Laura Friedman

Laura stumbled upon yoga while seeking a means to build physical strength and flexibility, and ease pain in her knees from years of biking and running.  Along with the many physical benefits she found a practice that inspired the mind-body, heart and spirit.

Laura truly believes that yoga is for everyone, regardless of level of fitness, age, shape or motivation.  Yoga teaches us that each time we practice, each moment in life, each breath we take is an opportunity to start fresh, learn, play and explore.  Her hope through teaching is to inspire others to open to the possibility of transformation on and off the mat, living with greater awareness, integrity, compassion, and peace.  

Laura guides a mindful, slower-paced class that includes pranayama (study of breath), meditation and alignment-based poses that balance, open and strengthen the body and mind.  Static holds and dynamic movement are integrated to encourage greater depth of exploration and self-discovery.  Modifications and use of props are offered to allow students of all levels to participate safely, personalize their practice and experience the joy of yoga.

Laura earned a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification under the gifted guidance of Lourdes Paredes and Pam Udell.  She apprentices with Gabriel Halpern in therapeutic classes based on the Iyengar tradition.  She is certified in Restorative Yoga from Judith Hanson Lasater and has completed continuing education courses in therapeutic yoga with Doug Keller and other master teachers.  Her path to teaching continues to unfold through daily practice and study. She is deeply grateful for the opportunity to share the benefits and wisdom of yoga with others.