Photo by Michelle Smith-Lewis

Meet Lara

“Let your curiosity be greater than your fear.”

—Pema Chödrön, American Tibetan Buddhist nun

“Let your curiosity be greater than your fear.”

—Pema Chödrön, American Tibetan Buddhist nun

My teaching journey began when people started asking me for help. I answered the simple request: “Will you teach me?”

I’ve been drawn to service since childhood and consider it a privilege to contribute to the success of others. My guiding principles are simple: Serve and love. Serve with love. Love who I serve.

Over several decades, I’ve been guided by gifted, older female teachers, experts, and healers. They illuminated pathways that revealed everything I was longing for was already—and always had been—contained within. The vital combination of disciplined self-inquiry and prayer led to tangible feelings of safety—of being protected—as well as supreme confidence in my own instincts. Raw vulnerability transformed into personal power. These liberating experiences, honed from working with feminine wisdom and developing a willingness to walk with mystery, have opened the door to boundless grace.

If useful answers are not arising for you in life’s critical moments, they will with intentional, adept effort. Your sādhanā (spiritual path of practices), which looks a bit different for each individual person, can unlock an ability to lead yourself and everything you choose to do!

| Michelle Smith-Lewis

Teachers and mentors cannot give you easy solutions to your most important questions. What they ideally have is skillfulness in pointing out objective instructions connecting you to the answers you desire—the ones that arise from within your own resplendent being. I both practice and teach increasing access to freedom from limiting thoughts and behaviors.

Prior to becoming a certified yoga instructor and Reiki practitioner, I worked in government relations, community affairs, politics, and communications. In 2006, I was awarded a Marshall Memorial Fellowship to train emerging leaders in transatlantic relations. I am a graduate of the Center for Women and Democracy and a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit universities.

I now study and teach meditation, write, garden, cook, collect art, and make socially conscious investments. I live with my husband and our dogs in the Pacific Northwest. Recently, I completed my first full-length book, Mātrikā’s Muse: A Mystical Journey to Awakening through the Senses.