More About Laura

 

I was introduced to yoga when I enrolled in an elective college class. 

Naps and stretching for college credit? Yes, please!

I obviously knew absolutely nothing about yoga. 

I never felt fit or flexible so I thought that I didn’t belong.  

Yoga was reintroduced to me years later when I started distance running. This time I used it as a way to work out when I needed a rest from running. Once again my tight, inflexible body made me feel unwelcome and unworthy. I had no idea what the Sanskrit or English asana (pose) names meant. I felt like a fool and spent most of my time gawking around the room to see what others were doing. I copied their movements, gasped for air, struggled through each shape and left each class defeated. 

I figured that yoga just wasn’t meant for a body like mine. I walked away again. 

Several years later I found slower, gentler classes that comforted my tight, inflexible body. I found that these practices helped calm my stressed out mind as a physician assistant. I learned how to make yoga fit me instead of trying to force myself into fitness-based classes that didn’t serve me and made me feel unworthy. 

I committed to a more regular personal practice and decided to become an RYT 200 (registered yoga teacher, 200 hour course) so that I could share my journey and knowledge. I also completed a mindfulness and meditation teacher training and deep study program. 

I found that these practices helped my mobility, balance and physical well being, and they have given me power over my own anxiety and stress.  

Life is hard. We need to take the time to care for ourselves and reset our nervous system. We deserve it.

There is so much to the practice of yoga and I continue to add to my knowledge every day. I teach in a way that honors the roots of this practice. Props and variations do not equal weakness. Yoga is more than the asana and is available to everyone. 

Join me and surprise yourself.

You are amazing.