Alignment-based Yoga

Dara’s specialty is in creating a strong foundation for beginners and designing powerful classes for seasoned practitioners. Her expertise is in teaching “pose precision” and helping students to achieve anatomical alignment.


Meet Dara Harper

Compassionate. Determined. Juicy.


Dara has been teaching yoga for 19 years and specializes in pose precision and body alignment. 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. These will be strong classes for any student: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Students will all be cared for and challenged simultaneously with active stretching, weight-bearing poses, such as downward facing dog and plank, and breathwork. Dara is attentive and patient and loves to watch her students blossom!

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”.


  • Now I know what integrity feels like.

    — Maureen, 2015
  • I have been a private student of Dara's for over a year now, and have never felt more connected with my body and aware of what it needs! As a runner, I was able to drop fifteen minutes off my personal best in my last race thanks to the understanding I have of my own body and the strengthening of it all with Dara's guidance and support. She rocks!

    — Sarah. C., 2014
  • I didn't even know I needed Dara until I took her class. I've taken yoga classes with various teachers over the years, but none has been as patient, knowledgable and truly caring as Dara. I highly recommend her class to beginners and advanced practitioners alike.

    — Jessie
  • Just took my first class with Dara at Wacheva Cultural Arts - can't wait to go back for more! Her class was at a gentle pace yet very challenging. I greatly appreciated her individual adjustments and tips. Personable and highly therapeutic class. My body experienced pain relief and strengthening, yay!

    — Lavet Lorenz, 2016


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