Lauren started her journey into yoga in high school, when her aunt gave her a mat and a yoga video, thinking it would compliment her background in dance and movement. She dabbled with a home practice through the years, but nothing ever really stuck. As she was going through some life changes, Lauren was drawn into a studio to practice while looking for something more, something different. From that first studio practice, she was hooked hard and fast.
As her practice intensified, Lauren felt a strong calling to share her love of yoga with others. She completed her 200 hour training at Om On Yoga in 2014 in her home base of Richmond, Virginia. She completed her Rocket Vinyasa teacher training at Asta Yoga in San Francisco in February 2015 under the guidance of Steve Pyka and Rene Henley. Lauren’s main goals for her students are for them to be able to come practice without judgement or expectation, to reconnect, and have fun (probably including a couple of laughs) while practicing. As co-owner of The Yoga Dojo in Richmond, VA, and a community ally for the Yoga and Body Image Coalition, she enjoys spreading positive light and awareness throughout the community.
An avid Rocket yogi, Lauren loves to get inverted, feeling that the playfulness and change in perspective translates across the board in life. She does love a good yin or restorative practice though, as she feels it keeps her from getting out of balance, and helps with flexibility. She developed a signature Rocket and Restorative class based on her own practice that allows students to challenge themselves both physically and mentally through a briskly paced Rocket Vinyasa standing series, followed by meditative, relaxing postures. When she isn’t on her mat, Lauren enjoys traveling, watching ice hockey, hanging out at the beach, and spending time with her family, friends, and boxer dog, Gunner.