• March 14, 2016

    Exercise in Pregnancy and Postpartum PART 1

    My passion for helping women understand what happens in their bodies during pregnancy and postpartum started over a decade ago.  I was taking an “Exercise through Pregnancy” workshop in NYC with Debra Goodman MSPT, and I discovered I had a three-finger diastasis. I learned movement contraindications and the potential worst outcomes if you use your abdominals incorrectly during pregnancy and the first year postpartum. I was so afraid of making it worse that I avoided all abdominal work.  I would teach Pilates and show nothing… Read More »

  • March 7, 2016

    The BrainDance

    “Developed by Anne Green Gilbert, the BrainDance is a series of exercises that we use in all CDC (Creative Dance Center) classes. It is comprised of eight developmental movement patterns that healthy human beings naturally move through in the first year of life. As babies, we did these movements on our tummies, sides, and back on the floor. However, cycling through these patterns at any age, daily or weekly while sitting or standing, has been found to be beneficial in reorganizing our central nervous system… Read More »

  • March 1, 2016

    Why did I open a business?

    Why did I open my own business?
    This is a question that was asked of me many times when I first opened. I had a great answer. As a mover, I was feeling stifled at home not being able get on an exercise routine with small children. I was going to open a studio with quality childcare so others did not have this as a barrier to doing movement that they loved. Additionally, I felt a loss of independence that was indescribable as a mother of two small children… Read More »

  • October 28, 2014


    Food Diaries: How a Dancer and Mom of Two Eats for a Day
    Sara Lavan strives to create healthy meals that are still kid-friendly. Find out how she does it.

    Written by Tanya Pai | Published on October 28, 2014

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    Are you a local health, nutrition, or fitness expert with a love of food? Keep a food diary for us! E-mail tpai@washingtonian.com for details.
    Among all the wonderful things about children, an adventurous palate is unfortunately not always one of them… Read More »

  • July 18, 2014

    Fit Mama Friday – Meet Sara

    Fit Mama Friday – Meet Sara
    July 18, 2014 by Carly Pizzani

    Sara Lavan, today’s Fit Mama Friday, was nominated by a friend for the series. Not only is Sara a total fit mama, she even opened her own fitness center in Alexandria, VA – Local Motion Studio – catered towards nurturing fit families. Mama to two boys, Jasper, aged 9, and Dakota, aged 6, Sara has a dance background, is a Pilates instructor at her studio, and is completely comfortable in her own skin. 
    Meet Sara… Read More »

  • February 4, 2013

    Interview with Laura Bierderman – Local Flavor Series

    Local Flavor Series: My Inaugural Edition!
    February 4, 2013 by Laura

    Hello All.  I know, my blog post and monthly update is late.  That’s what I get for going away for a weekend and then coming back to put two homes on the market the next day!  Something’s gotta give, right?
    Anyway.  One of the ways I’d like to use this blog is to take some time to highlight and interview different people I have met who share our little corner of the world… Read More »

  • October 19, 2012

    Local Motion Studio Opens With a Mission to Share the Joy of Dance

    Local Motion Studio Opens With a Mission to Share the Joy of Dance
    New Dove St. studio also offers childcare and classes for children as well as adults.
    By Sharon McLoone (Patch Staff) – Updated Jan 19, 2012 12:36 pm ET

    Sara Lavan is a dancer who seeks to share the joy of dance with all ages.
    She recently opened Local Motion, a studio offering yoga, Pilates and dance for children and adults seeking to stretch their bodies and their minds… Read More »

  • April 13, 2012

    Body in Balance – Local Motion Studio

    Posted on April 13, 2012 by Ann Bartlett

    I believe that businesses, like BIBC, should embrace and support the best local businesses we know.  In this series, I’d like to share some of my “go to” experts.
    A few years ago, Sara Lavan popped into my office to ask about teaching Pilates mat classes at BIBC.  From our initial meeting, I loved Sara’s knowledge of the mechanics of the body and her passion for teaching… Read More »

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