Lara Land is an L2 authorized Ashtanga Yoga teacher with 18 years yoga experience. She has worked all over the world teaching yoga and mindful living and developing programs to heal and empower. In 2008-2009 spent three months in post genocide Rwanda bringing yoga as healing to survivors, and from there went to India where she worked with HIV positive youth. In June 2011 Lara opened Land Yoga, a ground floor Yoga/Wellness Center in the heart of Harlem. Through Land she developed community programs such as Harlem Earth Day, Uptown Yoga Festival and Women Who Wow and founded her own non-profit, Three and a Half Acres Yoga. Lara has made ten trips to India to study with the Guru of the Ashtanga Yoga Method often bringing students with her there and on retreats world wide. She is a public speaker and writer with recent contributions to the Huffington Post, Mantra Magazine, and New York Yoga + Life Magazine. Lara is a strong believer in the power of Ashtanga Yoga and a fervent follower of all eight limbs.
Lara Land Studio
Since opening Land, Lara has continued her mission to give to her community. In 2012 Lara founded Harlem Earth Day, an annual event to bring conservation and environmental awareness to Harlem residents. Lara’s commitment to environmental consciousness was acclaimed in the Wall Street Journal and Land Yoga was recognized for their dedication to being green. This year Harlem Earth Day was attended by congressman Charlie Rangel, council member Mark Levine, and manhattan borough president Gale Brewer.
Land Yoga has also been on the forefront of the education about and prevention of Human Trafficking, an issue that is both prevalent in our own country and a widespread epidemic in India. This year Lara was honored to speak at a Human Trafficking conference with legendary sex-trafficking abolitionist Rachel Lloyd. Land Yoga’s annual Bollywood Style fundraiser has raised over $50,000 for the anti-human trafficking cause giving to both Odanadi in India and Lara’s newly founded non-profit Three and a Half Acres Yoga.
Since inception Land Yoga has been known for its highly attended events and groundbreaking collaborations. With a growing following city-wide Land’s production of Harlem’s first yoga festival seemed inevitable. The announcement of celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson’s HarlemEatUp! was the moment that turned that inevitability into tangibility. With the support of Samuelsson Group and the HarlemEatUp! team on May 16, 2015 Uptown Yoga Festival took over 125th street with yoga, music, meditation, and a variety of local eats. This innovative event was a tremendous success and is slated to be an annual happening.