Laura Grant was introduced to yoga at a summer dance festival in 2005. Since then, she has completed an Anusara Level I training, an Abhyasa Yoga Center 200-hr certification (charter member, International Association of Yoga Therapists), an Asana Alphabet Youth Yoga certification (through which she currently leads Kids’ Yoga Teacher Trainings), and a GoGoBabies Infant Developmental Movement and Yoga for Babies certification. She has also studied Embodied Anatomy and Yoga through the School for Body Mind Centering. Laura has been teaching bodies of all ages in a variety of public and private settings since 2006, and currently teaches yoga and movement to students ages 2-72 at schools, studios, and privately throughout NYC. Laura has also performed as a professional contemporary dancer in NYC and Minneapolis. She brings her lifelong passion for movement, and her varied experience with modern dance, contact improvisation, Alexander technique, Pilates, and other mind/body practices to her yoga teaching.
Laura’s movement practice has helped her listen and be kind to herself, and work intelligently in her own body, and she strives to offer the same to her students. Her teaching for adults focuses on breath and body awareness as the foundation of a balanced practice – between sthira (effort) and sukha (ease). She is passionate about engaging her students in a process of observing their patterns in order to make more intentional choices. Through Laura’s therapeutic approach, students learn how to listen to their body’s needs and develop a practice that feels appropriate for them. Even while working with strength and a steadfast attention, the focus is on being self-nurturing, rather than self-punishing, finding efficiency in movement. Laura’s young students remind her of what is essential about being human, in a body, in the world. They keep her curious and playful, and counter her overly-analytic tendencies. She is passionate about engaging even the youngest movers and yogis in learning about themselves, their bodies, others, and the world around them. Laura is currently following her passion for early childhood by pursuing a Master’s of Science in Education at Bank Street College of Education in NYC.