• "Working as a corporate lawyer in Toronto, I used mindfulness meditation to manage my stress and anxiety and to perform better at work. The more I practiced, the more I realized that having a regular meditation practice gave me a huge advantage in dealing with every aspect of my life. I am now fully committed to teaching mindfulness and other techniques to calm the nervous system, and to educating people on how these practices make your life flow with more ease.

     

    And life just keeps getting better and better the more I practice."

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    ABOUT LARA

     

    As a former stressed-out lawyer turned mindfulness and meditation advocate, Lara brings a wealth of personal experience to her meditation and Yoga Nidra teachings. A committed yogi for 18 years with thousands of hours spent in meditation and on retreat, Lara's journey towards inner peace has been consistent, patient and exploratory. Through meditation and yoga, she discovered the profound connection between stress, physical tension and emotional well-being, and has been guiding people through private sessions, corporate workshops and wellness retreats internationally through Listen Lightly since 2017.

     

    Lara's teachings are rooted in the latest science of nervous system relaxation and emotional release. With a blend of mindfulness, meditation, visualization practices, Yoga Nidra ("Yogic sleep"), chakra energy work, reiki, ayurvedic medicine practices, breath-work, and cannabis-assisted meditation journeys, she guides her clients towards finding a more balanced nervous system, healing specific injuries or traumas, and towards cultivating more peace in their daily lives.

     

    And towards more restful, deeper sleep!

  • Experience and Training

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    University Education

    Every single thing I've learned has contributed to where I'm at now

    • JD from Emory University (Atlanta)
      • I specialized in International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights Law and Environmental Law
    • BSC(Honours) in Environmental Geology from Queens University (Kingston)
    • Mindvalley's AI Mastery Course (Online) - 2024
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    Meditation

    Retreats and courses that have significantly deepened my mindfulness practice

    • 200hr Yoga Teacher Training by Tribe Yoga, Goa India - February-March 2010
    • Sivananda Yoga Ashram, Nassau, Bahamas - July 2015
    • Sivananda Yoga Ashram, Kerala, India - November 2015
    • 200hr Meditation Facilitator Training Program hosted by Jivasu of the Naturality Path, Toronto - October 2016
    • Sivananda Yoga Ashram, Nassau, Bahamas - April 2017
    • Silent Meditation Retreat at Harmony Dawn Retreat Centre, Cobourg, Ontario - April 2018
    • Sivananda Yoga Ashram, Grass Valley, California - October 2018 (4 days)
    • Jack Kornfield semi-silent retreat at The Kripalu Center, Massachusetts - January 2019
    • Vipassana Silent Meditation Retreat at Harmony Dawn Retreat Centre, Cobourg, Ontario - April 2019
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    • Contemplative Psychotherapy and Mindfulness Certificate Program offered by the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, Toronto, Ontario - 2019/2020
    • SoulCollage retreat with Mariabruna Sirabella at the Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California - February 2020
    • Medicinal Mindfulness Psychedelic Sitter Training Level 1 with Daniel McQueen - October 2020
    • Medicinal Mindfulness Psychedelic Sitter Training Level 2 with Daniel McQueen - January 2021
    • 50hr Yoga Nidra Facilitator Training with Tribe Yoga, Online - December 2021
    • Reiki Certification Level I+II with Chel Rogerson - March 2022
    • Pilgrimage to Babaji's Cave with Kriya Lightning Foundation, Uttarakhand, India - October 2023