About Laura:

Laura’s journey into Yoga started in 2002 and typically focused on Asanas (the physical aspect of the practice). Seeking out a place to practice in each country that she lived in, from Thailand to Honduras, she began to develop an awareness and appreciation of the inner peace that Yoga ultimately brings to your life. 

In 2008 she travelled to India where she completed her first teacher training course  in the Sivananda ashram, in Kerala, where she would eventually stay for eight months-an experience that opened her to the study of scriptures, Kiran and Karma Yoga, as well as teaching Asana. 

Her belief that as teachers we must continually evolve and learn, once again led her to Mysore, India in 2009 and this was where, in June 2011, she completed her Ashtanga Yoga training with her teacher Ajay Kumar.  This included an in-depth study of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system as well as learning safe adjustment techniques for students at all levels of practice. She now returns yearly to continue her development as she practises and assists Ajay in his teacher trainings.


About the Practice:

The Ashtanga Vinyasa system was outlined by the Holy Sage Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras, and made clear in the eight steps of Ashtanga Yoga, Asana practice is just one element in the path to purification. The Vinyasa element refers to the coordination of movement with breath which creates a meditative like state during practice. The Asanas practised in the various series of the Ashtanga Yoga tradition involve this synchronisation of the breath with postures; these produce intense internal heat and a purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind. In class, the sequence is followed with special attention paid to Breath, Pose and Drishti, as well as subtle energy locks or Bandhas. In this system, multiple adjustments by the teacher also allow students to go further in their practice and gain deeper awareness. 


Giving Thanks:

I would like to thank my Guruji Ajay Kumar for sparking a light inside me, for sharing his knowledge with me year after year, for dispelling the doubt and the dark that I sometimes allow to creep in, and for granting me the possibility to spread the lineage further. 

To find out more about Ajay Kumar visit:

www.sthalam8.com 

I would also like to give sincere thanks to Stewart Gilchrist who I practice with in London, his knowledge abounds and I'm grateful for his presence.

To find out more about Stewart Gilchrist visit: 

www.eastlondonschoolofyoga.com