LauraLynn Jansen


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    The Student

    Life offers the chance to be a student every day. Yesterday the role as student was extremely evident for me as I pointed a stand up paddleboard toward the wavy waters of the Hawaiian Pacific Ocean.   In the follow (student) position, each paddle brings me closer to the rising walls of water. My teacher […]

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    Turtle Power

    There is a slow, peaceful creature captivating me even more than before I started paddling four years ago. I first spied her one of my first paddles on the Gulf of Mexico. I took a break from my paddle and did a floating session asana. First just her head peered out to catch a breath, […]

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    Mr. B.K.S. Iyengar

    I awoke the morning after his death with my vision for my first hours of the day. Most immediate to go for a goal paddle of 7 miles. Fortunately, I choose to pick up my phone and scroll my FaceBook news feed as I munched on my pre-paddle snack. A post of Mr. B.K.S. Iyengar’s […]

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    Seeking a Yogic Lifestyle in the Modern World

    Fog lifts off the “Up North” lake revealing my aunt Janice sitting cross-legged at the end of the dock. Her long blonde hair lays on her relaxed shoulders, as her head rests perfectly on top of her completely upright body.  I register not a single movement of her silent body as only my toes attempt […]

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    Bees, Butterflies and our Bodies

    The analogy of a canary in a coalmine still resonates with me regarding my experience with cancer.  Over the last thirty years, a progression of the damages of lifestyle choices by individuals coupled with the allowance of big money makers having their way with our environment and our food supply continue to make us all […]

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    Keeper of all secrets and guardian of all fears.   Hodge entered my life across a chasm of sterile white sheets rumpled from a restless night of pain, angst and confusion.     His slightly smiling face of soft fuzz arrived into my life just as I was given a potential death sentence at the […]

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  • Lumineria: HOPE


    This is a rough transcript of my words spoken at the Panama City Relay for Life   Over 20 years ago I went to my first memorial type ceremony, similar in intention to this luminary ceremony. At the time I was deeply moved since it was only a couple years out from my own diagnosis […]

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    How do I Pick Quality (teachers)? [Part II]

    The studio I co-own , Yoga Elements, is in a vacation/extended holiday area where almost fifty percent of our clientele is from somewhere else. Often we have folks coming to our studio who are trying yoga for the first time, and when they are ready to head back to their homeland I am asked, “How […]

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    How do I Pick Quality? (Part I)

    I am often asked, as an Integrative Health Coach and a cancer survivor, how I make personal choices for my body. It has been a journey of over two and a half decades to make these discernments for myself. One thing I’ve discovered about myself is I have only a couple steadfast rules. And these […]

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    Deaf to My Dharma

    “Knowing your true calling in life is a luxury,” someone once said to me, “and forget about living it, if you do know it. I’m too busy just trying to survive.” This skeptic of living one’s passion and I were having a conversation about my work as an Integrative Health Coach (IHC). IHC is a […]

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