From Sanskrit, the word “yoga” translates as union of mind, body and spirit.
Yoga is an ancient and timeless art, science, philosophy, and medicine that emphasizes performing one’s daily responsibilities with awareness, integrity and compassion. Iyengar yoga is the world’s most widely practiced method of yoga taught in the tradition of B.K.S. Iyengar, the author of the classic “Light on Yoga”. He has made yoga accesible and relevant to people everywhere, no matter what their physical or mental ability. The system of teaching is methodical and progressive, emphasizing detailed correctness and absolute safety. When necessary, the Iyengar method uses props to facilitate learning and allow students to progress safely in their bodies.
Laurie Freed is an Intermediate Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. Laurie began her Iyengar yoga journey in 1988 with Gabriel Helpern in Chicago, after years of participation in dance and gymnastics. In 1994, she began studying meditation and asana at The Himalayan Institute, founded by Swami Rama, and became a HITA certified yoga teacher in 1999. Laurie went on to study and teach various styles of yoga; Vinyasa, Power Yoga, HITA and Ashtanga while attending many national yoga conferences and workshops to explore numerous teachers and styles of Yoga.
After careful consideration, in 2003, Laurie returned to the study of Iyengar Yoga, believing it to be the best way to share yoga with others and deepen her own practice. After attending several years of additional training at Iyengar Yoga Honolulu, Laurie became a certified Iyengar yoga instructor. In 2011 she spent 2 months in Pune, India studying with the Iyengar family, and continues her studies with local and national Senior Iyengar teachers.
In addition to her yoga certifications, Laurie is a graduate of Sacred Path Healing School in Honolulu, and a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is also registered with Yoga Alliance as RYT 500.