RYT, RCYT, RPYT
Laura grew up on the coast of North Carolina and loves everything pertaining to water. She is an imperfect mother, a supportive wife, a loyal sister, a resilient daughter, a mindful yogini, a devoted teacher, an advocate for peace, a lover of change, and a forever student.
Laura became interested in yoga the summer before she started college in 2000 when her mom introduced her to a class at a local studio. “I remember leaving class feeling a renewed sense of calm and happiness,” she says. Throughout college she took a variety of different yoga classes, from gentle yoga to power yoga, and loved them all.
While Laura continued practicing yoga all through college, grad school, marriage, moving to different states, and through pregnancies, it wasn’t until 2013 that she finally took the leap to and dove into a 200-hour yoga teacher training.
In 2014, Laura graduated from a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Sanctuary Yoga in Nashville, Tennessee, where she studied under the direction of Daphne and Tom Larkin. Soon after, while pregnant with her second child, Laura continued her learning from Sanctuary and completed her 90-hour prenatal yoga training, and is a Registered Prenatal Yoga teacher. Laura practices Vinyasa flow on a regular basis, but also is drawn to the challenge of Bikram and Power Yoga and the calm of Yin yoga. “They remind me that yoga, like people, can be dynamic and different and can offer my mind and body very different feelings.”
In the Fall of 2017, after various trainings in kids yoga through The Asheville Yoga Center and Cosmic Kids Campus, Laura took another leap and started a kids yoga business called Sprouting Yogis – yoga for kids and teens. With Laura’s background in education and teaching elementary school for nine years, merging yoga with kids was a natural transition.
“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves” –Amelia Earhart