Poses & Pranayama: Yoga Postures & Breathwork Techniques to Concentrate Your Energy and Still the Mind

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 has completed 500 hours of training with Sarahjoy Marsh focused on therapeutic yoga concepts at the intersection of tradition and science, with emphasis on neuroscience, interpersonal neurobiology, adaptive yoga, and yoga psychology. Laura also  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.

Poses & Pranayama: Yoga Postures & Breathwork Techniques to Concentrate Your Energy and Still the Mind
with Laura Ahrens and Tatyana Souza
Saturday, March 2 (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.)

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.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sat Mar 02 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm with Laura Ahrens
    at Brookline

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