Welcome to Yoga Lab

In yoga, you are the laboratory. 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. 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.


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.


In addition to regular and Continuing Ed classes, Yoga Lab offers a 200-Hour Teacher Training Program. This comprehensive yoga training integrates Yoga Philosophy and Ethics, Asana, Functional Anatomy and Alignment, Intelligent Sequencing, Injury Prevention, Meditation, Pranayama (breath work), Teaching Methodology, and History of Yoga. The trainings are co-taught by E-RYT / YACEP teachers 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.


Inclusive Community

At Yoga Lab we value inclusive community. All human beings deserve kindness and should not be marginalized because of their race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity. We also welcome all ages, all body sizes, and differing athletic abilities.

  • ALL are welcome at Yoga Lab!
  • We periodically offer Queer Yoga workshops, led by LGBT for LGBT.
  • We support the Black Lives Matter movement through our Yoga for a Cause classes to raise money for the Black Visions Collective.
  • We offer classes in multiple languages – Mandarin Chinese and English.
  • We provide a consent-based culture for touch – we respect your choice to receive hands-on assists or to not be touched.
  • We offer classes at varying levels of physical challenge (Level 1, Level 1-2, Level 2, Level 2-3, and Meditation)
  • Whether brand new to yoga or an experienced practitioner, we encourage prop use to support your alignment
  • Students with injuries or other conditions are empowered to take extra care of themselves and modify their practice as needed
  • Suggestions are provided to adapt postures and sequences for different needs
  • If you have a preference for pronoun use please let the teacher know
  • If finances are a concern, check out our occasional donation-only classes for charitable causes

Although we currently are not offering hands-on assists due to COVID-19, we hope to do so again some day! At Yoga Lab we value hands-on assisting to help promote safety in alignment, bring awareness to muscular engagement, aid in proprioception, and support balance.

We believe that everyone has the right to not be touched if they don’t want to be, and we recognize that preference may change from day to day or even in the middle of a class. We have flip-chips as a way to help empower you to decide if you want hands-on assists or if you prefer to be left in peace, and to communicate that preference easily to the teacher. Please place a chip next to your mat and flip it as you see fit!

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

  • Creative celebrations like making prayer flags for the New Year
  • Yoga Lab Run Club
  • Donation-only classes for charitable causes
  • Optional Vegan Lunch provided after 12-1pm classes – feel free to stay and eat with your Yoga Labmates!
  • 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!


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
  • Vegan lunches provided by Webster’s Cafe (no straws, reusable silverware available at the studio)
  • Assist Flip-Chips made of 100% natural rubber, a renewable resource
  • 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:

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!

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