private sessions with laura

one-on-one attention tailored to your needs in a safe, comfortable environment

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 studio is a body neutral environment.

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.

Strength, flexibility, movement… not sure exactly what you need?

As a yoga/meditation teacher, 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 fun and useful way.

For most clients, a typical session blends strength and mobility training, traditional and contemporary yoga techniques, and nervous system support. Sometimes we might spend a little more time working on strength and stability; other days we may be creating more range of motion and space in a tricky joint.

If you’d like to read more about mobility training, scroll down!

As we work together, many clients find that they are better able to “read” their bodies to see what they need on any given day!

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 anxiety, overwhelm, or traumatic stress?

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

When you’re feeling stuck in anxiety, depression or stress, it can seem like things have always been this way and nothing will ever change. Thankfully, that’s not true– and feeling better is often 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 “Movement for Trauma” 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 am available for private lessons online or in my studio space at 593 SE Central Parkway, Stuart FL. Read more about me here.


movement for trauma

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

Ongoing pain, anxiety, traumatic stress, depression?

As a survivor of all of these, I teach practices (using breath, body and mind) to help recover our innate wholeness, working with the overwhelm associated with experiences related to trauma, stress and anxiety. 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: Trauma, stress, and anxiety live in our bodies...

Some of the effects might look like:

  • Feeling unsafe
  • Difficulty trusting or connecting with other people
  • Hyper-vigilance— feeling “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. 

Movement For Trauma 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 and capacity. 
  • Techniques for greater self-wisdom and resilience so that you can handle life’s challenges. 

Each training session is an opportunity to play and learn with movement, yoga, and breathing techniques. Sessions are tailored to you and your physical and emotional state. We might play with balance or balls, incorporate strength training, 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. Together, we create a space that allows for a settling from the dysregulation associated with experiences related to trauma, stress and anxiety.

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A few important notes about this kind of work: We live in an oppressive system that prioritizes the needs of some bodies over others. For marginalized folks, simply walking around in the world can be re-traumatizing. We need to remember 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. 

The methods I teach are not a replacement for licensed mental health care, but 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.

movement for mobility

Why mobility training?

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Mobility: the amount of usable motion that one possesses across a particular articulation (joint). The more mobile a person is, the more they can maximize their movement potential safely, efficiently, and effectively.
  • You keep injuring yourself in your current workout program. 
  • You’re tired of waking up with aches and pains. 
  • You can’t seem to get yourself to the next level in your sport. 
  • Your shoulders (hips, knees, ankles) don’t move as well as they used to. 
  • You finished physical therapy, but you’d like more help getting your body moving better again.

read more: Mobility training for longevity, health & performance
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The system that I use for myself and my clients is used by professional athletes, weekend warriors, and desk jockeys all over the world to alleviate all of these issues and more.

The trick to improving joint health and maintaining a pain free body is in our ability to have active control over the positions we move through. You don’t need to be the most flexible person in the world, but active control over movement along with daily mobility training for joint health can help keep you healthier than you ever imagined.

Healthy joint range of motion is the baseline for all human movement. Over time, our modern lifestyles lead to a loss of mobility— even with regular exercise, training or yoga.

When we lose the ability to move well from one joint, then some other part of your body has to pick up the slack. This means that you’re now moving in a less-than-optimal pattern, putting more wear and tear on joints that aren’t designed for that purpose. 

Developed by world-renowned musculoskeletal, and human movement expert Dr. Andreo Spina, Functional Range Conditioning (FRC®), is a system of joint health and mobility training based in scientific principles and research. I use this system myself because it’s what works to keep my body healthy and pain-free to do the activities that I love.

As a certified Functional Range Conditioning Movement and Assessment Specialist, I begin with a thorough assessment of your current range of motion. Then, clients learn how to work at their own pace in a safe, evidence-backed, effective way to restore healthy movement. In addition to time spent training with me, each client receives their own program to follow at home. 

Mobility training can be done in conjunction with your current training program or it may become a training program on its own. You might want to schedule regular training sessions, or you may just need to check in every six months, doing your own work at home. 

FAQ

What do we do during sessions?

I am a mobility coach, personal trainer, and yoga and meditation teacher. My work blends all of these in order to support each individual’s needs. Rather than prescribe a set routine or choreographed sequence, I work with each individual to offer them support for what their body needs in the moment.

I also offer guidance for home practice and teach techniques to support your body, mind and nervous system for on-the-spot relief outside of the studio.

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, or you can purchase a pack of 5 for $450. Purchased sessions must be used within 12 months.

For mobility training, your initial assessment session lasts between 90-120 minutes and costs $150. Follow-up sessions are 60 minutes and cost $100. 

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. 
I wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Whether you choose to wear a mask or not is up to you. 

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).

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

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