Laura Johnson

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It started in mid-20s, I traveling a lot and was living in New York for a couple years. During that time, it came from a place from feeling disconnected in a big city and I wanted to meet people to feel connected, so I started going to yoga there. It was great, incredible teachers and packed-out studios.

From there, it wasn't until another 5 years that I decided to do my yoga teacher training. In those 5 years, I became a Personal Trainer and was working in the fitness industry but always still practiced and loved yoga, so there was a point where I decided to move to Melbourne and do my YTT here at Power Living.

With my teaching, I want yoga to be accessible. Also, studying Osteopathy has informed the way I teach, I was always interested in functional movement, the muscles, the body, but one of the main things is the body is unit and it has the ability to heal itself. A well-balanced practice that is safe but strengthens parts of our body that we don't get to strengthen much in daily life.

Teaching & Certification

  • 200 hours with Power Living in 2014

Teaching Style

  • Adjustments/Assists: Yes, not every class but it can be helpful to speak to what's really happening in the class, if you can see someone struggling or if it will help to flatten their foot down in a shape then I will adjust to do that. Just to help them feel good and safe in their bodies.

  • Theming: I do, but a lot of my classes are based on simple mindfulness and return back to ourselves. It's nice to be mindful and present. Keep it simple.

  • Sequencing: I'll sequence to a peak pose of focus on a region of the body. For instance the back-body as it's not something we strengthen in everyday life.

  • Music: Sprinkle music through classes, I like electronic, slow beat. Not many words, instrumental.

On & Off the Mat With: Laura Johnson

As a yoga teacher, what inspires and motivates your teaching?

When I began, yoga was to find a sense of connnection. A connection to myself and to facilitate that for other people as well. I thrive off of the yoga community itself, I get inspired by my teachers and peers that I practice with and learn from.

Do you have any yoga teachers that you admire and/or look up to? Who are they?

Duncan Parviainen - his knowledge of alignment and anatomy is incredible as well as authentic, heart-felt teaching) Cassie Lee - intelligent sequencing that sparks inspiration) Chris Wilson - he has so much heart and authenticity) Kathryn Budig - all about uplifting women and their journey Jason Crandell

For those of us that haven't practiced with you before, what can we expect from your classes?

An athletic flow, a flow that gets you moving and heart pumping. But also start mindfully, flow, and then finish that way as well. I like being challenged by my body physically but also being surpised by all the other elements that are there - philosophy, mindfulness, etc. I like offering that up for students but then can choose what resonates with them.

I like to teach a well-balanced practice that is safe but strengthens parts of our body that we don't get to strengthen much in daily life.

What type of class could you teach all day, everyday and why?

Vinyasa flow.

Do you practice any other form of movement or fitness besides yoga? If so, what kind?

I still love to train in the gym, circuit training and a little bit of running. I like doing physical stuff I can do on my own.

What's your go-to spot in Melbourne to get inspired?

I really like coffee and live Northside and really like to do coffe and brunch on a day off. My local is Padre Coffee. In the summer, I love to go to Edinburgh Gardens and hang out in the sun with friends. I also love going to the NGV for art.

Which 3 icons or figures would you want to sit next to at a dinner party and why?

David Bowie, Frida Kahlo, Ru Paul, Dali Lama, Patanjali.

Finish this sentence. "I feel the most like myself when..."

I'm getting up from Savasana and I get to OM. I often feel at home and most at ease. I really love chanting.

And lastly because it's fun, what animal do you identify with?

Labrador or Golden Retriever.

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