Laura is SAMA Studio’s founder and Principal teacher. First introduced to Yoga around 10 years of age, she has fond childhood memories of chanting the ancient Gayatri Mantra, meditating, gazing endlessly at paintings of Hindu deities and playfully hanging upside down or putting a leg behind her head.
By 2007 Laura was a regular student of Yoga and in 2008 her interest in Buddhist philosophy and mindfulness practices led her to taking vows with his HH the 14th Dalia Lama. In 2010, she began studying with Kate Pell to become a certified teacher and has been teaching Yoga as her full-time profession since 2013. She is a Yoga Australia Level 2 registered teacher.
Laura holds over 1000 hours of formal Yoga teacher training and additional certifications in pregnancy, postnatal, kids, partner and community Yoga. Most recently Laura has taken opportunities to study intensively with and be inspired by the work of Jason Crandell, Noah Maze, Ana Forrest and Jose Calarco. She has assisted Kate Pell on Teacher Training Courses and has also studied with Donna Farhi, Simon-Borg Olivier, Sue Everett and Peter Scott in Australia and Rajiv and Swati Chanchani in India.
Laura’s motivation to share Yoga and the gifts the practice brings with others are in service to cultivating and strengthening a greater sense of Kula – Community of Heart. Having also experienced first-hand the support a Yoga practice offers in times of trauma, illness and injury (a back break and then cancer in her late 20’s) Laura hopes to inspire and connect students to the wisdom and intelligence of their own bodies moving.To feel and know the resiliency and courage of one’s own Spirit.
Drawing on a background working in Allied Health as a young adult, a strong interested in functional anatomy and healthy movement comes through in her teaching style. She sees that it is her job to help her students strengthen and condition not just touch their toes through the process of learning asanas.
Laura is known for helping students connect to the intelligence of alignment and progressively builds her students to meet their edges in their practice – be it in a flow, alignment or restoration class. She shares information in a fun and light-hearted fashion, without skipping the particulars, weaving mythological storytelling and philosophy throughout.
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.
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