About

A picture of me in Hyde Park, London

Hyde Park, London 2010

YTT 200hr, fully insured, Yoga Alliance qualified.

I originally trained as a dancer, went on to study Psychology at University and ended up working in Marketing.  It was 2006 when I first discovered yoga, throwing myself in the deep end with Bikram at the Bikram Yoga studios. I was hooked and ended up getting a little obsessed, taking over 5 classes a week!! This then started my love affair and I went onto explore the other myriad of yoga styles out there! It was so nice to find something again after all my years of dance training, that allowed me to balance, re-focus and calm my body and mind. I now cant imagine my life without moments spent on a mat!

I completed my Yoga Teacher Training in Byron Bay, Australia in April 2011, studying yoga philosophy and ethics, meditation, breath work, anatomy and physiology, sequencing and postural alignment.  When I then settled in Darwin, I stumbled across a fab little yoga studio, Agoy Yoga, got chatting with the owner and she asked me to teach a trial class the following week and the rest they say is history. It turned out to be the most enlightening, inspirational, challenging experience any newly trained yoga teacher could want…

My style of yoga has developed into a dynamic flow through the traditional Ashtanga yoga asanas, with movement at its core. I believe movement to be the best way to explore and connect with the body, mind and soul. I have definitely learnt through yoga, that in life we all strive for a bit of balance, as we evolve and grow, so do our preferences. The beautiful thing with yoga is that it allows you to recognise and accept these changes. Each time you practise will be different from the last, but there has never been a time that I didn’t feel more wonderful at the end of a class than I did at the beginning! There are so many different styles of yoga… so find what works for you at this moment and go with it!

In Dec 2011 I went on to complete my Pre-natal and Post-natal Yoga Teacher Training with Bliss Baby. Yoga is a truly wonderful experience for a soon to be mother, with so many wonderful techniques to prepare for the birth of your baby and then to nourish, re-vitalize and energise as a new mum and the bubs can enjoy it too.

2013 bought around moving back to the UK with our little Baba Averyson, since named Noah. I took a bit of time off to re-focus, explore my new job as a mamma and discover my new needs from yoga and life , yoga teaches us to accept and embrace change and 2013 taught me that more than ever……

I then discovered the gorgeous Gooseberry Bush Centre in Wimbledon, sW19 and its cute little studios above the cafe and was lucky to start teaching there in September 2014. See my classes page for times.

Now the real journey continues…

5 Comments

  1. Farida
    Posted September 13, 2011 at 09:18 | Permalink

    Hi Laura

    By way of introduction, my name is Farida and I live in Singapore. I chanced upon your blog while I was looking up the Internet on teacher training experiences. I’ll be joining the TTC in October 2011 at the Byron Yoga Centre and was wondering if I could trouble you with some questions about your experience there? Would appreciate your views since you’ve been there done that and all :)

    Thank you for your time.

    Namaste
    Farida

    • laulovesyoga
      Posted September 13, 2011 at 09:50 | Permalink

      Hi Farida

      Yes most definitely, what questions did you have, happy to answer any? Ooh how exciting, bet you cant wait, Byron Bay is just so beautiful and you will love every minute at the Byron Yoga Centre!!

      Namaste
      Laura

  2. Farida
    Posted September 16, 2011 at 07:45 | Permalink

    Thanks so much. Hope you don’t mind me being nosy but could you share your thoughts on these:

    (1) Why did you choose this particular teacher training program?
    (2) What do you feel you learnt most from this program?
    (3) What would you recommend that anyone doing this program do before and during the program?

    I’m a bit anxious being away from home and going through such an intense schedule and would love to hear your views.

  3. laulovesyoga
    Posted October 9, 2011 at 08:38 | Permalink

    Hi Farida

    I did LOTS of internet research online for yoga courses, for about a year to decide. I wanted a holistic course, away from home and Byron seemed one of the best places.I wanted to get the best general knowledge and background in Yoga to start the journey as a teacher. I was really impressed by their website and credentials and liked the fact that it was an intensive too. I was worried that being an intensive that i wouldn’t learn enough and feel confident in such a short space of time, but the course was just so well put together to start you off really well. I would just say that, as i’m sure you already know with yoga, its an endless journey of learning and developing, so I have put 10 times more work in since leaving the course as i did whilst there, im learning everyday. They just start you off in a very clear concise way. I loved the variety on the course and the variety of different people too, it was quite full on but very life changing. I would just say that it is just the start of the process of becoming a teacher if that is what you want from it, after the 12 days you will be equipt to teach a beginners class. I found my confidence came later and I just developed my own style and teaching at an established school with a teacher as a mentor. I think it will leave you wanting to study more yoga and go on more courses, teaching and just developing as a yogi.

    I think the best thing you can do before the course is learning the sanksrit words for the level 1 asanas that they should send you a pre reading list of, learn them early, then you can just focus on the instruction instead of worrying about not knowing what all the postures are called. If you can start to do a bit of background reading on Ashtanga and Patanjali’s yoga sutras, just so you start to get a nice understanding for the course. They teach you everything you need there, but if you want to feel a little more confident then getting a bit of the above done will help with that.

    Don’t be anxious, I had just moved from the UK to Australia and then went on the course, feeling very unsure about my future plans and path and felt very homesick, but everybody there is in the same situation really and you form a great bond as a group.

    Please keep in touch, be fab to hear how you get on, my facebook is laulovesyoga.

    Let me know if you have any other questions

    Namaste

    Laura

  4. abdalla
    Posted September 6, 2012 at 06:00 | Permalink

    i love yoga too!

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