“It’s all Yoga,” LauraLynn often reminds folks. Whether refining mechanics of the body in an āsana (posture), guiding meditative practice, or prompting insights of the heart and soul, her lifelong inquiry into Yoga endows her with a vast perspective into this ancient exploration of Self.
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Three decades ago LauraLynn discovered Yoga, which has been an intricate part of her life ever since. Initially she practiced meditation with a bit of asana to cope with cancer diagnosis at the age of twenty. LauraLynn began without the label of Yoga as she read books about a variety of mind-centering practices and the teachings of ancient masters. After almost a decade of study through books, she took her first asana class. This was a time before the worldwide web, so unless you lived in one of the few places with Yoga teachers, self-study was the only option.
Upon moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in the early ‘90s, LauraLynn began to attend Ashtangaand Iyengar classes taught by a variety of teachers.
A serendipitous trip to India in 1999 presented LauraLynn with the chance to obtain a Yoga teaching certification. Her decision to go for it led to living on an ashram in the jungles of south India. It was the beginning of LauraLynn’s path as a teacher of these practices born thousands and thousands of years ago. Her memoir, Inspired to Live, shares the full story of this journey.
Upon return to the U.S. she shared asana and meditative practices with cancer patients in active treatment, at-risk youth, military members, and individuals recovering from a wide range of injuries.
The traditional roots of Yoga remain important to her, especially as this ancient knowledge is being dispersed into the modern world at a rapid pace. Her observation of this evolution prompted her, in 2014, to form theYoke. Its’ mission is to provide offerings to invoke a sense of unity and sustainability through a Yogic self-leadership lens.
Whether sharing āsana (physical posture), nāda (sound), or other Yoga components from a mat, silk hammock (in the air), in or on top of the water (standup paddleboard) her aim is to carry forward the relevance and essentialness of this ancient wisdom into today’s modern settings.
LauraLynn obtained her initial Yogāsana teacher certification in 1999 while in India. Over the years since she has studied the many variations of Yoga (āsana to meditation) with a variety of teachers. She acquired an additional 200 hour certification in nāda Yoga in 2018 on a return to trip to India. Nāda Yoga encompasses an understanding of Sanskrit, mantra and sound practices upon the somatic and emotional aspects of self. She obtained a 300 hour certification in 2019 deepening her knowledge of assisting students in accessing āsana, and Tantra-based meditation and philosophy. Teachers from across the globe are part of LauraLynn’s path: Janet Stone, Desiree Rumbagh, Anandra George, Stephanie Keiko-Kong, Amy Ippoliti, Christopher Wallis and many more.
She continually remains engaged in learning and has been a member of the Yoga Alliance (a national credential and registry association of Yoga professionals) since its inception.