THE PATH TO SELF DISCOVERY
Hi, I am LAUREL ERILANE. I grew up as a competitive athlete in Manhattan Beach, California, constantly pushing my body to its limit. I first discovered yoga in my adolescence, as an alternative to physical therapy, when several sports injuries from basketball & soccer prevented me from playing with such intensity. My practice began in 2002, while in high school, and I started taking teacher trainings in 2007 during college. To this day, I continue to educate myself through training and workshops with internationally recognized teachers to stay inspired. I have been practicing yoga consistently for over 20 years, teaching for 14, and I am certified with over 1,000+ RYS training / 5,000+ teaching hours along side some of the most world-renowned instructors.
With consistent practice for over half my life, I bring an in-depth knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology into my intelligent sequencing. My teaching style emphasizes proper anatomical alignment through both classical and modern variations, incorporating the union of breath and fluid movement with deep dynamic stretches and guided meditation.
Born to Mother Earth (Ceramicist) + Father Sky (Astrophysicist) I have an innate ability to understand built forms and metaphysical functions. When I teach, my goal is to scientifically explain how the body and mind gracefully yoke in the flow state of the guided yoga experience. Well versed in the philosophy of yoga, I embody the eight limbs and lead with authenticity, vulnerability & clarity.
When not teaching, I love connecting to nature through gardening, cooking & outdoor sports like hiking, biking, rock climbing, surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding, low tide beach runs, swimming, sailing and camping. An artist at heart, in addition to body origami, I am a talented Human Centered Experience Designer with a BFA in Communications & Design Strategies from Parsons School of Design: The New School in New York City. Off the mat, I specialize in mobile product design for some of the most innovative wellness and technology companies in the world.
It's important to remember that we are always evolving, forever adapting to new life design strategies, functional neuroplasticity, and technological aids.
Above all, I am a huge advocate of living life to the fullest through vibrant health. A free-spirited lover of the arts, especially music, I teach at many prominent festivals. Additionally, I have co-founded and produced several wellness events that focus on healing through yoga, nutrition, and community connection. I have led yoga retreats in some of the most beautiful and sought-after places in the world including, Bali, Tulum, Cabo, BVIs, Croatia, Portugal and Spain. I have lived in Italy, England, Germany, Australia and Thailand, with a plan to continue exploring this world until I am reincarnated. Reach out, and let's plan a trip to your dream location! I recognize the yogic journey as a lifelong practice, which continues to guide me to travel, live, co-create, and teach internationally.
Every time you step onto the mat is an opportunity to deepen your sense of self and learn more about finding your own personal peace. As every day presents new challenges, we must first do the work on ourselves in order to uplift others around us.