Welcome to Yoga Lab

Yoga is an opportunity to know yourself better. Only you can become the world’s leading expert on your life—but first you must learn how to observe yourself and how you work. In yoga, you are the laboratory. Yoga Lab is a supportive environment where people can gather and share in the spirit of learning, self-discovery, and continued growth.  See below to learn more about what makes our studio special.

What Makes Our Studio Special

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Five founding teachers came together to create Yoga Lab based on our common interest in anatomy and functional movement, and in combining Western science with Eastern wisdom. We are committed to teaching a sustainable yoga practice that integrates and enriches the body, mind, and soul. We teach a vinyasa-flow based style of yoga that connects you to your core through intelligent sequencing and functional movement. We have diverse scholarly backgrounds, including advanced degrees in psychology, philosophy, and biology. We have all trained in multiple styles of yoga, including advanced training with a physical therapist, Lara Heimann, so we share a strong foundation in anatomy and functional movement. We integrate this knowledge to provide you with the best possible class experience. We are pleased to be joined by several other amazing teachers who share our values.

MEET OUR TEACHERS

At Yoga Lab we love to learn and are committed to education. We seek out continuing education opportunities for ourselves to advance our own practice and teaching, and are pleased to share that knowledge with you. Several of our teachers are certified Yoga Alliance Continuing Ed Providers (YACEP) and we offer many opportunities for yoga teachers to get Continuing Ed hours through our unique classes and workshops. Just look for the YACEP stamp to see eligible classes and workshops, and email the teacher if you need a certificate for verification with Yoga Alliance.

SEE CONTINUING ED CLASSES
SEE CONTINUING ED WORKSHOPS

In addition to regular and Continuing Ed classes, Yoga Lab offers 200-Hour, 300-Hour, and 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Programs. These comprehensive yoga trainings integrate Yoga Philosophy and Ethics, Asana, Functional Anatomy and Alignment, Intelligent Sequencing, Injury Prevention, Meditation, Pranayama (breath work), Sanskrit & Chanting, Teaching Methodology, and History of Yoga. The trainings are co-taught by the 5 founding partners of Yoga Lab.

Yoga Lab is a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance. Completing the 200-Hour training will make you eligible to register as a RYT200 with Yoga Alliance. All graduates from a RYT200 program are welcome to apply to the Yoga Lab 500-hour program. Teachers who already hold a RYT200 certification will become eligible for the RYT500 certification with Yoga Alliance by completing 300 hours of training through this advanced program.  If you are not yet a RYT200 and would like to complete both the Yoga Lab 200-Hour training and advanced training for a RYT500 certification, please apply to both the 200-Hour and 500-Hour programs.

LEARN ABOUT 200-HR TEACHER TRAINING
LEARN ABOUT 300/500-HR TEACHER TRAINING

Healthy Living

Yoga Lab Members receive 10% OFF at these amazing local businesses! 

At Yoga Lab we created an innovative community membership model to help enhance overall wellness and healthy living within the State College Community. Our goal is to create affordable and easy access to restaurants with vegan and vegetarian options, massage therapy, and gear for an athletic lifestyle. We believe everyone grows by supporting one another, and that includes our neighboring businesses. It’s not just a way of being a member at Yoga Lab, but a way of being a part of this broader community of people who are also interested in making good choices.

Check out this article to learn more about how we started this model for affordable healthy living in State College!

Nourish Body, Mind, & Spirit with Power Lunch at Yoga Lab! 

Yoga Lab and Webster’s Cafe have teamed up to make it even easier to incorporate yoga and a healthy vegan/vegetarian diet into your lifestyle with “Power Lunch”, offered Mondays and Wednesdays 12-1pm. This class involves an hour-long challenging practice followed by a healthy vegetarian lunch delivered from Webster’s! Take your lunch to go or stay and eat with your other Yoga lab mates! Or, you can come to the class only, without lunch.

Register online by 11am (Mon or Wed) to have lunch delivered to the studio right after class!

Cost: Lunch: $7.95; Class Only: class cards & memberships apply, or $15 drop-in

Bonus: Yoga Teachers get Continuing Ed Hours!

SEE POWER LUNCH MENU
REGISTER FOR LUNCH

Register for the Nutrition Habit Challenge to enter to Win a Trip to Disney World!  Seriously! 

Yoga Lab has partnered with the Nutrition Habit Challenge (NHC), a community-wide wellness initiative held each February, designed to educate, motivate and inspire community members to take personal responsibility for improving their health habits. Using the “less is more” philosophy, the NHC encourages participants to make a manageable nutrition commitment for the month of February. Participate and you can enter to win amazing prizes, including a Grand Prize Trip for Four to Disney World!

REGISTER FOR NUTRITION HABIT CHALLENGE
LEARN MORE ABOUT NHC AT OUR REGISTRATION DRIVE

Community

At Yoga Lab we value community, and we host lots of exciting events to bring the community together, including:

  • Creative celebrations like making prayer flags for the New Year
  • Free Movie Nights
  • Potluck dinners
  • Glowga–Glow in the dark yoga
  • Yoga with live music
  • Partner Yoga
  • Yoga Lab Members get Bring a Friend for Free Passes!

Sustainability

At Yoga Lab we care about the environment, and we do our best to practice ahimsa, nonharming, to the world around us. Our choices for the studio reflect our commitment to sustainability:

  • 100% sustainably harvested bamboo flooring
  • Floor underlayment made of recycled rubber
  • Floor trim made of reclaimed wood
  • 100% Wind Energy
  • Entryway rugs made from 100% recycled plastic bottles (from Fab Habitat)
  • Handmade furniture from reclaimed wood
  • Eco-friendly Retail
  • Charity donations to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).  The NRDC is dedicated to creating solutions for lasting environmental change and protecting natural resources.

Social Responsibility

At Yoga Lab we believe that a consistent, sustainable yoga practice can make us all happier, healthier, stronger, and more balanced individuals while at the same time improving the community in which we live. Our choices for the studio reflect our commitment to social responsibility:

Support for Your Practice

At Yoga Lab we offer many items for sale in our small retail shop to help support your practice. Yoga Lab Members get 10% off! Our choices for the studio retail reflect our commitments to sustainability and social responsibility:

  • Eco-friendly mats
  • 100% Organic cotton kantha blankets, handmade from recycled saris
  • 100% Organic cotton lavender eye pillows
  • 100% Recycled cotton eco-friendly tote bags
  • BPA-free stainless steel water bottles to reduce plastic waste
  • Sweatshop-free & child labor-free shirts
  • 10% of retail sales go to charity
“Part of the adventure of meditation is to use yourself as a laboratory to find out who you are and what you are capable of.”
John Kabat-Zinn, Full Catastrophe Living
“It is wrong to believe blindly. You must exercise your own reason and judgment; you must practice, and see whether these things happen or not. Just as you would take up any other science, exactly in the same manner you should take up this science for study.”
Swami Vivekananda, Raja Yoga
“Yoga is different from dance or theatre. In yoga we are not creating something for others to look at. As we perform the various asanas we observe what we are doing and how we are doing it. We do it only for ourselves. We are both observer and what is observed at the same time. If we do not pay attention to ourselves in our practice, then we cannot call it yoga.”
T.K.V. Desikachar, The Heart of Yoga