about lara

Lara Blackin

Lara Blackin

Lara Sattva Blackin (Formerly Lara Bontempo)  | yoga | art | reflexology

Certified Reflexologist

Professional Interdisciplinary Yoga Educator. ryt 500

Certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher, Blooma Prenatal Yoga

Certified Pranassage™ Practioner

Visual Artist   |   Mendhi Henna Artist


“joyful + creative healing arts from head to toe”

Lara Sattva Blackin’s mission in teaching yoga is simply to nurture joy. For over a decade, students have expressed that…”She beautifully combines grace and strength in her teaching, encouraging students to work to their fullest through playful study, fulfilling and thoughtful practice.” “Lara has this amazing energy…from the minute she starts class, making it feel like none that I have been to before. The practice itself is just plain outright fun!”

A professional E-ryt500 level Interdisciplinary Yoga educator from Leesburg, VA, Lara earned her certification from the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica from 2007 – 2009 with her gurus Amba and Don Stapleton, PhD. Prior to that an apprenticeship with an Iyengar master instructor in Annapolis, MD from 1999 to 2005, and studies in Kundalini Yoga practices since 1998, vitalized her growing interest in yoga. Receiving an Advanced Pre-natal Yoga certification with Blooma in 2012 and Mindful Meditation studies 2010-2014, she brings her joyful enthusiasm for yoga and the healing arts to growing families across the DC metropolitan area, teaching students of all ages who seek a fuller expression of self and vitality. Lara is also certified in Pranassage™ a creative synthesis of yoga and bodywork and is a practicing Reflexologist and Mendhi Henna Artist. She currently resides in Leesburg, VA with her husband Michael and their combined family of six children, who inspire her teachings every day.

yoga   | Yoga can be for anyone and benefit everyone. Lara, so offers compassion and enthusiasm to all those who study with her. Her teaching reflects attention to placement and alignment as well as fluidity of movement and the essential breath. Certified to teach Children’s Yoga , Prenatal Yoga, Interdisciplinary Yoga and Pranassage™ at the 500 RYT level, Lara can design a personal yoga program for each individual at any stage of life.

Her sensitivity, humility and creativity attract a loyal and committed following of students. Lara’s adaptability, being able to accommodate the absolute beginner as well as the more experienced student, coupled with her creativity and knowledge, has prompted students of all ages to search out and study with her.

Creator of Inspired Yoga Flow, Happy Hour Yoga,  Historical Annapolis Foundation’s Yoga in the Garden, Yoga After School programs for Elementary and Middle Schools in Annapolis and Baltimore and most recently the renowned  Yoga Ecstatic www.yogaecstatic.com, a monthly live music and yoga event acclaimed by Annapolis Yoga as an “event that felt like none that I’ve been to before. The practice itself was just plain outright fun!,” Lara brings yoga to unique outdoor and indoor spaces in the Annapolis area.  Voted Best Yoga in Annapolis by the Capital Newspaper Readers Choice Award 2009, Lara is honored to have the acknowledgement of our growing yoga community.