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.
Sarah’s mission is to empower and teach kids through fun and play. She implements theories and techniques from yoga, child development, and psychology, to help children reach their fullest potential.
Sarah earned her BA in psychology, with a focus in Child and Adolescent Mental Studies from NYU. She has worked in studios, camps, child therapy programs, after-school programs, and families’ homes. She holds a certification from Karma Kids Yoga in Child Yoga and Baby and Developmental Movement, and a Child and Adult CPR/AED & First Aid certification. She is also a 200hr Adult Certified Yoga Teacher.
Jessica Greenfield completed her 200-hour yoga 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, in the fall of 2014, participated in her first 100-hour Ashtanga intensive with Scott Harig. After completing the intensive, Jessica continued her mentorship with Scott, working as an assistant teacher in the Ashtanga program at Pure West for the next four years. Jessica has participated in trainings with Manju Jois, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor, Guy Donahaye, and Gregg Tebb. In July 2018, she completed Richard and Mary’s month-long Teachers Intensive in Boulder, Colorado. Jessica is also certified in Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery through the Veterans Yoga Project.
Off the mat, 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 advocates strengthening the connection among 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.
I was introduce to Yoga in 1998 as a form to complement my other exercises. It didn’t take long before I recognized that Yoga was not only helping me manage my physical being, it was changing my mindset and centering my life. Yoga has been instrumental in healing me from a few debilitating injuries and has carried me through some of my most emotional periods in life. After leg saving surgery in 2011 left me partially disabled, my yoga practice became deeply internal. Not being able to practice asanas for months, I delved into whatever pranayama and meditation I had learned from my teachers. I have no doubt that it is my yoga practice that has allowed me to stay centered and focused, affording me much better health…physically, mentally, and spiritually. There is an inner awareness, acceptance, and peace I find on the map that brings me to a soulful place; the healing power of yoga. I achieve my 200 hour yoga teacher training in May 2017, a graduate of the A.L.M.A Institute, and subsequently have taken two separate Yin Yoga trainings, totaling 40 hours, with the amazing Meghan Morris Freeman. I continue to study or forms of yoga.
Caroline began practicing yoga during high school when a studio opened near her home in Connecticut. She continued practicing different styles of asana during college and later law school. After briefly living in Abu Dhabi and working as a writer, she completed a 200 hour yoga teaching certificate while travelling in Austria. That training introduced Caroline to the Ashtanga method and to the beauty of a Mysore practice room. Shortly thereafter, Caroline began a more focused study of Ashtanga yoga under the guidance of authorized teacher Megan Riley, who encouraged her to travel to Mysore, India. Caroline made her first trip to Mysore in 2015, studying under Saraswathi Jois.
Later, in 2016, Caroline earned her 500 hour teaching certificate at The Shala Yoga House here in New York City, where she began assisting her teacher Barbara Verrochi. Caroline recently made her second trip to Mysore, this time studying under R. Sharath Jois. She remains committed to the Ashtanga method, seeking to share its benefits with her students, and truly believes that the practice welcomes all.
Erin is certified as a prenatal yoga teacher, pre/ post natal corrective exercise specialist, birth and postpartum doula,lactation counselor, and childbirth educator. She trained under the tutelage of the amazing yogis at Pure Yoga and Maha Mama.
Erin is passionate about serving birthing people through all stages of their journey and is honored to be a part of such a deeply personal time in people’s lives. Erin lives in NYC with her husband, new baby boy and cat.