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Welcome Andrea!

Lacuna Loft is excited to continue introducing some guest bloggers!  These great folks represent a variety of perspectives on the myriad of topics covered here at Lacuna Loft.  Before everyone starts really getting into the nitty-gritty of all they have to say, we wanted to introduce them a bit.  Without further ado, here is Andrea!

Andrea Ridgard is a 500 Hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher, with a focus on Ayurveda as well as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor. She currently teaches yoga classes and private lessons Ann Arbor, where she is expanding her business to include Ayurevdic Diet & Lifestyle Consultations. Ayurveda is Traditional Indian Medicine. Studying it has led to Andrea initiating several diet and lifestyle changes that have helped her enhance her digestion, readily find calm and ease an anxious mind, and most importantly establish a real sense of self-love. To read more about Ayurveda, visit

At the beginning of her Yoga teaching career, before she knew anything about Ayurveda, Andrea also spent time cooking for Oncology patients in treatment, delivering warm, home-cooked meals for them and their loved ones. This was a beautiful and trying experience. The knowledge of Ayurveda would have thoroughly enhanced this work, and she is eager to share her insight and collaborate with others in exploring wellness daily for all of us, whether bearing a severe illness, caring for someone who is, or just trying to get through life feeling our whole, true, and healthy selves.

Before teaching yoga, Andrea graduated from the University of Michigan and worked with local grassroots non-profit organizations: The Young People’s Project, Inc. and Tilian Farmer Development Center to organize the community around their missions and create sustainable programming. She continues to be closely tied to this and other meaningful community work. When not practicing or teaching yoga, Andrea enjoys cooking with local ingredients, growing her own food, hiking with her husband and dog, and sharing food with friends and family. She also volunteers with The Agrarian Adventure.