Laurie began her personal yoga journey in 1992, seeking the practice for spinal health and ended up discovering whole body benefits – including a mental, physical, and emotional sense of well being. The mother of two teens, she is passionate about the “practice” of mindful parenting and sees the benefits of a yoga practice translating wonderfully into the way we see and communicate with children, adults and ourselves.
Laurie holds a B.A. in Social Ecology from UC Irvine and is a Certified Yoga Therapist (CYT-YTRX) graduating from Loyola Marymount University in August 2012 and will obtain the 500-hour certificate in August 2013. Laurie’s 200-hour certificate (RYT) is through Mukti Yoga School in Manhattan Beach and she has over 200 hours of mentorship and elective coursework. These include bodywork, pranayama (breath), iRest (yoga nidra), Ayurveda, and meditation.
Laurie creates a safe environment at Fusion Academy for yoga discovery through thematic classes, mindfull attention to the breath and self-observation. Laurie enjoys teaching the history, philosophy, and practice of yoga as a means of understanding the self, the nature of the mind, and physical body. Imparting to students that there is a strong, wise and peaceful place within them that is accessible anytime with a bit of practiced awareness is a thrill for this teacher!
Laurie volunteers weekly at the Cancer Support Community in Redondo Beach teaching a gentle yoga class to survivors and their families. She appreciates Mahatma Gandhi’s quote: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Laurie is grateful to the Fusion program and family that serves children in the way all should be served; with compassion, empathy, wisdom and love.
Outside of Fusion, Laurie enjoys traveling, skiing, beach volleyball and being with her family. You’d be surprised to know this about her: she speaks Swedish and has summited Mount Fuji and Mount Whitney.