private sessions with laura

one-on-one attention tailored to your needs, at your pace, on your terms.

Private lessons are an opportunity to be seen, heard, and understood in a way group classes can’t offer.

Have you felt uncomfortable in group classes or a gym setting, or felt like the instructor or trainer wasn’t willing to accommodate your body (or didn’t know what to do with it)?

(I have!) I’ve invested years in training in yoga and movement for those of us who don’t fit in the norm. My work is tailored to the individual and is 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!

Group classes can be great, but they aren’t able to take into account your individual needs and how to work with them. And for many of us, a group class simply doesn’t allow us to show up in a full and authentic way. Each of us deserves a wellness space where we can be treated with respect, allowed to be vulnerable, express ourselves authentically, and be free of judgment or rules about how we “should” look, feel or learn.

I am here to support you. I have no expectations about what your body looks like, your social identification, how your mind works, or your physical abilities. I don’t need you to be “good” at anything (whatever that means), and it’s okay if it takes you a while to feel comfortable or learn something new. There is no agenda, goal or timeline other than the ones that we create together, and I am open to your feedback about what works best.

Stress relief, strength, flexibility, movement… not sure exactly what you need?

As a yoga/meditation teacher, strength/mobility coach, and personal trainer, my training style reflects this intersection to create a supportive structure for each client’s optimal well-being.

I work with each client to help them decide what their priorities are and how we can spend our time together in a comfortable, fun and useful way as they learn to respond to their body’s needs.

For most clients, a typical session blends movement, strength and mobility training, traditional and contemporary yoga techniques, and nervous system support. Some days, your body may need more movement or strength; other days are all about rest and settling the nervous system. One of the underpinnings of my work is to help clients learn to “read” their own body so that they can better resource themselves.

Feel like “exercise” is boring, stressful, or just not for you… but that you still should be doing it?

*raises hand*– this was me for most of my life! I had no idea that moving my body could be a fun thing to do. I hated gym class, and the idea of attending a group class felt super stressful.

For some of us, it takes an environment that allows for experimentation, honesty (it’s okay to tell me you don’t like something– there are plenty of other things to do!), and a pace that gives time to learn and experience movement in a fun way.

It’s okay if your body jiggles, or you can’t catch a ball, or you’re “uncoordinated,” or you can’t balance. If you decide to work with me, you can learn to move well in lots of different ways; you can feel more confident in your skin; you can find strength, grace, and even balance. You can learn to experience your body in a joyful way that makes movement feel fun (you’re going to love the endorphins)!

I promise it’s possible.

And that natural feeling of well-being and joy can change your life!

Dealing with overwhelm, anxiety, stress or chronic pain?

I have a first-hand experience (and lots of training) in how anxiety, traumatic stress, overwhelm and depression can affect the body.

When you’re feeling stuck in these states, it can seem like things have always been this way and nothing will ever change. Thankfully, that’s not true– and feeling better is sometimes much simpler than it seems.

There are many ways that we can work with your body for quick relief. More importantly, we can teach the body to create healthy internal structure and mental patterns to support you going forward.

Scroll down to the “Nervous System Support” section to read more.

“It’s exactly what’s been missing from my life. You’ve made me realize how strong I still am despite chronic pain and depression and being told that I’m weak.”

-Ann, client

I have availability for private lessons online or in my studio space at 593 SE Central Parkway, Stuart FL. Read more about me here.


nervous system support

“There is deep wisdom within our very flesh, if we can only come to our senses and feel it.” -Elizabeth A Behnke 

you deserve to feel good in your body.

I teach movement and somatic practices (using breath, body and mind) to help clients recover their innate wholeness, working with the overwhelm associated with experiences related to nervous system dysregulation We all deserve to thrive, and to feel strong, durable, and able to react well to the circumstances of our lives. Learning to leverage our own nervous system response to feel better in our bodies is a wonderful gift.

learn more: Overwhelming stress, anxiety & depression take a toll on the body.

Some of the effects might look like:

  • Ongoing pain
  • Feeling unsafe
  • Difficulty trusting or connecting with other people
  • Hypervigilance— feeling jumpy or “on guard” all the time
  • Difficulty sitting still
  • Nervous/anxious energy
  • Disrupted sleep patterns or insomnia
  • Feeling “raw,” sensitive, or emotional 
  • Lethargy or dullness
  • Difficulty breathing well
  • Repetitive thought patterns
  • Feeling helpless or powerless 
  • Inability to pay attention 

There is nothing wrong with you.

Our bodies are designed to help us to adapt to our changing environment, and all of these (and more) are completely normal physiological responses to being alive in a challenging world. You are an incredibly powerful, resilient human being. 
Even better: you can learn to work with your unique body to help recover your sense of well-being. 

This approach teaches: 

  • A sense of wholeness, integration and vitality
  • Self-confidence as you recognize your own strength, power and embodied boundaries
  • An understanding of your body’s functions to facilitate well-being
  • Increased ability to handle activating states while remaining in your window of capacity
  • Techniques for greater embodiment and durability so that you can handle life’s challenges

Each training session is an opportunity to play and learn with movement, somatic skills, and breathing techniques. Sessions are tailored to you and your physical and emotional state. We might play with Indian clubs, explore balance or dance, or spend some time on the yoga mat. As a trauma-informed yoga teacher, personal trainer, and coach, my job is to help you to tap into your body’s resources through movement.

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A few important notes about this kind of work: While I have completed extensive training in trauma-informed movement practices, I want to acknowledge that as a white-bodied, cisgendered, able-bodied person, I do not have the lived experience of being oppressed by systemic racism or structural oppression, and I continue to benefit from the privilege of this social position. A portion of the proceeds from my work is given to support the work of BIPOC folks who are doing work to dismantle oppressive systems.

Further, we need to name that it may not be possible to thrive or heal in a system that is sick. We can, however, validate our own experiences, recognize the effects of the system, and find ways to mitigate those effects by working with ourselves. 

My services are not a replacement for licensed mental health care, but may work well in conjunction with them. Potential clients will be interviewed to determine that they are supported in their mental health care before training, and may be required to provide authorization from their current mental health care provider.


FAQ

What do we do during sessions?

As a mobility coach, trainer, and yoga and meditation teacher, I am able to blend techniques to create a practice tailored to you. We’ll work together to find the best way to support your body, mind and nervous system.

For most clients, a typical session blends movement, strength and mobility training, traditional and contemporary yoga techniques, and nervous system support. I use a variety of different tools, including Jenga blocks, a low balance beam, steel mace, Indian clubs, charcoal and paper for drawing, and soooo much more.

Some days, your body may need an outlet for movement, or to experience greater strength; other days are all about rest and settling the nervous system. One of the underpinnings of my work is to help clients learn to “read” their own body so that they can better resource themselves.

How long is a session? 

Each session is 60 minutes long. Our first session may take up to 75 minutes to complete intake forms and get to know each other. 

What does it cost?

Sessions are $110 per hour for one person. Semi-private sessions start at $150 and require a consultation beforehand to be sure I am able to support all participants’ needs.

Please note that appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be billed in full unless there is a medical emergency. Pre-purchased sessions must be used within 12 months.

I have a limited amount of sliding scale spaces available. Preference is given to BIPOC and LGBTQ2S, those living with disabilities, and those living with lower income. If these apply to you, please talk to me about how we can work together.

How often should we see each other, and for how long?

My work with clients is tailored to your individual needs. Some clients choose to schedule twice weekly, and others come weekly or bi-weekly. This type of work is most effective when done on a consistent basis over a length of time (2-3 months, for example) rather than 1 or 2 sessions. 

Where do we meet?

I see clients in my studio at 593 SE Central Parkway, Stuart FL, or online via Zoom. Please let me know if you prefer that I wear a mask during our sessions– I am fully vaccinated but am happy to add any extra protection that makes you feel safer.

Tell me about accessibility.

I have a limited amount of sliding scale spaces available. Preference is given to BIPOC and LGBTQ2S, those living with disabilities, and those living with lower income. If these apply to you, please talk to me about how we can work together.

The studio is wheelchair-friendly (with wheelchair-accessible parking directly in front). Please note that at this time the restroom is not wheelchair-friendly.

All practices are tailored to each individual in a collaborative format (so that each person can decide what works best for them).

Do I need special equipment?

If we’re working together virtually, there’s no need to purchase anything special (unless you want to)! We can use any existing equipment that you have lying around, or get creative with everyday objects.

If we’re working together in person, I have everything you need available to use– just bring yourself!

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