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.
Class opens with some stretches for the back, hamstrings, hips, and quads. We do some cat and dog tilts to warm up the back and move into a sun salutation-based flow. Standing poses follow, then backbends and we cool down with an inversion and savasana.
Start with stretches for the hips and back. Continue with some sun salutations and a balanced group of standing poses. Move to the floor and work towards astavakrasana, the eight-limbed arm balance pose. Finish with backbends and shoulder stand. Enjoy!
This is a focused flow class. Coming in just over 40 minutes, it's a perfect class for strength and balance when you don't have time for a longer practice. Extra attention to hamstrings, balance poses, and twists. Enjoy!
This is a steady, strong flow class. We go through sun salutations and standing poses including a flowy, graceful string of poses that stretch the IT band and hip flexors. Forward bends, backbends, twists and balance poses. All in 46 minutes. Enjoy.
In this short session we engage in quick bursts of energy to strengthen and build heat, followed by intermittent rests to recover. This concentrated practice demands focus and mental flexibility (since it's shorter, there's less time to build heat, so be sure to listen to your body if something feels like too much!). Great for a day when you need a short strong practice.
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. Enjoy,Lauren
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! Enjoy, Lauren
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.