strength, movement & mindfulness to power a more joyful life
I offer accessible, trauma-informed movement, mindfulness & embodiment practices that are designed to alleviate the symptoms of stress, anxiety & depression. Each client gets a practice tailored to them: mobility, strength, restorative, or whatever is needed for physical, mental & nervous system support.
These practices are designed to be affirming for those who feel they are not welcome or comfortable in traditional “fitness” spaces: fat, trans, queer, & people with disabilities, among others!
one-on-one mindful movement sessions
Living in a state of chronic stress, anxiety or overwhelm can leave us feeling drained and powerless. I teach folks to leverage their own body and mind to complete ongoing stress cycles, while strengthening the structures of support that carry us with dignity through the world. My clients also learn practical, immediate mind-body techniques to handle the challenges of our lives, so you can get your feet under you more firmly again. I offer private sessions online (or in person with safe social distancing measures) in a truly judgment-free zone that honors your unique needs. Click here to read more & schedule a session.
nervous system support
Stress, anxiety & emotional overwhelm take a toll on our bodies. Through movement, you can create space to breathe better, find your “lost” energy, get out of your worrying mind and even sleep better. It is a creative, fun, and effective way to learn resources to support your system so that you can better manage the natural turbulence in your life. Click here to read more & schedule a session.
I was not an athletic kid. I loved to read and climb trees, but my attempts to play sports left me feeling confused and uncoordinated. My first yoga class overwhelmed me with feelings of well-being and hope. Today, I’m a very athletic and coordinated adult and, more importantly, a happy human being. Read more.
online studio classes
Practice with me online (one week free trial!) with my growing library of functional movement, meditation, gada flow, slow flow, mindful vinyasa, chair, gentle, and yinrestorative classes. You’re encouraged to pay what you can by choosing the Base Rate ($10/month), Supporter Rate ($20/month), or Patron Rate ($30/month). I want these practices to be accessible. Paying more if you’re able helps me to maintain my business and community, and to offer equity pricing to those who couldn’t otherwise afford to practice.
For anyone thinking about doing a private session with Laura, I strongly (pun intended) recommend it. I have been doing a weekly session and it’s been great. We do a combination of yoga, with and without the steel mace, plus some elements of Kinstretch. Laura tailors the practice to my needs each week. I feel safe since it’s just the two of us in the studio with plenty of room for proper distancing. Having the chance for in-person interaction is also very therapeutic. It has been one of the highlights of my week, and is helping me to cope in this Covid world.
One of the gifts that has come from this Covid year has been the opportunity to work with you 1 to 1. Every time we meet you ask how I’m feeling (and get way too much information) then you mindfully begin asking me to move with the body I’ve got. You always surprise me with your knowledge and attention to the issues I’m working with, all the while making exercise playful and fun …not at all the routine I’m used to. I leave our time together feeling stronger and more grounded than when I arrived. This feeling stays with me for days.
“In Laura Wenger I have found the perfect combination of creativity, compassion, acceptance and encouragement. She has helped me to create a 61 year old body that can move and stretch in ways never imagined.”
“Laura’s skills working with people, tailoring lessons to individuals and individual circumstances are exceptional. She is knowledgeable, creative, well prepared, and very reliable in all of my experiences with her. I recommend her without reservation and a great deal of enthusiasm.”
“Laura is the most natural yoga instructor I have had the pleasure of experiencing. Her comfort and warmth comes through in each class. Her ability to show each student individual and personal attention with ease is a gift. You leave the class feeling great all over and look forward to the next experience.”
“Laura is one of the best yoga teachers I have had the pleasure of attending class with. Class with her is never dull or repetitive. She gives options for every level practitioner so you never feel left out. Not to mention throwing exciting, fun new poses out there to try while giving awesome cues to help you get into something you thought was impossible.”
“Laura is an AMAZING teacher. I recommend her 3 or 4 times a week to friends and people I meet! She always makes everyone feel welcome and comfortable. I have been fortunate to work with her one-on-one in a private class and I am a regular at her Vinyasa classes. Since I started working with Laura my practice has gone to an entirely new level. She has shown me that I have the tools to build up to stronger poses and greater flexibility. I never would have believed I could do the things I am now able to do! Words can’t explain what yoga has done for my life in the past year. Laura has been an important part of the experience.”
“Laura took an enthusiastically hopeful, fearfully apprehensive, dreadfully insecure yoga newbie-wanna-be practitioner and turned her into a confident, excited, heart-honoring, yes, I’ll try that pose that used to terrify me kind of yogi! Her teaching style is enthusiastic and gentle, compassionate and energetic, respectful and light-hearted, professional and humble…all accompanied by a fabulous soundtrack. One private class with Laura gave me that yoga “ah-ha!” I was searching for. Now I take as many of her classes as I can, and I recommend her to as many people as I can get to listen to me!”
Laura’s soothing voice and loving, calm demeanor will help bring zen to the most stressed out among us. Her informed alignment cues and modifications for every body type will help you make intelligent choices in your practice to leave you feeling a million times better when you step off your mat. She is the perfect example of a teacher that lives her yoga both on and off the mat and will inspire you to follow her lead in yoga and in life.