Laurie’s unique, personalized, one to one approach combines a range of yoga therapy tools and mindful practices that promote optimal health, well-being, and relaxation in both adults and teens. Every mindful yoga therapy session starts with her belief that each person is innately whole, not broken and interconnected with all of life. This takes place in a non-judgmental environment of safety, compassion, and trust.
Early in her studies, she recognized that yoga is much more than simply moving through postures and breathing. While concurrently exploring mindfulness meditation, Laurie discovered that the combination of moving and breathing with mindful awareness helped to reduce her own physical pain and respond to life’s challenges with more ease and self-compassion.
Whether clients are dealing with pain, stiffness, disease, physical disability, stress, or simply feel disconnected, personalized yoga therapy is an integrative practice that complements other healing modalities. Laurie addresses each individual’s specific symptoms with a custom mix of movement, breathing, yoga philosophy/lifestyle, meditation, and mindfulness, carefully measuring and monitoring her clients’ current status, changes, and progress by using several different metrics from one session to the next. As a practitioner, she deeply listens and observes while guiding clients toward their own mindful self-awareness, inner wisdom, and healing.
Laurie's desire is to remain true to the essence of Yoga that is mindful self awareness. To be mindful is inherently rooted in yoga philosophy. For example, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra 1.2: “Yogas Citta Vrtti Nirodhah” essentially means that when we realize the fluctuations in the mind or mind chatter as something we can observe, there is a natural cessation or calming in the mind. This calm leads to insight and stress reduction and is a huge factor in healing over time.
One of the methods she has found to be powerfully transformational is iRest Yoga Nidra, a system of guided mindfulness that results in deep restoration of the senses, physical, emotional, and mental balance and equanimity for her clients. Laurie also leads Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T) small group programs regularly, to give adolescents healthy life management tools for life situations such as social challenges, test/college prep anxiety, and sports performance stress. She has worked with teens for five years as faculty at Fusion Academy, a private high school.
Laurie was certified as a Yoga Therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapy (IAYT) after graduating from the Yoga Therapy RX program at Loyola Marymount University in August 2014. This included an internship at the Simms/Mann Venice Family Clinic working with chronic pain patients. She earned her iRest Yoga Nidra facilitator certification from the Integrative Restoration Institute in 2017, and obtained her MBSR-T certification by the program creator, Gina M. Biegel, LMFT, in 2015.
Laurie’s passion to share life-changing yogic wisdom and mindfulness arises from a deep desire to bring peace and healing to her community. She volunteers as a yoga therapist at the Simms/Mann Venice Family Clinic, offers free group meditation at Cerritos College, mentors LMU yoga therapy interns, serves as a City Leader for the non-profit organization Sidewalk Talk, and is a member of the Beach Cities Health District Student Mental Health Task Force.