Yoga Instructor Profile: Lauren Sgro

Lauren Sgro

Where are you from? Atlanta area/suburbia

How long have you lived in Athens? Going on 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? “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? Utage

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.

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 at M3?
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.