About Joyga & Laura
My mission is to love, learn and teach and from that space to contribute to the wellbeing of others. My teaching is addressed to students in search of discovery, transformation and growth. I want to inspire them to bring the practice off the mats into daily life.
I have a reason to get out of bed each day: to serve people through my passion for yoga; and through yoga to give them tools to build their resilience, reconnect with their bodies, live their lives with gratitude and be more present at the moment. My biggest reward is to see people leaving the class relaxed and smiling and watch their progress.
I am a certified yoga teacher and I love to continually learn and develop myself and to evolve my practice through further training and study.
What yoga means to me?
Yoga taught me to BREATH, to be PRESENT, to ACCEPT but to ENDURE at the same time.
Pretty obvious, Right!
‘’To be a Yoga Teacher is to embody what it means to have well – being in life, and in turn to impact that understanding to others.’’ Amy Ippoliti
Years of experience
About Joyga & Laura
What do I teach?
A gentle introduction to the most basic yoga postures, with a focus on alignment and breathing. You probably won’t work up a sweat in a hatha yoga class, but you should end up leaving class feeling longer, looser, and more relaxed.
A somatic movement, generally speaking, is one which is performed consciously with the intention of focusing on the internal experience of the movement rather than the external appearance or result of the movement.
Movements are performed slowly, focusing on quality rather than quantity. Working in this way allows the body and more importantly the human nervous system which controls our posture and movement, to learn new ways of moving.
In a general flow yoga class, we target our muscles. Yin yoga goes deeper to target deep connective tissue in the body including ligaments, bones, and joints.
As opposed to a more active flow class, yin yoga involves passive stretching – most of which happens on the floor (woo!) and longer-held poses.
Yin yoga encourages you to completely relax in the pose, softening the muscle in order to move closer to the bone.
Restorative yoga is a delicious way to relax. Restorative classes use bolsters, blankets, and blocks to prop students into passive poses so the body can experience the benefits of a pose without having to exert any effort.
About Joyga & Laura
What to expect from my Yoga classes
Centring is like a warm-up for the yogic mind. It’s a dedicated time for you to completely quiet the mind, and set an intention for your practice, making your yoga session more focused.
Breathing consciously is the essence of yoga. Connecting with your breath is a method for being present. When you breathe consciously you activate a different part of your brain. Unconscious breathing is controlled by the medulla oblongata in the brain stem, the primitive part of the brain, while conscious breathing comes from the more evolved areas of the brain in the cerebral cortex.
Shavasana is ALWAYS the closing and final asana in our classes, and it is a great time to channel energy inward to restore and revitalize the hardworking mind and body. Muscular and skeletal tension is consciously relaxed in this pose. Over time, practice will increase body awareness.
Laura is a fantastic teacher with great attention to breath, flow and correct alignment. I really enjoyed her fabulous class and feel refreshed and free in my body afterwards. I would definitely recommend! Thanks again Laura
I usually go to the gym so when I saw Laura's event I said I'll give Yoga a try. I love it, I really think that a combination of Gym and Yoga would be beneficial to everybody
Laura's classes are an oasis of tranquility in a busy week. Laura demonstrates a deep knowledge of yoga and leads each session in a calm and thoughtful manner that always challenges the body while relaxing the mind. The guided meditation at the end of each session helps me achieve a level of deep relaxation that is hard to reproduce elsewhere. I leave each class feeling very relaxed, well stretched and looking forward to the next session. I highly recommend Laura's yoga classes as a form of exercise and to relieve some of the stresses of everyday life.
“Yoga is not a work-out, it is a work-in. And this is the point of spiritual practice; to make us teachable; to open up our hearts and focus our awareness so that we can know what we already know and be who we already are.” — Rolf Gates