Lauren Donelson

I believe that yoga will find you when you're ready for it. Yoga found me while suffering from a knee injury I incurred running the NYC marathon. In the beginning, I used yoga as an alternative to the gym. Soon I found myself coming back again and again, seeking refuge in my practice amid my hectic life in New York City.

In 2012, curiosity led me to sign up for Yoga Vida's 200-Hour Teacher Training with the intention to simply learn more about yoga. It was the most profound and deeply transformative experience of my life. I couldn't silence the nagging desire to become a teacher. The program brought light to a new direction in my life. I began teaching, refining my skills and deepening my studies by apprenticing under Cat Acquaviva in Yoga Vida's 100 Hour Mentorship Program.

After teaching in New York, my desire to explore our beautiful planet led me to Seoul, South Korea where I taught English and community yoga classes for expats. My year abroad culminated with a trip to South India, where I studied Sivananda Yoga at their ashram in Trivandrum. Before returning to my home state of Texas, I completed the Jivamukti Yoga School's 300-Hour Advanced Teacher Training in Costa Rica. I am now settled in Houston, teaching vinyasa flow, meditation, various workshops, teacher trainings, and leading retreats.

I love that yoga allows me to be a forever student and has laid the ethical foundation upon which I live my life. In my classes, I strive to find balance in everything - effort and grace, strength and relaxation, masculine and feminine. I'm inspired most by Chinese Medicine, the teachings of the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita, and mother nature.

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