Alignment-based Yoga

These alignment-based classes welcome beginners and challenge advanced students. By aligning digits and joints, directing energy, and creating depth with the breath, students will create an expanded sense of their yoga practice. This intentional and nourishing class will help you integrate your yoga with your life, while getting your joints juicy! It will be, “The toughest yoga class you’ll ever love.”


Meet Dara Harper

Compassionate. Determined. Human.


Dara Harper, a yoga teacher with 22 years experience, has taught every level of yoga from beginner to absurd. She has taught athletes, pre-natal yoga, therapeutic yoga, students who have been dancers, and students who can barely move. For Dara, the physical practice of yoga is about coming into balance. Some students are too flexible and work their way toward strength. Other students are inflexible and work their way toward mobility. Dara combines her concise alignment-based instruction with subtle adjustments to create a greater understanding for each individual student. Every class is infused with juicy poses, breath work, and philosophy to bend your brain. Dara has studied with many great teachers including John Friend (the founder of Anusara Yoga), Douglas Brooks, Desiree Rumbaugh, Sianna Sherman, Doug Keller, and Tom Myers, a Rolfer and author of the book Anatomy Trains. Originally from Louisville, KY, Dara moved with her family from Denver, CO to Syracuse in 2008.

What I do


My classes move from strong to calm. Simplicity in action is usually difficult to achieve, so there is a lot of emphasis on the alignment of digits and joints as well as the direction of energy and breath.

Private Lessons

Private lessons are like having a one-on-one tutor: the class is completely based on your needs. If you are trying to build a certain strength or you need a period of calm without a class, then a private lesson can be useful. Some prefer to take one private lesson and others choose private lessons consistently.


Workshops are offered periodically. My favorite workshop title ever was “Yoga for Totally Inflexible Men Who Can’t Touch Their Toes” which I taught in Louisville, KY circa 2004. I also loved teaching “Free your Hips and Your Mind Will Follow”.


  • The toughest yoga class you’ll ever love.

    Jeanne Chu, 2017
  • Now I know what integrity feels like.

    Maureen, 2015
  • Dara is a joy to learn from.

    Brit Cashatt, 2017