After fifteen years of personal immersion in the Yoga world, and another decade plus of observation as a Yoga professional, LauraLynn felt compelled to reach out to others. She was curious to see what others were experiencing. The highlights of the discussions with colleagues, students, and Yoga enthusiasts are below.
Teachers spoke of:
an edge of competition
a sometimes overwhelming feeling of busyness
how to build their brand and obtain ambassadorships and do other promotional practices
a desire to share and obtain practical guidance, such as the development of class outlines
mentorship from other Yoga professionals
Students spoke of:
a deep confusion of who, where, when and how to start
a desire to learn more than asana/really understanding what Yoga is
being overwhelmed by the massive amount of information on Yoga
feeling like teachers have little time in a class to give individual attention
Program Directors spoke of:
a need for checklists for starting a yoga space/program
competitiveness in having the “best” teachers and keeping their programs afloat
wishing there were a place to “pick the brain” of others who have been able to successful in running programs in a wide range of venues
LauraLynn took all the conversations under consideration, seeking shared thoughts, needs and concerns. Multiple common themes emerged: unity, service and sustainability. Collectively they created a deep calling for LauraLynn to address them in some way. This calling became theYoke.
Raised in a Midwest family that emphasized education, Douglas Files constantly strives to learn new things. He has worked for many years as a U.S. Air Force flight surgeon and now teaches military doctors how to care for aircrew. He runs, reads voraciously and prides himself excessively on his wit. For 15 years he has studied military aviation history […]
LauraLynn began practicing yoga over two and a half decades ago as part of her healing regime to cope with a cancer diagnosis. Surviving cancer gave her a thirst to live life to its fullest at a young age. This yearning led her to obtain a master’s degree in Integrative Health Education from the California Institute […]
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Courtney Snyder is a yoga teacher based out of Panama City, FL. She was first introduced to yoga in high school and she moved to Florida from Houston, TX with the dream of being a yoga teacher at the age of 20. After meeting several people who helped her along her journey, including LL Jansen […]
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Yoga is beyond the physical. While asana is a component of practice, the yogic journey points towards transcendence. The Yoke reminds us of this purpose in our journey. To unite, to serve, and to sustain is just as much a part of the experience, as it is the natural result of it.
Yoga compliments every aspect of my life, through my practice. I serve my family and community, and in turn it serves me. What started out as a goal to touch my toes evolved into the desire to touch everyone I care about.
Yoga allows me to work with other (yoga) professionals to create sustainability in the yoga industry, with an emphasis on creating value, building community, creating space for possibility, and developing leaders.
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Priscilla began her exploration into the world of yoga in 2014 by focusing only on the asana practice. She really wasn’t expecting much besides an improvement in health, strength, balance and flexibility. Two years into her asana practice a shift in energy occurred, while on the mat, allowing her to cultivate a sense of balance […]
Marlo loves sharing yoga and creating a safe space for new and experienced yogi’s to explore their connection with themselves in a peaceful, playful, and loving way. Even though she has practiced several styles of yoga, she specializes in teaching a unique blend of a meditative flow with energy work. Her yoga training includes Power […]
Peter Snyder started practicing yoga and mindfulness in 2007. He found that by cultivating mindfulness and acceptance he could open a space allowing greater ease in life. It also maximized his ability to deal with everyday challenges and emotions. Peter became qualified teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the University of Massachusetts medical school […]
Practicing yoga has become an intricate part of keeping her mind, body and spirit balanced and shares this gift teaching adults and children in South Los Angeles. Self-described as a “Christian first”, Kendal is a passionate wife, mother, missionary, yogi, and artist who has dedicated her life to making a difference in the lives of young […]
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