has taught yoga to a wide variety of the population, from athletes to senior citizens, professional dancers to people with injuries or illness, and truly believes that the benefits of yoga are available for anyone who wants to learn. Her classes are compassionate, lighthearted and precise.
You can find Dana online at danatarasavage.com.
Sarah is a 500 hr RYT also certified in Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga. She splits her days between teaching yoga and working backstage in costumes at Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.
Her Prenatal classes combine alignment, vinyasa, and restorative yoga while integrating breath techniques, postures, and childbirth education to help with the birthing process. She enjoys teaching students of all levels seeking to develop their understanding of yoga and improve mental and physical well-being. Her mission is simply to help people feel good.
Currently a yoga teacher at the Parkside School (a K-5 elementary school for young children with language-based learning difficulties), Ginger has traveled the world teaching and learning yoga. She graduated with a BA in Theatre, Speech, and Dance from Wagner College. Certifications have been attained in teaching Kids Yoga, Prenatal, Mom & Baby, Reiki, and Children With Special Needs. In addition, she has been trained to teach Mindfulness through Summit Professional Education. Ginger enjoys incorporating imagination, movement, singing, arm balances, and inversions into her classes. Her favorite pose to practice is crow because it makes her feel like she is flying.
Jessica Greenfield completed her 200-hour teacher training at Pure Yoga in the spring of 2014—and never looked back. Already a student in the Ashtanga program at Pure, Jessica worked to strengthen her practice, and later that fall, participated in her first 100-hour Ashtanga intensive with Scott Harig. Since completing the training in November of 2014, Jessica has continued her mentorship with Scott. She currently works as an assistant teacher in the Ashtanga program at Pure Yoga West and teaches at One Yoga for All and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. An avid student and Ashtanga practitioner, Jessica has participated in trainings with Richard Freeman, Guy Donahaye, and Gregg Tebb. She is also certified in Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery through the Veterans Yoga Project.
In addition to teaching yoga and maintaining a daily Ashtanga practice, Jessica is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in post-traumatic stress and mind-body approaches to healing trauma. Through her work in the Women’s Center for Gender Justice at John Jay College, Jessica provides counseling and advocacy to students impacted by violence and conducts trainings on topics related to gender and social justice.
Jessica is passionate about making Ashtanga yoga accessible to everyone. She is deeply committed to sharing the practice as a tool for healing trauma, and to strengthen the connection between body, mind, and spirit. As both therapist and yoga instructor, Jessica strives to empower her students to embrace their own inner teachers and to allow their unique voices to shine brightly.