Laura Ahrens reluctantly tried yoga in 2009, and was surprised by her almost immediate dedication to the practice. She received a 200-hour certification in vinyasa in 2011. Shortly after, she was captivated by the deeply connected and core-centric practice of Forrest Yoga and went on to complete the Foundation and Advanced Teacher Trainings with creator Ana Forrest and year-long mentorship with Dr. Heidi Sormaz. She also holds a BFA from The University of the Arts.
Laura’s current work is a melding together all of the different truths of moving and living through the yogic tradition that she has had the privilege of learning. Her teaching is more of an approach to practice than style-focused. Laura works with attention to an individual's physical and emotional starting points to empower ownership of one's practice.
Passionate about connection, her teaching is fueled by depth of breath, strong connection to core, precision of alignment, and commitment to the internal and somatic work necessary for personal evolution. Laura emphasizes quality of movement, and is adamant about process. She is inspired by intentional transitions and warrior-like, functional movement.
Laura is most interested in teaching others to be discerning practitioners who synthesize information through their own specific circumstances. In that spirit, she co-created The New School of Yogic Arts, a 200-hour yoga teacher training for those who want to teach the practice of yoga as a living system that breathes differently in each body.
Designed equally for beginners and seasoned practitioners, in this class you will learn about the power of intentional breathing and refine your connection to your breath. A classical part of the yoga tradition, pranayama offers the opportunity to become more intimate with your own life force energy.
The breath is inextricably linked to the central nervous system, and even just once cycle of breath can signal either uneasiness or calm to the body and brain, which sends a surge of hormones to change your biochemistry. Beyond the massive effects breath has on our entire being, pranayama can also be practiced to prepare for concentration and meditation, which can actually rewire the brain over time.
In the course of this workshop, which will be comprised of asana practice, pranayama practice, and lecture, you’ll learn a variety of different kinds of yogic breathwork and understand their purpose. You will leave with an understanding of techniques both for continuous practice and when you need them in a pinch.
Cost: $40 /$35 by February 23
All workshops are non-refundable.