Me with my kids. How many feet do you see on the ground?
Hi! I'm Larissa, and this is my story. Before I became a movement teacher, I was a typically semi-active adult with past experience in competitive swimming, running, yoga, and weightlifting. I (twice!) considered a career as yoga instructor. Ultimately, however, I became a high school English teacher, a job that required lots of sitting - grading papers, planning, and attending endless meetings. Then, in 2011, I gave birth to twin boys. I walked everywhere, carrying them on my back and front. Though I felt strong and active, I realized pretty quickly that I was wearing myself out by moving without mindfulness. By 2015, I had a bum knee, plantar fasciitis, and felt less than strong. Commuting, working, and mothering left me with little time to mind my body.
That’s when I found Nutritious Movement®. Over the next two years, I started walking daily and began performing the corrective exercises that have helped me rediscover healthful, dynamic movement. In 2017, I completed a two-year Restorative Exercise certification as well as a Restore Your Core teacher training, an experience that introduced a radical new understanding of physical healing - one that promoted connection over correction. In other words, we can’t return to free, joyful movement until we first understand and accept our bodies as they are. My work today is an outgrowth of my experiences in movement, both personally and from working with clients. While sitting in traffic and at desks or pushing our bodies to the point of exhaustion seem to be standard fare, I have learned that moving differently and more frequently can lead to transformation and healing. Through attention and fine tuning, we can all relearn what it means to be physically capable, strong, and fully present in our bodies.
As a Nutritious Movement® Certified Restorative Exercise Specialist and a Restore Your Core Certified teacher, I am indebted to the work and guidance of many teachers, among them:
Lauren Ohayon: Lauren is an internationally recognized Yoga and Pilates teacher specializing in core and pelvic floor issues. Her Restore Your Core Teacher Training gave me the tools to better assess and work with a variety of bodies. I learned to deeply love my own body and how to better support others' process of coming home to their bodies.
Katy Bowman: Katy’s Nutritious Movement philosophy introduced me to the idea of movement as a diet full of varied flavors and textures. Studying with Katy offered me a deeper connection with my physical self and an understanding of how to integrate more and better movement into my life.
Abby Tucker: Abby has built a beautiful community around yoga. Practicing with Abby for many years taught me to find joy in movement and ultimately set me on the path to a career in movement education.
I am also deeply grateful for every body I encounter in class. There are too many authors to list here in terms of influence on my thinking about bodies and minds and the world, but among current influences are Dianne Bondy, Amber Karnes, Eric Franklin, Michelle Cassandra Johnson, and adrienne maree brown. And I am grateful for my husband and the time and space he's held so I can grow. And those little boys in the photo, who need a mama who can keep up with them.