Teacher: Lauren McLaren
Yoga found Lauren in 1998, and she credits it with transforming her life from an unexamined existence into a deeply felt experience. The physical practice has its own rewards, and soon after coming to the mat, she found relief from chronic back pain. What amazes her is the subtlety of yoga’s power. Out of this simple desire to be free of pain grew an awareness of the immeasurable value of each moment of our lives. This new mindfulness inspired a sense of deep connection that has carried her through some grave times with hope and humor. Yoga offers many lessons, but one of the most personally resonant is that to let go of suffering, you must first accept things as they are, and then accept that they will change.
Originally from Canada, Lauren holds a B. Ed in secondary education and taught at the secondary level for several years before moving to the Caribbean and then later to Savannah, Georgia. Her yoga journey began in the Caribbean, but she has studied with amazing teachers there, in Canada and in the US. A teacher at heart, she returned to her calling and began teaching yoga in 2009 after completing her first teacher training with the Aura Wellness Center in Rhode Island. Always seeking to expand her knowledge and training, Lauren completed a second 200 hour program with Deva Parnell at the Discovery Yoga Center in St. Augustine, Florida. Kripalu inspired, her teaching style is grounded in honoring the body and its innate wisdom. She bring dedication, compassion and a sense of lightheartedness to her classes, but what drives and inspires her most is a profound belief in the transformative power of the practice both on and off the mat.
In addition to the classes she teaches, Lauren is honored to be part of the Yoga Teacher Training Program at Pilgrimage working to assist fellow travelers on their journey.
Upavistha Konasana. Start in a seated straddle position, legs outstretched from the center. The torso then folds forward toward the floor from the hips. A blanket is recommended for a seat.
Durga-Go. The cat arches it’s back, the cow’s spine is hyperextended. Slowly moving through these two positions warms and stretches the spine and helps connect the breath to movement.
Adho Mukha Svanasana. Fingers spread wide and strong, feet rooted, thighs engaged, your back is long and strong. Breathing deeply and powerfully your focus and strength build clarity and determination.