Yoga: How We Serve the Whole Neighborhood

August 12, 2014 8:34 PM

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Yoga: How We Serve the Whole Neighborhood

This is an interview with Lara Land, who was first introduced to yoga service in 2008, when she traveled to Rwanda with an organization now called Project AIR. For three months she worked with genocide survivors and their children using Ashtanga Yoga as a system for emotional and physical healing. Most of the students were HIV-positive; many had horrific scars from the war. From there she went to Mysore, India, to study yoga at the Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute, and suddenly she saw all the service she could be doing in connection with yoga practice. She began volunteering weekly teaching yoga to the HIV-positive children in the waiting room of Asha Kirana Hospital in Mysuru, Karnataka. In March 2009 she returned to New York City determined to make a difference in her community.

In June 2011 she opened Land Yoga in Harlem, with the purpose of serving anyone in the community. Now she is working with schools, parks, small businesses, and with many of the local charitable organizations, especially the local Food Bank. Once a month Lara meets with seniors at the Food Bank to do...

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