Laura, originally from the South of England, first discovered yoga in 1999 when living in Byron Bay, Australia. Here she studied Ashtanga yoga at Yoga Arts under the guidance of Louisa Sear and her inspiring team. It was experiencing the transforming power of yoga and its wonderful impact on physical, mental and spiritual well-being that inspired Laura to teach yoga to others, aware of its potential to enrich and transform lives.
On returning to London, Laura continued to study Ashtanga yoga with Gingi Lee at the Sangam Yoga Centre (now The Yoga Shala) in Balham. Laura has also had the benefit of studying yoga under the guidance of a number of teachers in India including Sri Pattabhi Jois. She returned to Yoga Arts Australia to qualify as a yoga teacher in 2004
Now living in Leith, Edinburgh, Laura has established Yoga Leaf - providing Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Gentle Hatha yoga classes at The Halls on Henderson St, a local community venue.
Yoga Leaf was founded in 2013 and offers accessible and affordable, down-to-earth yoga classes, open to all.
Laura has also had the pleasure of working with Edinburgh Community Yoga to teach at the Serenity Cafe, a community of people in recovery from alcohol and drug dependency. Additionally, she has taught at Cyrenians, a charity supporting the homeless and excluded.
Increasingly, Laura is taking on work in primary schools teaching large class groups and after school clubs.
Laura also teaches occasional classes at the Nuffield Gym (previously Virgin) at the Omni Centre, and at Edinburgh Leisure Centres.
Laura's passion is teaching yoga and her classes are characterised by her down-to-earth approach, enthusiasm and warmth.
I came to Yoga in my teens and frequently returned to the practice over the years, always feeling lifted and brighter after practice. I've been attending Laura's energetic Ashtanga classes for 3 years now and in 2018 embarked on my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate at Meadowlark Yoga Studio in Edinburgh.
I enjoy the challenging aspects of the physical side of Yoga as well as the calming and reflective aspects too! Over the years I have learnt that Yoga isn't about achieving the 'perfect' pose but about being present in our bodies and learning from the experience.
I enjoy attending Yoga workshops, studying the philosophical and anatomical parts of Yoga, and look forward to sharing what I learn with you at Yoga Leaf!