Larissa has called much of the West Coast home: She was born in Seattle, grew up in Ventura County, CA and received a degree in Anthropology from the University of Oregon, Eugene focusing on traditional medicine. Beginning at age 4, Larissa started downhill and water skiing, played soccer, and studied gymnastics and dance. In high school she earned a position on California’s Women's All-Star Lacrosse Team. Larissa was a devoted equestrian participating in Gymkhana events and Show Jumping until a spinal injury from a fall forced her to stop. She suffered years of chronic pain due to these injuries but attributes her daily Pilates practice to her now pain-free life. Her initial training in Portland, OR was Mat and Standing Pilates through PhysicalMind Institute (2003) followed by Mat and Reformer training through Stott Pilates with Melanie Byford-Young (2005). She completed her comprehensive Stott Pilates International certification as well as Injury and Special Population training in 2007. Larissa is a voracious learner whose continued Pilates education includes Athletic Conditioning with John Garey, Jumpboard with PJ O’Clair, Rehabilitation and Gait assessment with Melanie Byford-Young, Stott Barre and Total Barre with Kristi Quinn, and in 2020 she has completed her CoreAlign 1 instructor training.
But while the west coast was “home,” Larissa’s passion for exploring diverse places and cultures started with her first solo International trip to attend the University of St. Andrews, Scotland where she studied Social Anthropology and International Relations. This passion was given wings in her study of Yoga (see below) and inspired her to travel much of the globe in the last few years teaching Yoga and Pilates in New Zealand, Cambodia, India, Nepal, Japan and Scotland before arriving in Denver.
Larissa has been teaching Yoga for two decades and has a background in Sports Massage Therapy (1000hr certification,1999). While studying massage in Seattle, she practiced Yoga with Maude Pauletto, a senior Yoga teacher of Bikram Choudrey who soon asked Larissa to become a Yoga Instructor under her mentorship. It was the beginning of her extensive studies around the globe where she earned her Interdisciplinary Yoga Certification at Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica (Don and Amba Stapleton), studied Baptiste Power Vinyasa, Tulum, Mexico (Baron Baptiste), and received an advanced certification in Vinyasa Flow and Prana Vinyasa in Santorini, Greece and Venice, California (Shiva Rea). She was accepted into Ashtanga Teacher certification and traveled to Mysore, India (Acharya Sheshadri) and Goa, India (David Swenson), then returned to Rishikesh, India in 2013 for her 500 hour Therapeutic Yoga and Ayurveda (Yogi Peeth) following a long residential ashram course. In 2015 she travelled to Phnom Penh, Cambodia and completed her Aerial Yoga Instructor Certification (Alison Hawkins). She is now an avid Yogi and describes her personal practice as a “Meditation in Motion…to facilitate the awareness of each individual as to their own ability to heal themselves, by utilizing the breath as a guide to integrate body and mind with conscious, correct, efficient movement and dedicated exercise.”
Most recently Larissa traveled to Pokhara, Nepal in 2019 and studied with renowned composer and singing bowl practitioner Anup Panthi and earned her Certification as a Sound Therapist. She performs Sound Baths as well as individual Sound Therapy sessions.
Larissa is excited to be a part of the MOVE Studio community, bringing her infectious energy, holistic approach, Yoga background and love for a strong, flowing, energetic practice into all of her classes and private sessions.