Laura is SAMA Studio’s founder and Principle teacher. She was first introduced to yoga around 10 years of age with fond childhood memories of staying with a family friend Rosie on school holiday break where she observed Rosie’s morning asana practice and joined in for family prayer and chanting in the evenings. It wasn’t until 2007 however that Laura became a regular student of yoga. She found her main teacher Kate Pell at this time and describes Kate’s classes like visiting home – full of heart, support and love. Around this time Laura also developed a strong interest in Buddhist philosophy and meditation practices. In 2009, Laura began training with Kate to become a certified teacher and has been teaching yoga full time since 2013.
Laura holds over 950 hours of formal yoga teacher training and has additional qualifications in pregnancy, postnatal, kids, partner and community yoga. She has studied intensively with Kate Pell, Noah Maze, Donna Farhi, Simon-Borg Olivier and Sue Scott in Australia and returns to India to continue studies with her teachers there, Rajiv and Swati Chanchani. Laura’s motivation to share her experience of yoga and the gifts the practice brings are in service to cultivating and strengthening a greater sense of Kula – (Community of Heart).
Laura hopes to inspire a balanced and sensible approach to healthy living (starting with loving acceptance of Self) and encourages everyone, regardless of outside turmoil’s or physical challenges to get on the mat.
My practice and the philosophy of Yoga have taught me to be more gentle and loving to myself. The process has revealed to me that I have the strength of a mountain and it has helped me to endure things with spirit when life gets tough. Yoga reminds me to be my authentic self. It’s taught me to love the moments of struggle because there’s always an answer to something that comes from that space. Yoga has helped me to really feel into my body and has nursed me back to good health on more than one occasion.
Through yoga, I have been opened to so many incredible experiences and opportunities. It has introduced me to the most amazing people and given me back more than I could have ever imagined. You know, I was 30 before I ever looked into the mirror and just saw this person that I really liked, loved in fact. I wasn’t trying to be – I just was. I wasn’t worried about keeping up a certain appearance or measuring my success with the material, I was just happy, present and appreciative of this life and I’m sure that was the direct impact of a very committed and regular practice'”.
As seen in Australian Yoga Journal.