C-IAYT, iRest certified
My journey into meditation and mindful practices evolved from my yoga therapy education and quite frankly being a parent. As a parent, I became a student and practitioner of non-violent communication (NVC) also known as compassionate communication which invites us to speak and listen from and through the heart. Later, through study and work with yoga clients it became clear that the combination of therapeutic yoga postures and breath was incomplete without mindful awareness and a sense of embodiment. After one iRest practice, I felt embodied and connected to a deep peace and equanimity and drawn to the iRest teachings and protocol sensing it would be an important tool in my therapeutic toolbox! Always incorporating heartfelt listening, I seek to create an environment for meditation and yoga that feels safe and calming, encouraging students to welcome the breath and all that arises with a sense of playfulness and curiosity. I’ve been told my calm manner and voice are soothing and it would be my honor to guide you toward connecting to your true nature, inner wisdom and relief from pain. Opening to the wealth of intelligence that lies within the body and the stillness of meditation can lead to profound insight, healing, personal growth and self compassion. Training: Laurie is a Yoga Therapist certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT) graduating from Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in August 2014. Yoga Therapy training included an internship at the integrative Venice Family Clinic working with patients experiencing chronic pain. She is also a mentor for yoga therapy clinical level interns in the Yoga Therapy RX program at LMU. Certified iRest Facilitator, November, 2017. Certified to lead the specialized teen course: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T), 2015 Currently offering private yoga therapy and iRest sessions; Mindfulness and iRest meditation twice weekly at Cerritos College; Group and private iRest sessions at various locations. Her passion for listening led her to become a City Leader for Sidewalk Talk, a community listening project. Unconditional, empathic listening to anyone interested in pausing to be heard.