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Come Practice With Us

The teachers at Yoga Lab 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. Together we share a 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. Our goal at Yoga Lab is to guide you in the process of self-discovery. By teaching you how to calm your mind, reduce anxiety and stress, and tap into your physical and mental strength, you will be better prepared to confront whatever challenges you face in your life, both on and off the mat.

Meet Our Teachers

Yoga Lab Co-Founders

Mark Agrusti
Mark AgrustiE-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP
This guy wears epic man-skirts and plays the harmonium. You might know him as the guy walking around town who looks like a monk, or the guy who is always with Charlie the dog.

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Kristen Boccumini
Kristen BoccuminiE-RYT 500, YACEP
This lady is a badass. Just look at this picture! Come to her class and she can teach you how to do this too. She also founded Yoga for Unity, which is really cool.

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Anna Engels
Anna EngelsPh.D., E-RYT 500, YACEP
This lady likes traveling and taking pictures. She also likes to think she’s funny–she wrote many of the other teacher bios. She might be 50% cat, and can always find the coziest spot.

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Jeremy Engels
Jeremy EngelsPh.D., E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP
This guy wrote the book on gratitude. He is super smart and is also learning Sanskrit so he walks around the house making strange sounds.

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Ariel Xu
Ariel XuRYT 200, LMT
Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii! This lady has the most open heart and best smile ever. She cooks amazing vegan food and is a Licensed massage therapist. She combines her knowledge of anatomy and mindfulness meditation in her yoga classes. You can find her either teaching or practicing Yoga at Yoga Lab or giving massages at Artemis Massage Studio. She claims that she has the best job ever.

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More Awesome Teachers

Lisa Birocci Banse
Lisa Birocci BanseRYT 200
Lisa is an international professional softball athlete and youth softball coach, ACE Group Fitness professional, Spinning, and MOSSA certified group fitness instructor, and a RYT-200 Yoga Teacher. Basically, an all-around rockstar. Lisa believes the super secrets to life and movement are: MORE Legs, MORE Core, MORE Alignment, and MORE BACKSIDE!

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Sima Farage
Sima FarageRYT 200, MBA, CHC, CEE
Sima recently graduated from the Yoga Lab 200-hr teacher training. She is also a certified Ayurveda and Nutrition coach and loves to infuse her flows with Ayurvedic themes. She’s passionate about health, wellness, meditation and animal rights. Sima aims to make her classes fluid, warm, and challenging. Her flows are inspired by the playful energy of her little fluffy dog, Pluto.

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Rebecca Geist
Rebecca GeistRYT 200
Rebecca completed her 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training here at Yoga Lab. She is enthusiastic about growing as a teacher and developing her own practice. As a Senior at Penn State, she is very involved in a variety of activities focused on serving the community.

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Hans Lemke
Hans LemkeRYT 200
Hans completed his RYT-200 at Yoga Lab in 2017. He is also a certified Reiki Master and provider. He is passionate about alternative methods of healing, veganism, sustainability, and would really like to be reincarnated as an orca.

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Erica Moore
Erica MooreD.Ed., RYT 200
Erica recently completed her RYT-200 at our very own Yoga Lab studio. She is an educator at heart and has a passion for supporting others in discovering their inner strengths for personal growth. Erica is also a certified aromatherapist, and through her love for both yoga and essential oils she focuses on promoting balance and harmony to sustain the overall health of the body, mind, and spirit.

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Taylor O'Connor
Taylor O'ConnorRYT 200
Taylor is a recent graduate of the Yoga Lab 200-hr teacher training, and very excited to dive into her instructing career. She is a graduate student and instructor in the PSU French department, and a junior scholar of post-humanism and animal philosophy. She loves live music, camping, and new experiences.

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Sarah Sigrest
Sarah SigrestRYT 200
Sarah recently completed her RYT-200 with the 5 co-founders of Yoga Lab and is excited to begin her teaching journey. Off of the yoga mat, you can find her at the Penn State softball field where she is the assistant coach. She has a fur child named Winslow that is as sassy as he sounds.

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Anne Williams
Anne WilliamsRYT 200
Anne became inspired to teach after taking classes and trainings from Kristen Boccumini and has been consistently teaching for 3 years. Outside of class, you can find her at a local coffee shop, live music venue, or hitting the trails for a spontaneous hike!

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Laura Van Velsor
Laura Van VelsorRYT 500
Laura wants to make the world a better place for her fierce & compassionate daughter. When she isn’t teaching yoga you can find her volunteering in the community or loving animals (all the animals). In 2015 she started Happy Dog Yoga to combine her passion of yoga with animal rescue and has raised over $4,000 for local charities thanks to yoga!

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“What I love is being an investigator.
And then figuring out how to best serve others. Connecting to core and alignment in body and spirit are pillars in this quest.
For me and you.
Let’s keep being curious.”
Lara Heimann
“It is profoundly satisfying indeed to feel the love of learning and a sense of adventure in discovery come alive in the classroom and see it manifest in your students’ work and lives through the cultivation of mindfulness. As teachers, we live for this.”
John Kabat-Zinn, Mindfulness for Beginners