A brief something about me… Let’s start with the basics: I am the mother of two awesome kids: Jack and Stella. They, above all else, are my teachers. I have found no greater joy, love, frustration, and test of patience than with them. They push me to become my best self. I am married to my best friend, Bubba. Of all the people in all the world, I choose him. With deep gratitude, I get to say that he walks beside me as I pursue my passions. I mention family first because without them I am not completely me.
The short story about how I came to be a yoga teacher is this: I spent a lot of years not loving myself and my body. When I first practiced yoga in my 20s, it felt more like a gesture of compassion to myself than anything I had ever done. Best gift ever! Yet somehow life pulled me away from my mat for many years. After Stella was born, I once again found myself in a darker place than where I wanted to live my life. Turns out being a grown up and raising kids can be hard, and somewhere in there I lost myself. Yoga brought me back, this time with a clearer purpose to not just give myself this gift, but also with a passionate desire to share it with everyone. I am a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher and currently working on my 500-hour Advanced Teacher certification.
I may be part fish! For as long as I can remember, my favorite way to spend a day is to be outside, under the sun, and around the water. When I first heard about stand up paddleboard (SUP) yoga, I KNEW it was part of my path. SUP gives me a way to marry my passions. There is nothing that I have experienced that brings me a stronger connection to nature. It’s almost like walking on water, leaving nothing more than a ripple in my wake. Profound peace. I could go on and on about my love for this practice, but what I would much rather do is share it with you! I received my certification as a SUP yoga teacher in the spring of 2016.
I decided to start my own business so that I would have the flexibility to create unique and custom experiences for my clients. What I offer is more than just a class—it’s an adventure. No two outings are the same! I am a one-woman show, and it brings me great pride to show my kids that hard work and passion make it possible create the life we love. My hope is that all of my clients feel how deeply I care about what I am doing… and maybe have a little fun along the way! I can’t wait to share an adventure with you!
As the new head chef at Surya café, Lauren is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of all whom she serves. Lauren comes to us with compassion in her heart and a diverse background to draw from. Completing YTT’s in both India and Thailand, she has a strong belief in the transformative effects of yoga on the mind and body. The food she prepares is an extension of these beliefs. Adapting Ahimsa fully into her personal and professional life, she has vowed to practice non-violence and non-harm, preparing plant-based foods that impress even the most avid meat-eaters.
Jamie took her first Integral yoga class while living in Seattle in 2002 has been practicing every since. She has a deep respect for the ability of the human body to heal itself and has seen firsthand what a consistent yoga and meditation practice can do to calm the mind and deepen the connection to self and others. Inspired to guide others, Jamie completed her first 200 hour training in 2014 through Perennial Yoga & Meditation and is currently enrolled in a second 200 hr program with RajaHatha School of Yoga in Madison, WI. She teaches Gentle Yoga, Yoga for Beginners, Aroma Flow, and Yoga Nidra. Jamie offers yoga privates, incorporating specific breathwork, visualization, art therapy, and therapeutic essential oils and flower essences. She is a Usui Reiki Master and is trained in Chakra Balancing and Meramour's Body-Feedback Testing. A lover of the creative process, and of immersion experiences, Jamie also assists Sabrina Ward Harrison on her True Living Experience Art Retreats. Jamie is honored to witness the transformative power of yoga in her students and feels blessed to have found a second career in the healing arts.