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Larry Payne
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BIOGRAPHY: Larry Payne

Larry Payne, Ph.D., C-IAYT, E-RYT500,YTRX-1000, is an internationally respected Yoga teacher and back specialist. He is a founding father of Yoga Therapy in America. The L.A. Times named him “One of America’s most respected Yoga teachers”.

Larry is founding president of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and that now exists in 50 countries. He is also founder of the Corporate Yoga program at the J. Paul Getty Museum; the first Yoga teacher to offer Yoga classes at the World Economic Forum; co-founder of the yoga curriculum at UCLA’s School of Medicine; the founding director of the new Yoga Therapy Rx and Prime of Life Yoga programs at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles; and creator of the original “Back Program” at the world famous Rancho La Puerta Fitness Spa.

In 1979 Larry was an advertising executive plagued with chronic back pain and stress. His quest for relief led him to study Yoga and health in eleven countries and inspired his career change upon certification in India. Indeed, in 1996 he performed the first documented headstand at the North Pole!

In 1980, Larry founded the Samata International Yoga and Health Center in Marina del Rey California where he continues to teach groups and individuals. He was the U.S. representative to the first World Congress of Yoga in Montevideo, Uruguay, and has received Outstanding Achievement Awards for Yoga in Europe and the United States, and the Golden Lotus Award from South America. In 2000 he was the first Yoga teacher to be invited to The World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland, becoming there a panelist and yoga instructor.

Larry Is author and co-author of 8 books including Yoga for Dummies (4 editions in 12 languages), Basic Postures and Series for Dummies, Yoga All in One for Dummies, Yoga After 50 for Dummies, Chair Yoga for Dummies, The Business of Teaching Yoga, Yoga Rx, and Yoga Therapy and Integrative Medicine. Most recently he is working on his seminal publication “Autobiography of an American Yogi” with Don Henry.

Larry has been a frequent guest on national television and syndicated radio programs. His work has been featured in numerous national and international magazines, as well as in The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. Most recently he is featured in six new DVDs as part of the Yoga Therapy Rx series. Larry resides in Los Angeles, California and has a thriving practice in Marina del Rey and Malibu. In addition to speaking engagements and workshops, he leads Yoga and health seminars worldwide.

Larry was most recently awarded the prestigious Life Time Achievement Award for Yoga and the title “Yoga Thiligam&rdquo' by Dr. Ananada Balayogi Bhavanani of Ananda Ashram in Pondicherry India. His website is

List of Larry’s Sessions


Yoga for Mid Life and Beyond/Prime of Life Yoga®


[B] Breath and Energy Work


All Levels


1.5 hour(s)


According to the late TKV Desikachar and his father Professor T. Krishnamacharya  (BKS Iyengar’s teacher) Yoga was meant for 3 stages of life. Shikshana, Rakshana and Chikitsa.  Shikshana is the building stage I refer to as “Young and Restless” Rakshana is the midlife stage and Chikitsa the one on one stage or Yoga Therapy.

All though things are changing world wide, these stages have been quite different in India than in America. In India people often mary in the early 20’s and by 40’s or 50’s looking at retirement and focusing on the spiritual path. In America at 50 many people are on their 3rd marriage and new families. As a consequence 30,000 people went to emergency rooms over a 10 year period because they simply went to the wrong kind of Yoga Class.

In this class we will focus on the Mid life or Rakshana stage and incorporate
  1. A focus on the breath.
  2. Forgiving limbs
  3. Dynamic and static movement
  4. User friendly postures
  5. How to build your own routines

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