A PhD and an E-RYT, Tatyana Souza received her 200hr certification in 2011 from Back Bay Yoga in Boston under Kate Greer, Nicole Clark and Lynn Begier. Inspired by the yoga training and by her two little kids, Tatyana left her career in the pharmaceutical industry to co-found Coolidge Corner Yoga in 2013 and Sadhana Yoga in 2016. A dreamer and believer in the "good", Tatyana wanted to lead by example for her little boys. She believes that yoga is the catalyst for personal and global change and hopes to make an impact in her community and the world by creating a warm, sacred space where yoga students can move, connect, and cultivate much needed stillness and breath in their daily life.
Tatyana's teaching is inspired by Maybelle Rowntree, Schuyler Grant and Annie Carpenter. She is currently pursuing her 500hr training at the Wanderlust studio in Hollywood. She gracefully weaves together creative sequencing with well informed alignment cues to facilitate a fluid yet safe experience focusing both on strength and movement. She uses compassionate, intuitive, as well as, alignment-focused touch to allow students to feel supported, safe and sacred in their asana practice and in their bodies.
Laura’s teaching is a union of traditional yogic philosophy and a modern perspective on the practice. Her current work is a melding of all the different truths of moving and living in yoga that she has had the privilege of learning. Her teaching is an approach to practice, rather than style-focused. Laura’s classes and other offerings prioritize attention to breath and commitment to the inner work necessary for personal evolution. Her greatest commitment is to living the practice of yoga in the world, and teaching others to do the same.
In her work, physically challenging asana kindles the fire of transformation and focuses strong attention into meditation. Storytelling, metaphorical language, and precisely directed options for alignment teach the tale of becoming more human. Laura loves teaching others to be discerning practitioners who synthesize information for themselves. In that spirit, she co-created The New School of Yogic Arts, a teacher training school for those who want to learn to teach the practice of yoga as a living system that breathes differently in each body.
Laura holds a 200-hour certification in hatha vinyasa, 200-hour and advanced certifications in Forrest Yoga taught by Ana Forrest, and completed a year-long mentorship under the guidance of Dr. Heidi Sormaz. She earned a BFA from The University of the Arts, where she honed her use of story and song, both of which have served as instruments of connection and community since ancient times. She is currently studying yoga therapy with Sarahjoy Marsh.