What's Up Dog?

This class is taught by:

Laura Ahrens

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.

What’s Up Dog?
with Laura Ahrens
Saturday, October 6 (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.)

In case you were wondering, the comma was intentionally left out of this workshop title. What’s Up Dog isn’t just a cool way to greet your friend. Upward facing dog is so often misunderstood in practice that, as we dive deeper into our practice, we inevitably bump up against the question, “What’s Up Dog?”

Prepare to answer that question through a practice of small-but-tricky backbends that will include opening your thoracic (upper/rib-bound) spine, shoulder stability work, lumbar (lower) spine stability (and its BFF, core work), and wrist strengthening. And, of course, we’ll take a big old look at how to practice upward facing dog in a way that is architecturally and anatomically sound and can invite the feeling of strength and openness that the pose offers when it’s well aligned.

Cost: $25

All workshops are non-refundable.


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