Hi, I’m Laura– my pronouns are she and her. It’s great to meet you! 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 to do.
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.
I understand now that there was never 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, my focus is on creating an equitable relationship with each individual so they can reclaim their own sense of dignity, power, and wellbeing. I appreciate every body for its unique history and resilience and it is a privilege to work with each one.
A little bit about my training:
I’m an E-RYT500 and CPT with 5,000 hours of teaching experience. I’m also a Functional Range Conditioning mobility specialist (FRCMs) and a Functional Range Assessment Specialist (FRAs); a certified Curvy Yoga teacher and a community partner with the Yoga and Body Image Coalition. I’m certified as a level 1 kettlebell coach through Kettlebell Kings, and I’m also a level 1 Stick Mobility Coach. I have completed (and continue to explore) extensive training to be able to offer trauma-sensitive movement, and to design practices that are affirming, welcoming and accessible for a greater variety of bodies, minds and nervous systems.
I specialize in movement for trauma, stress, anxiety and depression, especially for those who do not feel welcome or safe in traditional wellness spaces. I offer resources to handle life’s challenges, while recognizing that individual practices can only go so far within cultural systems that are inherently harmful for many. As a white, cis-gendered, middle-class, able-bodied woman of small size, I continue to examine the ways in which I have benefited from white supremacist culture and to dismantle systems of oppression within myself.
I am indebted to Ilya Parker of Decolonizing Fitness for the work they’re doing to educate and promote affirming spaces and to replace toxic fitness culture. I’m committed to continuing education and critical thinking about the social justice issues inherent in contemporary wellness culture. Black, Indigienous and People of Color, trans and non-binary folks, queer people, super and inifinifat folks, and people with disabilities are disproportionately impacted by barriers to healthcare and wellness services due to systemic and institutionalized systems. A portion of my income goes to support Black Lives Matter and the work of marginalized voices in the wellness world. I also offer sliding-scale pricing for BIPOC and LGBTQ2S, those living with disabilities, and those living with lower income.
I practice Tibetan Buddhism under my teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, which is woven into my work. I love cooking and baking, reading (especially sci-fi and fantasy novels), spending time with my dogs, and getting outdoors as often as I can!
Laura is a wonderful, knowledgeable and experienced teacher. 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
let’s work together.
I wish to acknowledge the land on which I am operating and teaching. For thousands of years, it has been the traditional land of the Jaega and the Ais, and most recently, the Seminole. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many indigenous people from across Turtle Island. I am grateful to be working on this land.