We’re honored to have Laura Ellis as part of our yoga studio community. Laura is our currently featured student. Here’s a little about why we think she’s so special. Laura participated in an interview we conducted to get to know her better and here’s what we learned (see below). Thank you Laura for being you!

1.  How long have you been practicing yoga? 
I have been practicing yoga since 2004 (over the past fifteen years).  I was drawn more deeply into the practice of yoga over the past five years after joining the Laughing River Yoga community in 2014 and received my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training certification in 2018 from Laughing River Yoga.

2.  Why do you practice yoga? 
I practice yoga in order to heal myself from everyday societal stressors as well as to be a part of a community of like-minded individuals.  I practice yoga to reconnect with my inner spirit and strength and to establish deeper connection with others’ energy and spiritual strength.  I practice yoga to help heal the world.

3.  Why do you come to Laughing River Yoga? 
Laughing River Yoga is my studio of choice because being part of the community helped me heal in so many ways when I joined back in 2014.  The instructors and the vibe from the students made me feel right at home and I instantly felt safe, connected and nurtured from the moment I walked into the studio.

4.  What do you do when you’re not doing yoga? 
When I am not practicing yoga, I am a school psychologist in the Burlington School District and an advocate for children who have experienced trauma in their lives.  I recently took on a job at UVM as a Vermont Positive Behavior Intervention Support Coach for the state of Vermont and am looking forward to supporting teams within schools in the state.  I also recently began co-facilitating wellness retreats with a life-coach in the Plattsburgh, NY community and I am an aromatherapist.

5.  What is your favorite hobby, food, or art?
I enjoy playing guitar and seeing live music, walking, biking, swimming and spending time with friends and family in my free time.  I enjoy and value personal transformation.  My ultimate hobby is gardening and I am constantly researching natural herbal remedies and enjoy learning about plants.  I frequently make healthy and nutritious dishes from the garden and love to create the farm-to-table experience in my home for guests and family.  I appreciate all types of art, particularly local art from friends and local artists.  I appreciate art-related wellness activities and the shifts that occur within the individual when art is used for therapeutic purposes.