Lauren first came to yoga looking for a good workout after starting a doctoral program in physics at UGA, where she was (and still is) constantly hovering over a desk. However, she walked off the mat with a lot more than she bargained for. Yoga has shown her how to draw strength from within throughout all the hardships, and blessings, that life has offered her since. It has shown her how to literally fall flat on her face and laugh instead of cry. Her goal is to facilitate this in others, to help others find strength in their bodies and souls in order to calm the mind. Maybe then we can all meet life with the same patience and acceptance as we see on the mat.
Lauren enjoys vinyasa style classes that break a sweat and offer new opportunities to connect with the body, whether it be in child’s pose or in handstand. She also loves all forms of arm balances. She completed her 200hr YTT at M3Yoga in March of 2019.
Where are you from? Atlanta area
How long have you lived in Athens? 5 years
What’s your passion? Astronomy and science writing. Inspiring people to look up to the sky a little more often and see what an astounding universe we are a part of. And yoga!
Favorite book(s)? The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Favorite movie? All the Star Wars movies. Except Episode 1, because everyone hates it and it is objectively bad.
Favorite restaurant? The National
Favorite place you’ve been? Iceland
When did you start practicing yoga and why?
Well, I took yoga as my phys-ed class in college and ended up failing. Then I took it again and got a C. Apparently, the most important part of yoga is showing up on your mat! I started a consistent practice in Fall of 2014. I remember very clearly because I took a hot class and felt like I was dying, which for some reason made me want to keep coming back.
What’s your favorite yoga style?
I really like power and Rocket type classes. I love a challenge and learning how to connect with my body in new ways. Fast paced classes help me to be more present in the moment.
How long have you taught yoga? What inspired you to teach?
I just want to be able to give people the same gift that has been given to me – a safe place to be right here, right now and the realization that we are all capable of so much more than we think.
What’s your advice to someone who is new to yoga?
Start off in a class where you can learn how to do the poses with the right alignment so that you don’t get injured in the future.
What is your favorite pose?
Geez, that changes from day to day. Probably pincha mayurasana (forearm stand), since I can finally hold it for more than half a second (after many years of effort, to put this in perspective).
What’s your favorite class to teach at M3? Favorite to take?
I love teaching vinyasa style classes, but my favorite to take is the M360, because I always learn a new way to activate my body.
What do you enjoy most about M3?
The people, the culture, the warmth. And that M3 offers so many types of classes that there is really something for everyone.