What is Vinyasa Flow?
Vinyasa is the marriage of breath and movement. It is a synchronized method of the coiling and uncoiling of the body, to balance opposing tendencies, to move prana through the body, and to create heat. Vinyasa allows us to clear the slate after each posture to allow entry to the next one. A vinyasa practice purifies the organs, balances the chakras, calms emotions and quiets the mind. It teaches you to overcome fears and cultivate patience, knowing when to push forward and when to pull back. Although a vinyasa flow class can be geared towards beginners, in general it is a more rigorous practice. Laura invites all levels to come practice with mindfulness, but recommends a gentler style for beginners or for those seeking a slower or more restorative practice. Laura’s T/Th Slow Flow class is an excellent place to land when stepping into a Vinyasa practice.
What is Ashtanga Yoga?
Ashtanga is a system of yoga introduced to the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. This method of yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures. This process produces intense internal heat and a purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. Ashtanga, the 8-Limb practice, is a moving meditation of breath-connected postures. The postures flow together like beads on a string, or a “mala.” This strong athletic practice results in improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind. Currently, Laura is only teaching Ashtanga privately.
Laura has been a dedicated yoga practitioner for over 18 years and a yoga teacher since 2010. After dabbling in various styles of yoga, Laura felt an instant connection to Ashtanga yoga. After dedicating herself to a regular Ashtanga practice for several years, she completed her first series Ashtanga yoga 100 hour training with Tim Miller in 2010 and her second series Ashtanga yoga 100 hour training with Tim Miller in 2012.
She completed the first series clinic with Nancy Gilgoff in 2012 and attended numerous workshops with David Swenson over her years as a practitioner and teacher. Since first meeting in 2006, Laura had the honor to practice, mentor, and then work with Diana Christinson of Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala in California. She considers Diana her biggest influence along her journey of yoga.
“What allows me to teach with confidence are my years as a yoga practitioner. I will always be a student and teach from the passion I have from the life transforming journey yoga has gifted me. The students that show up to practice with me are equally my teacher and we share the flow of energy that shows up for us each day, honoring and uplifting each other.” ~ Laura
About Laura’s Classes:
Laura’s Ashtanga background impacts her dynamic and challenging Vinyasa Flow classes. She will lead you through fun, creative sequencing that emphasize breath paired movement and focused attention to create a strong moving meditation. Her experience as a massage therapist and light energy worker will keep you well guided in verbal alignment cues and hands on adjustments. She likes to thread in philosophy and how it applies on and off your mat. Laura may share intuitive messages she receives during class, but her goal is to allow you to tune in to your own wisdom. She offers public and private vinyasa classes. Join her for a traditional Ashtanga practice privately, to deepen your wisdom of the 8-Limb tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.
- Mixed Level Vinyasa: Suited for all levels that enjoy and are ready for a more rigorous practice. Laura will give you options on variations and tips on alignment to create a comfortable and safe experience. She will challenge you to explore your edge and encourage you to trust you internal wisdom, knowing when to push forward and when to pull back.
- Slow Flow Vinyasa: An excellent class for those looking to step into a more rigorous practice in a mindful way. Laura slows down the movement, simplifies the sequencing and gets you integrated in both your body and breath. She gives you options on variations to meet your level, and gives strong instruction on alignment and props to keep you safe.
- Intermediate Vinyasa: This class varies in intensity depending on the students levels and the energy of the day. Expect less verbal instruction diving deeper into internal trust, more challenging sequencing and/or postures, and a deeper emphasis on breath to enhance the meditation experience. We penetrate beyond the physical elements, creating a heightened connection to the mind and spirit.
Morning Vinyasa with Laura meets Monday-Saturday mornings from 8-9:30am, some supplies provided. Enjoy an outdoor setting with a garden view, just a short walk from the main street in beautiful Playa Samara, Costa Rica. Private and semi-private yoga sessions are also available out call or on zoom.
Public Yoga Class Schedule:
M/W/F Mixed Level Vinyasa Flow 8-9:30 am with Laura
T/Th Slow Flow Vinyasa 8-9:30 am with Laura
Saturday’s Intermediate Vinyasa Flow 8-9:30 am with Laura
*Please note that Laura is not teaching publicly at this time. Connect with her on zoom 8:30-10am on Mondays and Fridays or join her private group in person in Samara on Tuesday mornings.
All public yoga classes are currently suspended, please contact Laura to join her private Tuesday morning group class in Samara at CRSMT or to book a private session
5-series Package: $60
10-series Package: $100
*please pay Laura direct, special discounts available for locals
Private Yoga Sessions:
$85 private in person sessions, $50 on zoom
(for first 3 students, $10 per additional student in person and $5 per additional person on zoom , large groups negotiable)
*please note: additional costs may apply for travel
Cash preferred for all services, dollars or colones. PayPal and Venmo payment available, additional charges may apply.