Lara Stapleton |  07946 663 443
International Yoga Teacher and Aromatherapist with a speciality in back pain and injury

Lara Stapleton
07946 663 443
International Yoga Teacher and Aromatherapist with a speciality in back pain and injury

 

About Lara

The Teacher
Meditation
Breath
Inspirational Quotes
Inspiring Books

 

 

 

About Lara – The Teacher

I have been practicing and teaching yoga for 20 years. My first taste of yoga was on the cliff tops of Vakala in Kerala, India.
I had a wonderfully inspiring teacher whose classes I attended in a tent on the edge of the cliff religiously at 6am every morning! When I returned to London I discovered the wonderful oasis of what was once The Innergy Yoga Center run by Faustomaria. It was here I studied with Fausto in Hatha Yoga and developed a greater understanding of Raja Yoga (Yoga of the Mind) and found my passion and voice in Bhakti Yoga (Chanting).

I originally trained with the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Canada and have since gone on to train with Erich Schiffmann (Los Angeles, USA), The Krishnamacharya Mandiram (Chennai, India), Tias Little (Sante Fe, New Mexico) and John Stirk (London, UK) who is both my teacher and mentor.

Professionally I am classified as a Hatha Yoga Teacher but over the last 15 years my teaching journey has organically grown into something so much more deep, expansive and intelligent. Through my self practice, the softness and grace of Scaravelli Inspired Yoga, dance, mindful movement, cranio sacral work, therapeutic yoga, yin yoga and the knowledge and experience i have gained with my teacher John…all of which have allowed for a deeper, inner and more mediative exploration of body and mind. Working from the inside out, moving away from rigid external postures and movement and allowing the body to unfold organically without force has allowed me to gain a deeper insight in how to heal mind, body and soul. I have developed a fluid and gently powerful style with special attention placed on breath, the wave, alignment and ‘letting go’ to help soften and heal the body from the inside out.

I put my sensitivity as a teacher down to a strong one-to-one approach. My teaching philosophy is – ‘adapt yoga to the individual rather than the individual to yoga’. This enables students to explore postures in greater depth and work on individual areas of resistance, alignment and practice. I place a strong emphasis on right and skillful action during postures.

I aim to provide a safe and nurturing environment, allowing my students to develop their own understanding of yoga and to facilitate positive change. I believe one of yoga’s greatest gifts is to work and heal from the inside, helping our minds to become more calm and opening our hearts to compassion and a positive attitude. As in all physical yoga, the student will increase strength and flexibility and by uniting body and breath, will learn to move from moment to moment with absolute awareness.

Meditation

I had reaped the benefits of a physical yoga practice for some years. But it was when I experienced a deeply painful herniated disc injury in my lower back that I turned my attention and interest to meditation. Through the disciplined and committed practice of meditation I was able to explore beyond the realms of my physical injury and dive deeper into the emotional and spiritual body.

I discovered as I worked with different breathing techniques, mantras and visualisations and allowed the body and mind to just BE during meditation that the pain and discomfort in my body began to release and disappear completely.

‘It was so profound to me that I could release deep rooted emotional blockages in the body that were so evidently associated to my back pain, the the art of meditation has become paramount in both my self practice and teaching.
To be able to help others release pain, discomfort, unhappiness and trauma in the body and mind and to evolve into a more joyful, effortless and peaceful existence is a beautiful thing’.

Lara Stapleton

Breath

I put a huge amount of emphasis and focus on BREATH when I teach. ‘Without the breath we don’t exist, yet so many of us are totally unaware of our breath or how it moves and feels within our bodies’. I have noticed the incredible effect through pranayama, specific breathing techniques and most profoundly allowing the breath TO BE, how the body can heal, unfold and open in such a profound way. The breath oxygenates the brain, if gives us energy, it allows cells in the body to repair and grow, it releases toxins and stagnant energy. Breathing is the essence of yoga.

The following extracts are taken from Sandra Sabatini’s book ‘Breath the essence of Yoga – a guide to inner stillness’

Breathing
Breathe naturally, without forcing.
No pressure
No disturbance
Nothing should interfere with the tide-like movement of our lungs as we breath in and out

Through the Breath
A constant exchange takes place between your body and the outer world through the breath.
Have a very deep respect for the breath
If the breath becomes uneven and rough we have lost the most beautiful thing we have – it’s roundness.

Reverse the process
During the day we shrink from lack of breathing, lack of time, lack of attention, lack of love
As you get into contact with the breath you are able to reverse the process and obtain more space, more roots into the ground
Then the body can go back to opening, lengthening, extending
In a way you are able to change direction completely.

Inspirational Quotes

  • "No one is ever really taught by another; each of us has to teach himself. The external teacher, offers only the suggestion, which arouses the internal teacher, who helps us to understand things".

    Swami Vivekananda

    "Yearning is a part of the beginning of anybody’s practice. You have to yearn to grow. You can’t want it one day, but not the next, and expect to make any real progress. You have to begin with some steady, inner hunger".

    Swami Chetanananda

    "Pain is your best friend. It is infinitely more honest with you than pleasure. Despite what you might think, the painful experiences you have had benefit you far more than the pleasurable ones, even though most of us spend our lives trying to duck and hide from them. But when you can center your-self and be open to look pain dead in the eye, then you have transcended the limits of your ego and this humanity. It is then that you enter into the possibility of becoming a great being"

    Swami Chetanananda

    "To be in harmony with mind, word and action, to conduct speech and mind according to truth, to express through speech and to retain in the intellect what has been seen, understood or heard. A perfectly truthful person is he who expresses in his speech exactly what he thinks in his mind and in the end acts according to it".

    Patanjali

    "Yoga has become much softer than it used to be. Softer, quieter, deeper but not collapsing"

    John Stirk

    "Only from the freedom of the total pressure of TIME can you really discover something"

    Sandra Sabatini

    "When there is the attention, tuning in, with the breath, there is no effort. As soon as there is a distraction, there is a doing"

    Sandra Sabatini

    "Tension is a broadcast of our history"

    John Stirk

    "What is the binding force that holds the many worlds together and with its intensity also attracts us to each other? Can we call it gravity, energy, Love? To re-establish contact with our body is to be in contact with nature is to be in contact with the Cosmos. Balance is restored, space is around us and that tremendous power arising from the earth in unison with these universal forces, will become part of us"

    Vanda Scaravelli

Inspiring Books

‘The Original Body: Primal Movement for Yoga Teachers’
by John Stirk

‘Yoga of the Subtle Body: A Guide to the Physical and Energetic Anatomy of Yoga’
by Tias Little

‘The Endless Web: Fascial Anatomy and Physical Reality’
by R. Louis Schultz and Rosemary Feitis

‘Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind’
by Shunryu Suzuki

‘Job’s Body: A Handbook for Bodywork’
by Deane Juhan

‘Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition’
by Christopher D Wallis

‘The Language of the Body’
by A. Lowen

‘Bioenergetics: The Revolutionary Therapy …’
by A. Lowen

‘Yoga Sutras of Patanjali’
by Sri Swami Satchidananda

‘Myth and the Body’
by Stanley Keleman

‘Brightening Our Inner Skies: Yin and Yoga’
by Norman Blair

‘There Is No App for Happiness: Finding Joy and Meaning in the Digital Age with Mindfulness, Breathwork, and Yoga Paperback’
by Max Strom

‘The Book of Life’
by J. Krishnamurti

‘The Deeper Dimension of Yoga’
by Georg Feuerstein

‘Freedom from the Known …’
by J. Krishnamurti

‘Awakening the Spine’
by Vanda Scaravelli

‘Lucid Waking …’
by Georg Feuerstein

‘The Psoas Book’
by Liz Koch

‘Centering Down – the vital principles of yoga practice’
by Dona Holleman

‘Tao Te Ching Lao Tzu – an illustrated journey’
by Stephen Mitchell

‘Breath the essence of Yoga – a guide to inner stillness’
by Sandra Sabatini

‘Yoga Gems’
Edited by Georg Feuerstein

‘Aromatherapy for the Healing Spirit’
by Gabriel Mojay

‘The Miracle of Hsin Tao’
by Ratziel Bander

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