Monday, September 18, 2017

The Joy of Flying - Partner Yoga Workshop at Full Circle Yoga

‘The Joy of Flying’

In Partner Yoga postures, there is always a point of balance and stillness in which we can rest - even in the most challenging postures. Learn to safely navigate yourself and your partner in aerial postures.


This workshop provides a step-by-step how to enter into the powerful flying posture sequences. These postures are instrumental in overcoming physical and emotional limitations and learning to trust ourselves and each other.
In addition, being weightless, being suspended in the air, and deeply connecting with another in this way, can satisfy a rewarding part of our childlike spirit that craves to play and experience joy.
Join with or without a partner. 
All levels and abilities welcome. 
For questions contact Lara at larastouch @ gmail.com 


Watch this short video to get inspired about the joy of flying together through the practices of Principle-Based Partner Yoga™.  

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Compassion and Faith as tools to Soften Relationship

What does relationship as path to growth mean to me? 
Simply put, relationships can challenge us. Opportunities for growth are continual. 





When intensity is up, what can we do, who can we be, to ease 
the intensity of this (sometimes) painful process of evolving consciously in connection? 
We can choose to ignore the challenges that we face together hoping that they will magically dissolve on their own one day. Or, we can look at life's challenges as opportunities to awaken together. Looking through the lens of using our relational upsets as a path to further our development can unlock our potential for more meaningful, satisfying, fluid, & dynamic connection. 

While walking our edges in difficult to navigate intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships, I have discovered two key ingredients for softening the intensity of having our relationships be a place of transformation: Compassion and Faith.


In my opinion, compassion and faith seem to go hand in hand. Compassion arises from a human understanding of the suffering we all must face during this life. It gives space by allowing gentleness in the face of adversity and challenges, understanding that it is a human component to being alive. Faith is interconnected because when we can offer this love and understanding to ourselves or another, we 

can graciously allow and accept the unfolding to happen with trust. W
hile staying in relationship to ourselves and others
,
we can begin to embody compassion in our process and whatever is arising so that we can have complete faith in the process as it unfolds.


Compassion is loving attention

, a desire for, and ability to ease the pain we feel in ourselves and see in others. Compassion can be the embodiment of the divine feminine and asks us to embrace tenderness, empathy, nurturing, and devoltion. 



Faith is the trust or confidence especially in times of uncertainty. Faith is fidelity to the truth. When all else comes 
c
rashing down, faith invites us to follow our Highest Potential. Faith can be the embodiment of the divine masculine and asks us to embrace qualities of groundedness, presence, awareness, and altruism. 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Bring Balance back into your life: Yin Yoga Home Practice

We all need a little time to unwind. 


In fact, in our modern society with our ‘can do’ & ‘more is better’ attitude, we rarely find the time to slow down.  The busy days filled to the brim with to-do lists and tasks can be overwhelming at time. Not to mention our media, constant emails, and Facebook connections tapping us constantly on the shoulder asking us to keep up.  It is ever more important to take the time to stop the ‘doing’ and rest into the peaceful quiet of ‘being’. Yin yoga is the perfect antidote for the current epidemic of the stress filled the world. 


So what is Yin Yoga? Yin and yang are Taoist principles. Yang is the energy mentioned above – that of doing, active, masculinity, and assertive energy. Obviously, this energy is important and needed … but it all comes back to balance. Yin is the opposite and complementary energy – that of rest, relaxation, femininity, and receptive energy. Again, it is vital that both of these energies are in balance in relation to one another to create harmony and health in our lives. 

Yin yoga is perfect for beginners to a yoga practice and also wonderful for those more advanced practitioners seeking, again more balance in their lives. Yin yoga offers a silent reprieve to go inside, let go of tension in the body, and cultivate silence and peace of mind. We hold simple floor poses from anywhere to 2-5 minutes to allow the body to unravel and the mind to slow down. We also use the assistance of blankets, pillows, bolsters, and blocks to rest in the poses for this longer period of time.

Yin yoga works on a deeper layer. Instead of opening up the muscles of the body we begin to open the deeper connective tissue including ligaments, tendons, and fascia. By holding the poses, we allow time and gravity to do the work for us. In addition to opening up the connective tissue, we also open and balance the meridians (or energy lines) of the body to restore on a holistic level. Through simple rest, we allow deeper tension and holding patterns to unravel. This can start out as a physical release but has the potential to move energy emotionally, mentally, and spiritually if you listen. 

So what do you need to know to start a Yin yoga home practice? Read on for tips and tools you can use to get you started ...

What you will need: 
  • a quiet space
  • a yoga mat
  •  2-3 yoga blocks
  • a blanket
  • a timer/clock
  • relaxing music*
  • a meditation cushion *
  • pillows*
  • bolsters* (*optional) 

  1. Allow yourself anywhere between 30-60 minutes for your quiet yin yoga practice. 
  2. Turn your phone on silent and limit any possible distractions. 
  3. Make a commitment to yourself to stay and give yourself space to truly drop in. 
  4. Start in a seated position and take the first few moments to arrive and become still. 
  5. Watch your breath for a few minutes. 
  6. Silently set an intention for your practice. 
  7. Find your first position and relax into the posture. 
  8. Use your props (pillows, cushions, bolsters, blankets) to assure that you can rest into the posture. 
  9. You can place the props under your elbows, forehead, etc. to make sure you can stay and relax.  
  10. Stay in the poses for the desired length of time and use your breath to anchor you in the moment. 
  11. Use your timer/clock to let you know when it is time to move out of the posture. 
  12. After you are complete with one pose return back to a neutral position (laying on your back) to give your body an opportunity to assimilate the opening. 
  13. Watch and build awareness to how the poses affect you on all levels. (physically, emotionally, energetically, and spiritually)

Other important things to remember: 
- When you fold forward into the posture move into your edge with out pushing beyond.
- Find a yin way to meet where you are at and then soften and round your spine. 
- If you are hyper flexible be conscious not to hold too deep for too long. 
- If you have any sensitivity in your neck area and letting your head and spine round is painful don’t do it or place a block under your forehead to support the neck. 
-Always speak to a qualified yoga instructor if you have any questions or worries. 
-You can also contact me with any and all questions by posting comments below. 

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Thank you for your support and happy yinning to you all!
Namaste, 
Lara Barber 
~*~

Friday, May 5, 2017

Partner Yoga: Sacred Connection

Join Lara Barber and Danny Morris for 
Partner Yoga: Sacred Connection 

at Earth Yoga Boulder 


Awaken to the healing power of intentional touch and connection. 


Join us for a fabulous evening of joining consciously through the profound practices of partner yoga. Whether you are currently building intimacy in a current relationship, or you are open to cultivating this skill with someone new, this workshop will inspire deeper presence in all of your relationships. Welcome all that you are, meet others where they ar the, dance between the awareness of self and other, and remember the sacredness of authentically connecting in community.



Earth Yoga Boulder 
https://www.earthyogaboulder.com/home

June 9th, 2017
6 - 8:30pm
Investment: $30 per person, $25 per person before 6/1/2017

Purchase: https://earthyogaboulder.tulasoftware.com/external_form?e=3090680&m=Buy+a+pass+for+Partner+Yoga+-+Sacred+Connection


Lara Barber has been teaching Principle-Based Partner Yoga™ since 2009. She is a passionate yogini and lover of life. Lara teaches classes inspired by her life's study of massage therapy, yoga, meditation, mindfulness, body-centered awareness, shamanism, and Chinese Meridian Theory. She views the present moment and the body as tools to access great depths of our being. Yoga is an art form that she carves into each practice to restore your body, mind, and soul, to leave you feeling more connected and aligned.

Danny teaches Mindfulness, Yoga and Cultivating Emotional Balance as a way to develop the skills to live an authentic embodied life. He weaves essential teachings from various traditions, in a clear and comprehensive way to meet each student where they are. He is an embodied mindfulness coach and works one on one with students to develop a personalized practice.

He is a Basic Mindfulness facilitator, practicing 8+ years with Shinzen Young and 3 years full time at a Modern Monastery, The Center for Mindful Learning, with Soryu Forall. He has trained with Alan Wallace in Cultivating Emotional Balance, Shamatha, Vipassana and Dzogchen. He initially studied Yoga with Kathy McNames through the Yoga Vermont teacher training in 2008. He also completed the Anusara Yoga Immersion with Todd Norian and Ann Green and the Self Transformation Program at Swami Rama’s ashram in Rishikesh, India, integrating his knowledge of mindfulness with the physical practices of the energeticbody.www.embodytrue.com

Resting Together: Restorative Partner Yoga Practices with Lara Barber and Danny Morris

Remember your basic need for touch and connection. 


Sunday, May 14th 2:00 p.m - 4:30 p.m.
$20 each person 

Join us for this 2.5-hour workshop including restorative partner yoga practices and simple massage techniques. Embody receptive, intentional listening, while opening deeply to connection with yourself and a partner. Experience an expanded sense of relaxation and healing that can only occur while in a relationship with another being through these practices. Allowing ourselves to rest comfortably while in relationship to others can have a profound effect on nourishing our nervous systems. 

Join with or without a partner. All levels and abilities welcome to join.




Thursday, March 9, 2017

Lara's Professional Business Resume

Lara Christine Barber


Objective
To acquire and maintain a position at this establishment that allows me to share my passion for maintaining and growing a successful business.


Qualifications
2013 Office Manager McCauley Family Farm
2012 Movement Director Bodywork Bistro Living Arts Center
2012 Studio Manager CorePower Yoga South Boulder
2010 Studio Manager CorePower Yoga Boulder on the Hill
2009 Studio Assistant CorePower Yoga North and South Boulder
2006 Graduate of the Boulder College of Massage Therapy 1000-hour program.
2000-2004 Longmont High School graduate with emphasis on Advanced Placement Art (AP Studio Art) and Interactive Mathematics Program (Honors IMP).

Skills & Duties
Responsible for continual revenue growth
Strategize on bringing new students into the studio, promote programs, retail sales, working with marketing team to deliver and create effective marketing collateral, utilize economic judgment when making spending decisions.
Client Relationship Development
Exemplify extraordinary customer service, assume leadership role, ensure physical space meets high standards, maintain appropriate level of studio supplies, high level of communication with clients and staff, delivering feedback, & client follow-up and support
Personnel Development
Hire, train, and develop studio staff, supervise, review, and coach employees, sustain high level of communication, & provide ongoing productive feedback
Lifestyle Program Support
Deliver and support plans and execute promotional events and programs, inspire and coordinate local teams, & be responsible for revenue targets and enrollment goals
Administrative
Correctly report revenue on required deadlines, review, analyze, and respond to reports to offer insight, compile regular payroll duties, complete all required employee documentation, & maintain schedules, financial data, and inventory
Marketing and Sales
Creative promotion through relationships with local businesses, flyers, Facebook page, one-on-one contact, & sales calls for program enrollment

Personality Highlights

  • Social, confident and fast learner.
  • Organized, detail oriented, and self- started individual.
  • Motivated, driven, intrigued and interested.

Lara's Updated Yoga & Massage Resume

Lara Barber CMT, E-RYT
Certified and Licensed Massage Therapist
Experienced and Registered Yoga Instructor


Objective

To acquire and maintain a position at this establishment that allows me to grow and share my passion for creating health, and awareness within this community.



Education

  • Graduate of the Boulder College of Massage Therapy B.C.M.T. with the 1000 Hour training program including but not limited to; Therapeutic Swedish Massage Therapy, Zen Shiatsu, Polarity Therapy, Chair Massage, Sports Massage, Chair Massage, Hydrotherapy, Anatomy and Physiology, Pathology, and Client Communication.
  • Graduate of multiple yoga teacher trainings including but not limited to: Techniques, Teaching Methods, Anatomy and Physiology, Philosophy/Ethics, Teaching Experience, & Group Facilitation
  • Currently enrolled in an Authentic Relating Comprehensive training in Boulder, Colorado.


2013 Hakomi Body Based Psychotherapy Training (700 hours)
2013 Level Two Principle Based Partner Yoga Teacher Training (50+hours)
2012 Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher Training (200+ hours) 
2011 CorePower Yoga Level 2 Teacher Training (35+ hours) 
2009 Principle-Based Partner Yoga Teacher Training (50+ hours) 
2009 Hot Yoga Teacher Training (200 hours) 
2009 Yin Yoga Teacher Training (30+ hours)
2008 Hot Power Fusion Yoga Teacher Training (30+ hours)
2008 CorePower Yoga Teacher Training (200 hours) Yoga Alliance Recognized
2005-2006 Graduate of the Boulder College of Massage Therapy 1000-hour program.
2000-2004 Longmont High School graduate with emphasis on Advanced Placement Art (AP Studio Art) and Interactive Mathematics Program (Honors IMP).


Massage Therapy Experience

Bodywork Bistro, Massage Therapist since 2006 offering walk-in table and chair massage.
Private practice, Maintained and supported a thriving private massage practice at personal office spaces.
Colorado Therapies and Aquatic Center, maintained and supported a thriving massage practice.
BCMT Student Clinic, Over 40 hours of massage in four different modalities.
Boulder Community Hospital, 10 Hours of relaxation massage to patients of BCH.
Bolder Boulder 10K, Provided post sports massage to runners.
Fat Tire Classic Winter Park, Volunteer providing pre and post event massage.
Cafe of Life, Intern providing 10 hours of chair massage to potential chiropractor clients.
Domestic Rabbit Rescue, Intern provided 5 hours of animal massage to rescued rabbits.


Yoga Instruction Experience
CorePower Yoga, Teaching yoga since 2008 offering beginner and advanced yoga classes including vinyasa yoga, hot yoga, yin yoga, and Principle Based Partner Yoga.
Private practice, maintained and supported a thriving private yoga client base at a personal office space.
Radiance Power Yoga, Teaching yoga since 2012 offering beginner and advanced power vinyasa yoga classes.
CorePower Yoga, Internship providing 60 hours of yoga instruction to beginner students


Other Qualifications
Professional Associations: First Aid & CPR Certified, Yoga Alliance, Insured
Personality Highlights: Committed to continual personal self-growth, enthusiastic confident, and outgoing, organized and detail oriented, professional, and passionate about health and wellness.
Other work experience: Managed and opened successful yoga studios and offices, & marketing and computer skills.  


“Illuminate transformation and restore balance”- Lara’s Touch

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Awakening the Heart: Partner Yoga Workshop for Valentine's Day 2017



Remember and connect with the inner intelligence of your heart. 

This workshop will combine simple partner yoga practices to awaken this divine center in your being.  
Perfect for friends, family, or lovers. 


Principle-Based Partner Yoga™ is an emerging practice that combines the healing power of yoga, conscious touch, and union of self and other. It integrates the body-heart-mind-spirit connection among individuals by combining simple and profound techniques to inspire a deeper awareness in yoga poses & practices.

Join with or without a partner. All levels welcome.
Register online here!

"There is a light that shines beyond all things on Earth, beyond us all, beyond the heavens, beyond the highest, the very highest heavens. This is the light that shines in our heart."
Chandogya Upanishad 3.13.7

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Surfing the Wave: Solo and Partner Yoga Playtime

Surfing the Wave

Solo and Partner Yoga Playtime 
with Lara Barber 


Yoga Union at The Integral Center
Thursday, January 19th 
6:30-8:30 p.m.

$20 each 
$15 pre-register online 
$10 for Integral 

What is it like to connect to self? 
What is is like to connect to others? 

Surf the wave between your individual self and your connections with others in this fun partner yoga playtime. This workshop builds the skills, tools, and inspirations to build bridges between individual and partner practices and demonstrates how each practice supports the other. Our focus will be on mirrored postures, partner vinyasa, creative collaborations, flying poses.


Principle-Based Partner Yoga™ is an emerging practice that combines the healing power of yoga, conscious touch, and union of self and other. It integrates the body-heart-mind-spirit connection among individuals by combining simple and profound techniques to inspire a deeper awareness in yoga poses & practices.

Join with or without a partner. All levels welcome. 

"In Principle-Based Partner Yoga, we become gurus for each other, dispelling the illusion of separation." - Elysabeth Williamson

Partner Yoga @ The Integral Center Boulder

Dear Friends, 

Exploring partnership through the context of Partner Yoga is a deeply rich territory for self-study and reflection. One of my biggest passions is illuminating self to self and self to other dynamics through the microscope of partnered practices. It is my honor to offer Principle-Based Partner Yoga at the beautiful yoga space, Yoga Union in the basement of The Integral Center here in Boulder, Colorado on an ongoing basis. 

You are personally invited to join me in this exploration and expansion of Partner Yoga. 

This is a fantastic opportunity to combine therapeutic yoga, conscious touch, and relating practices to deepen your understanding of yourself in relationship to others and the world. 

In addition, if you are a therapist, teacher, healer, leader, etc. please consider collaborating with me for any events or applications where you feel that Partner Yoga may be a fit. In particular, Partner Yoga can be a wonderful team building activity for colleagues, team-mates, lovers, and friends. Working together with you and your clients would be an honor. If you know anyone who might resonate with this possibility please pass along my information by forwarding this email. On another note, I am always seeking people to practices and play partner yoga, in a casual way away from the teaching setting. If this is something that interests you please do let me know! 

Partner Yoga at Yoga Union 
The Integral Center
2805 Broadway St
Boulder, Colorado 80304

2nd and 4th Thursday of the month 
6:30- 8:30 p.m. 

Some highlights: 
*New themes each week to offer depth, meaning, and playfulness 
*Embodiment practices while relating to others 
*Healing power of yoga and relationship 

COME PLAY!
COLLABORATE WITH ME!
EXPAND THE HEALING PRACTICES OF SELF/OTHER INQUIRE AND YOGA! 



Principle-Based Partner Yoga™ is an emerging practice that combines the healing power of yoga, conscious touch, and union of self and other. It integrates the body-heart-mind-spirit connection among individuals by combining simple and profound techniques to inspire a deeper awareness in yoga poses & practices.

Join with or without a partner. All levels welcome. 

"In Principle-Based Partner Yoga, we become gurus for each other, dispelling the illusion of separation." - Elysabeth Williamson

Here is a facebook link to the event happening this Thursday, January 5th: 

Upcoming Thursday classes: 
January 5th 
January 19th 
February 9th 
February 23rd 

Thank you for your love and support! 

Blessings,