Larissa Hall Carlson, E-RYT 500, is a Yee Yoga teacher, Yoga Teacher Training Director, Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Prenatal Yoga teacher, and Kripalu Center faculty member. She is the former Education Manager of Kripalu's Institute for Extraordinary Living, the former Dean of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, and co-director of Yoga Journal's online course "Ayurveda 101." Larissa leads transformative, empowering, and inspiring classes, workshops, and trainings around the U.S. where she is known for her exceptional knowledge of yoga and Ayurveda, deep practice, and professionalism.
Larissa is passionate about encouraging all people to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature through the time-honored teachings of yoga, Ayurveda, and Mindfulness. Regularly presenting at Yoga Journal Live events and Wanderlust festivals, Larissa has been featured in Yoga Journal, Shape, Men’s Journal, The Washington Post, More, Elephant Journal, Spirituality & Health, InStyle, NY Yoga + Life Magazine, Origins, Mantra Magazine, Yoganonymous, Prevention, MindBodyGreen, and Dr. Oz: The Good Life.
One of Larissa’s specialties is teaching yoga and mindfulness to elite performers. For over a decade, she has worked in partnership with the musicians and performers of Tanglewood Music Center to help alleviate performance anxiety and stress and to enhance skillfulness and performance excellence. She has also taught yoga, meditation, breathwork, and yogic philosophy at the Julliard School, Boston Conservatory, Berkshire Opera Company, and the Nashville Ballet, as well as to students at Harvard, Princeton, Lawrenceville, and Emma Willard.
As faculty for the Kripalu Schools of Yoga & Ayurveda, she currently directs advanced yoga teacher trainings specializing in pranayama and the ayurvedic approach to yoga, and is a 200-hr and 500-hr Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training director. Larissa can also be found directing in other renowned YTTs around the USA.
As a life-long, extremely dedicated, and passionate student, Larissa has studied with some of the world’s most distinguished, knowledgeable, and esteemed teachers of yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda. She thanks and honors each of her teachers individually and collectively for their wisdom and generosity, including: Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman Yee, Richard Rosen, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Shiva Rea, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, Lama Surya Das, Stephen Cope, Jonathan Foust, Yoganand Michael Carroll, Scott Blossom, Matt Pesendian, Emma Balnaves, and Zhander Remete. Larissa is also indebted to and humbled by her Ayurveda teachers, in the USA and India, who have so graciously shared their knowledge and love, including: Dr. Robert Svoboda, Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. David Frawley, Dr. Claudia Welch, Dr. Scott Blossom, Dr. John Douillard, Dr. Sunil Joshi, Dr. Partab Chauhan, Dr. Jay Apte, Dr. Rosy Mann, Dr. Jyothi Bhatt, and Dr. Satya Narayana Dasa.
Larissa is available for trainings, conferences, and events as well as for personal yoga, Ayurveda, and Mindfulness coaching.