Lara Benusis is a Manhattan based Yoga and Pilates Instructor with E-RYT 500, RCYT, RPYT, Pilates Certified, and Anusara ® Inspired credentials. Lara has been a certified yoga teacher since 1996 and has taught over 18,000 hours. She trained intensively as a competitive Ice skater and dancer; performing as a soloist in several major dance companies in Europe and New York before transitioning to teach full time. She has served on The Yoga Journal Conference, Omega Institute, New York City's BOE, Children's Aid Society, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, NYU's Stern, Law & Medical Schools, SVA, Pure Yoga as the founder and director of Namasteens and Youth Programing, The Kripalu Center’s Teacher Trainings and has led and written original curriculum for over 10 Teacher Trainings in the US and Asia. She also has an established private practice where she works with current and former Olympic athletes, professional dancers, celebrities, students of all ages and continues to serve weekly at hospitals, health clubs and professional dance schools. She lectures Internationally about health and fitness.