Lauren Peterson is a well-respected yoga instructor living and teaching in Malibu California. She has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, and teaching since 1992. She had the privilege to study with, and assist, Chuck Miller for over 10 years. Chuck taught her through fourth series in the ashtanga yoga system. She is also playing with the first few poses of fifth series as shown to her by Richard Freeman.
Lauren has been featured in the television series Healing Quest, and in Yoga Journal Magazine, for the yoga program she started at the Monte Nido Eating Disorders Center for women struggling with eating disorders. As a model she is in magazines, calendars and in "Yoga", a Yoga Journal book by Linda Sparrowe.
Lauren is the creator of "The Yogi's Companion", a yoga practice CD, which was chosen "Editor's Choice" by "Yoga Journal Magazine". Along with her group and private classes, she teaches yoga workshops worldwide.
This class introduces some arm balances that demand equal amounts of strength and flexibility. There is a lot of preparation for the hips, hamstrings and shoulders. Though a few of the poses are quite challenging, we playfully approach the more advanced poses, giving everyone space to explore.
We start this practice on our backs with gentle core strengthening and poses to warm up the hips. On the hands and knees we loosen up the spine, then move to downward facing dog and into standing poses. Peak poses are Eagle pose on our backs and feet, and we even play with it in handstand and shoulder stand!
We begin the class with hamstring stretches, twists and some core. Getting up onto the feet, we flow into surya namaskar C. This sun salutation promotes pliability in the hip flexors, quads and shoulders. We follow the sun salutation with a fairly long, standing pose flow. Following this flow, we recline into supta baddha konasa, more backbends, and an inversion. Class concludes with savasana and a closing. Enjoy.
This class starts with spinal stretches into sun salutations. We journey through a flow that includes a variation on side arm balance into a twisty stretch, eagle pose and Warriors 1,2 and 3. Ustrasana starts a series of backbends, and we cool down before savasana. Happy practice, Lauren
In this class, which progresses to deep backbends, we begin with a series of stretches to open the quads, hip flexors and warm up the back. Next, sun salutations and standing poses to get the blood circulating and the whole body engaged. We then move to the backbends, including different variations on bow pose. We cool down with finishing poses and savasana.
In this flow class, we do a lot of twists and a few arm balances incorporating twists. We start slowly on our backs with some core and warm-ups for the back. This class does have a few advanced poses, but I offer a lot of modifications, and step by step instruction. Class concludes with backbends, shoulderstand, and savasana. Enjoy
This short flow starts with poses to quickly warm up the joints and muscles, preparing us to flow. From there we transition into sun salutations and standing poses. Core work and crow pose are integrated into the flow. We cool down with pigeon, finishes with backbends, shoulder stand, and savasana.
We get right into moving, starting on our feet, in a wide-legged forward bend. Stretches follow to warm the hips, hamstrings, and back. Moving to the front of the mat, in a sun salute format, we do some core work and a gentle backbend, to prepare for full sun salutations. Integrated into the flow, we weave eagle pose (garudasana), and flying pigeon, (eka pada galavasana) and standing poses. Now fully warm, we work at deepening our backbends by using the wall. If appropriate you can work on standing up from upward bow, dropping back and handstand. We conclude with a supported inversion or shoulder stand. A lot of class, in under an hour. Enjoy.
We open with some stretches designed to warm up the hamstrings and back. From there we move into some flow sequences which include side plank, standing poses, revolved arm balance, and some standing balances. We conclude with backbends and finishing poses. A lot it just under an hour. Enjoy!