Lara was introduced to yoga in 2002 by a newly certified friend who needed practice students. Over the next several years she ventured in and out of the practice as well as different styles until she found her "home" in Vinyasa and Ashtanga traditions. In 2012 she completed her 200 Hour with Be Luminous with a primary focus in Power Vinyasa, Vinyasa, and Slow Flow. Lara has spent the last 3 years studying with Tiffany Cruickshank and Yoga Medicine, a school that is an adjunct to eastern and western medicine with a yogic component. In August, 2018 Lara completed her 500 hour advanced studies having added yin, restorative, myofascial release, therapeutics, internal medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, orthopedics, and cadaver dissection studies to her training experiences. Lara is also registered as a Therapeutic Specialist.
In addition to teaching she is the co-founder of Yogalab Northwest, a community inspired organization that hosts international yoga teachers in the Seattle area. YLNW has hosted Sri Dharma Mittra, Kino Macgregor, Jason Crandell, Tiffany Cruickshank, Chris Chavez, Amy Ippoliti, Carmen Aguilar, and has several new teachers scheduled for 2019.
Lara has completed 50 hours of Advanced Teacher Training with Jason Crandell, 25 hours of Advanced Therapeutics and Teacher Training with Amy Ippoliti, and 25 hours of assisting with Lisa Black.
As co-founder of Viveka Yoga RYS with Dikla Kafka, Lara has mentored 35 aspiring yoga teachers in 2 separate 200 hour YTT programs.
When she is not teaching she spends time traveling with her husband and son.