Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT)
Laurie is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT, 2016) Through personal experience and work with clients she discovered that opening to the wealth of intelligence that lies within the body and the stillness of meditation can lead to profound healing, personal growth and self compassion.
Laurie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Ecology from UC Irvine and continues to be passionate and curious about the social and natural landscapes we inhabit. Laurie completed her yoga therapy training through the Yoga Therapy RX program at Loyola Marymount University in August 2014, including an internship at the Simms/Mann Venice Family Clinic working with chronic pain patients. In 2016 she received certification by the Interactional Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT).
With a desire to understand widespread anxiety and trauma in society, Laurie completed a second Yoga Therapy course with Amy Wheeler’s Optimal State Yoga Therapy school specializing in Mental Health (2019). She currently on faculty teaching in the Mental Health module of this program and mentors rising yoga therapists. Laurie also sits on the Ethics Panel for Optimal State.
As a Yoga Therapist at Reconnect, Laurie seeks to create an environment that feels safe and calming, encouraging clients and students to welcome the body, breath and all that arises with a sense of kindness and curiosity. Additionally, Laurie has completed the 60-hour online course Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy, continuing to enhance her understanding of trauma healing.
In addition to offering one to one yoga therapy sessions, Laurie teaches mindfulness and trauma sensitive iRest™ meditation at a local studio and at Cerritos Community College. At the college, she offers workshops including yoga/mindfulness during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Insomnia support for faculty/students, and Self Care for faculty in-service.
Laurie has a passion for listening arising out of being a parent to two young adults and her understanding of Non-Violent Communication (NVC). This passion led her to volunteer with the non profit listening organization, Sidewalk Talk. Offering heart centered listening in public spaces creates profound connection and meaning.
You may find her taking long walks on the beach, playing beach volleyball or puttering in her vegetable garden, doing her best to bring mindfulness into each activity!
Laurie is RITTM informed.