I was never an athletic or coordinated kid. I loved to read and climb trees, but my attempts to play organized sports (few and sad though they were) left me feeling confused and uncoordinated. What seemed to be natural and effortless for others just didn’t come easy for me at all. I figured movement just wasn’t something that I was made for.
That seemed okay to me, because my personality has always been introverted, introspective and a little bit outside the box. Of course, these tendencies also meant that I have a predisposition toward codependency, anxiety and depression. By the time I was 18, I’d been hospitalized for suicidal tendencies and was an expert on the pharmacopeia of anti-depressants. For the next 10 years, I tried all kinds of therapy and medication, but mostly, I was resigned to be the kind of person who would just always be unhappy.
It’s not exaggerating at all to tell you that yoga changed my life.
When I left my first yoga class, I was overwhelmed with a feeling of well-being and hope. Learning to experience life inside my body after being so completely disconnected from it gave me a new way of feeling and dealing with my mental and emotional experience. Yoga led to meditation, which has given me the tools and capacity to handle the ups and downs of life. Becoming overzealous in my yoga practice led me to find other modalities to balance, strengthen and stabilize the mobility that comes naturally to me (and which made coordination a real challenge as a kid).
Today, I am a very athletic and coordinated adult, and even more importantly, I am a happy human being. I love to leverage my body’s strength and mobility to move in all kinds of ways. I’ve learned to use my innate resources– mental, physical, and emotional– to cope with the challenges that arise in all areas of my life.
Honestly, the best part is that I have learned so much through my own struggles that I understand what it feels like to be on the other side. I understand that there wasn’t anything wrong with me. but that I needed the right person to hold space for me so I could learn and grow at my own pace. As a yoga teacher and coach, I focus on inclusivity, accessibility, and trauma-informed teaching because that’s what I needed, and it wasn’t always available.
A little bit about my training: I’m an E-RYT500 and CPT with over 4,000 hours of teaching experience. I’m also a Functional Range Conditioning mobility specialist, a certified Curvy Yoga teacher and a community partner with the Yoga and Body Image Coalition. I’ve completed Movement for Trauma Level 1 with Jane Clapp in addition to programs with Hala Khouri and the TCTSY.
My meditation teacher is Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, and I bring the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism to my classes. I am committed to continuing education and critical thinking about modern postural yoga practice and the social justice issues inherent in contemporary wellness culture. I believe that we need to care for ourselves but that it is also our work to create a culture of loving-kindness and compassion that expands from within to generate ethical action and liberation for all beings.
Laura is a wonderful, knowledgeable and experienced Yogi. She has worked to address my weaknesses and enhance my strengths in a way that strikes a careful balance between movement and strengthening technique so as not to cause damage or injury. I believe yoga has changed my life.ron, private client, 2018-2020
It’s almost immediately obvious that she has an expert understanding of yoga and body connections. She combines this technical knowledge with a pleasant teaching demeanor and a very intuitive sense of what her student needs.bob, private client, 2019
She is so knowledgeable about anatomy and range of motion in the various yoga poses. She offers several ways to do the postures so they are accessible for all body types and levels of ability. Laura is a strong proponent of body positivity and she welcomes and celebrates everybody.wk, private client & group student, 2018-2020