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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.

Interview, Philosophy
5 Minutes
Interview with Lauren McLaren
All Interviews, Lauren McLaren, Sujantra McKeever | October 21, 2014

Sujantra interviews Pilgrimage Yoga Studio teacher, Lauren McLaren.

Philosophy
10 Minutes
Seeker’s Journey – Lauren McLaren
All Interviews, Lauren McLaren, Sujantra McKeever | October 21, 2014

Sujantra interviews Lauren on, “The Seeker’s Journey.”

Interview, Philosophy, Pranayama
10 Minutes
Lauren on Pranayama
Lauren McLaren, Sujantra McKeever | October 21, 2014

Sujantra interviews Lauren McLaren on Pranayama.

Asana, De-Stress, Pranayama
5 Minutes Level I
Intro to Pranayama
Lauren McLaren | September 29, 2014

Learn about the ancient art of Pranayama and how breath, body, mind and emotions are all intertwined. Find peace and energy.

Asana, De-Stress, Pranayama
10 Minutes Level I
Pranayama Relaxing Flow
Lauren McLaren | September 29, 2014

Activate your relaxation response with this 10 minute pranayama flow session. Meditative as well as relaxing.

Asana, De-Stress, Pranayama
5 Minutes Level I
Skull Shining Breath
Lauren McLaren | September 26, 2014

Clear your mind and re-energize your whole body as you explore this powerful breathing technique.

Asana, Pose Breakdown, Seated, Seated Wide Angle (Upavishta Konasana)
5 Minutes Level I
Seated Wide Angle Forward Fold
Lauren McLaren | September 25, 2014

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.

Asana, Head to Knee (Janu Sirsasana), Pose Breakdown, Seated
5 Minutes Level I
Head to Knee Pose
Lauren McLaren | September 25, 2014

Janu Sirsasana. Seated forward bend where one leg is extended forward and the knee of the opposite leg is flexed and lowered laterally to the floor.

Asana, Office Yoga, Pose Breakdown, Standing
5 Minutes Level I
Half Forward Fold
Lauren McLaren | September 25, 2014

Ardha Uttanasana. Open the door to strengthening your abdominal core, low back and hamstrings as you hinge at your hips with a straight back.

Asana, Hero's Pose (Virasana), Pose Breakdown, Seated
5 Minutes Level I
Hero’s Pose
Lauren McLaren | September 25, 2014

Virasana. Kneeling posture where the hips reach for the floor between the feet. Can also be used to sit in some styles of meditation.

Asana, De-Stress, Pranayama
10 Minutes Level I
Pranayama Energizing Flow
Lauren McLaren | August 26, 2014

Discover your life force through various alternate breathing techniques.

Asana, De-Stress, Pranayama
5 Minutes Level I
Alternate Nostril Breath
Lauren McLaren | August 5, 2014

Nadi Shodana. Alternative nostril breathing brings harmony to both hemispheres of the brain and releases and purifies energy blockages in your system.

Asana, De-Stress, Pranayama
5 Minutes Level I
Victorious Breath
Lauren McLaren | July 23, 2014

Ujjayi, or victorious breath, is a breathing technique practiced for centuries. Can be explored by itself or as part of your regular practice.

Asana, De-Stress, Pranayama
5 Minutes Level I
3 Part Yogic Breath
Lauren McLaren | July 22, 2014

Dirgha Pranayama. Ancient breathing technique utilizing 3 parts of the body for breathing – the belly, rib cage and collarbone.

Asana, Pose Breakdown, Seated, Seated Forward Fold (Pashimottanasana)
5 Minutes Level I
Seated Forward Fold
Lauren McLaren | July 22, 2014

Paschimottanasana. A seated, full forward bend. Great stretch for the hamstrings as well as the back. Calms and soothes the nervous system.

Asana, Cat Cow Pose (Durga-Go), Gentle Yoga, Pose Breakdown, Restorative
5 Minutes Level I
Cat Cow Pose
Lauren McLaren | July 22, 2014

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.

Asana, Pose Breakdown, Pyramid Pose (Parsvottanasana), Standing
5 Minutes Level I
Pyramid Pose
Lauren McLaren | July 22, 2014

Parsvottanasana. Release tension throughout the entire back of the body as you bend and bow, stretching the legs and hips.

Asana, Office Yoga, Pose Breakdown, Standing, Standing Forward Fold (Uttanasana)
5 Minutes Level I
Standing Forward Fold
Lauren McLaren | July 21, 2014

Uttanasana. Dive and fold at your hips as you melt into a forward fold that lengthens and stretches your hamstrings and spinal muscles.

Asana, Downward Facing Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana), Office Yoga, Pose Breakdown, Standing
5 Minutes Level I
Downward Facing Dog Pose
Lauren McLaren | July 21, 2014

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.

Asana, Español
5 Minutes Level I
Postura del Gato y la Vaca
Lauren McLaren | June 26, 2015

Durga-Go. El gato arquea la espalda, mientras la vaca la hyper-extiende. Moviéndose lentamente a través de estas dos posiciones se…

Asana, Español
10 Minutes Level I
Pranayama flujo relajante
Lauren McLaren | June 26, 2015

Práctica de relajación mediante pranayama (respiración) por 10 minutos. Meditativa, relajante.

Asana, Español
5 Minutes Level I
La Mitad de Flexión Hacia Delante
Lauren McLaren | June 25, 2015

Ardha Uttanasana. Fortaleza el abdomem, la espalda y los isquiotibiales al giras la cadera con la espalda recta.

Asana, Español
5 Minutes Level I
Perro Cara Abajo
Lauren McLaren | June 26, 2015

Adho Mukha Svanasana. Adho significa abajo. Mukha significa cara. Sva significa perro. Alarga la parte posterior de los musculos, alivia el dolor de espalda, reduce el cansancio y la fatiga.

Asana, русский
5 Minutes Level I
Поза кот-корова.
Lauren McLaren | August 3, 2015

Марджариасана. Кот прогибает спину назад, позвоночник коровы выгнут средней частью вверх. Медленные движения от одной позиции к другой разогревает и растягивает позвоночник, движению помогает дыхание.

Asana, русский
5 Minutes Level I
Сильный наклон вперед.
Lauren McLaren | August 3, 2015

Уттанасана. Наклонитесь вперед и обхватите лодыжки, переходя в наклон вперед, в котором удлиняются и растягиваются …

Asana, русский
5 Minutes Level I
Собака мордой вниз.
Lauren McLaren | August 3, 2015

Адха Мукха Сванасана. Пальцы расставлены в стороны и напряжены, ноги на полу, работают бедра, спина вытянута и напряжена. Вдыхая глубоко и мощно, ваши сила и способность к концентрации обретают бо’льшую ясность.

Asana, русский
5 Minutes Level I
Половинная поза наклона вперед.
Lauren McLaren | August 3, 2015

Ардха Уттанасана. Прекрасный способ укрепить брюшной пресс, нижнюю часть спины и мышцам задней поверхности бедра…

Asana, русский
10 Minutes Level I
Поток расслабляющей Пранаямы.
Lauren McLaren | August 3, 2015

Углубление состояния расслабления в 10-минутной последовательности дыхательных упражнений (пранаямы)…