Lauren graduated from Marywood University in 2009, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biotechnology, and additionally completed extensive coursework in Fine Arts and Photography. She had great aspirations of making positive changes in the lives of those struggling with disease. While her job at Sanofi Pasteur is indeed challenging and rewarding, she quickly recognized that there was something else calling to her… When Lauren stepped foot into Boundless Yoga Studio (then Sundari Yoga Studio) in October of 2013, little did she know, her life was about to make a very positive change. She began practicing Yoga as a means of fitness and recreation, and hoped for a bridge to a healthier lifestyle. She quickly became entranced with Yoga and discovered that not only was it a great tool for de-stressing, but that she felt sublimely connected to the practice. She discovered a part of herself that she’d never known existed.
Within her first two months Lauren had already began taking about two to three classes Per Day, yes you read that right, three classes in a day!!! Despite the snow or ice; as long as the studio was open, Lauren would find a way to get there. Lauren would get up early to take advantage of the morning classes on weekends, and she would adjust her work schedule to ensure that she take advantage of just about every single class on the schedule. The running joke became; “Never leave the house without a pair of Yoga pants!” With the support and encouragement of Nicole Elwood, Lauren decided to take the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher training. Initially, Lauren worried that she did not have enough Yoga practice under her belt, but both Nicole and Chris assured her that was not the case. For Lauren, the very idea that she would have two entire days each month completely devoted to the teachings and practices of Yoga was right up her alley.
Lauren’s friends would describe her as a humorous, passionate and fun loving person. It is her very optimistic mind-set that drove her to not only dive into 200 hour training, but to additionally take Nadya’s Restorative Yoga Training Session in September of 2014. In addition to her schooling and day job, Lauren began networking herself and exploring her other talents. She joined and co-created a hiking group she named Yikers. Yikers is named so because the hikers would stop mid-hike to practice Yoga, Yoga-Hikers. In the fall of 2014, Lauren decided to rekindle her passion for photography, and explore the potential for a part time business venture. She kick-started this effort by taking pictures during Chris & Brian’s Acro-Yoga workshops at Boundless Yoga Studio, in preparation for photographing the NYC “Solar Immersion.” These experiences lead to a further opportunity to photograph and learn some Thai Massage techniques at a workshop, also held in New York City. She continues to make positive progress and looks forward to more photography work in the near future, and will specialize in photographing yoga and the movement arts.
Amid exciting new opportunities, Lauren graduated from Boundless Yoga Studio’s 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, and is officially registered with Yoga Alliance. On Thursday, January 8th 2015 Lauren began teaching a weekly “Gentle/Restorative Yoga” evening class at 7:15 PM. The Restorative classes are an absolute blissful treat for students of all levels. Next, Lauren is looking forward to leaning Reiki and Thai Massage. She plans to explore other avenues of energetic healing, which she will incorporate in her Restorative Classes and Private Sessions.
Article by Teri Barton
Boundless Yoga Staff & Students
We are continuously interested on how our reactions and responses to our personal journeys, albeit travel, adventure, new job, etc. mirror and reflect our social, emotional and spiritual ups and downs. We try every day to apply what we learn about ourselves on the yoga mat to our personal lives. Thank you for tuning in as we share some of those aspects with you.