Applied Physiology, Ed.M. Candidate '19
Lara is a movement educator, international yoga teacher, lecturer, former professional dancer turned researcher and scholar. Born in South Dakota, she attended UNCSA for high school, and received her BFA in dance and an Associates in Arts Management with a focus on grant writing, both from SUNY Purchase. She performed as a professional dancer as a soloist in companies in Europe and the US for a near decade. Drawn to teaching, she lead a pilot program for the NYCBOE integrating movement into the established reading curriculum for the 5th and 6th grade and brought new yoga curriculum to Children’s Aid Society for toddlers to teens. As an Ergonomic Assessment Specialist, she has lead employee wellness programs at Viacom, Pfizer, Oxygen Media, Morgan Stanley, NYU and Martha Stewart Inc. In 2009, she was invited to develop new programs for the largest wellness company in Japan, Studio Yoggy/Lohas International where she has since traveled twice a year expanding their program nation wide into 26 locations. She was headhunted in 2009 by Memorial Sloan Kettering and mentored under Dr. Barrie Cassileth, becoming the first Manager of the Exercise and Yoga Programs at their Integrative Medicine Service. Studying under Dr. Carol Garber, her research interests focus on the physiological responses to physical activity and yoga for pediatrics, adults and clinical populations. She is a founding member of the Global Consortium on Yoga Therapy and an active member of IAYT, SIO and ACSM organizations.