My name is Laura and I am the yoga teacher at Sunbird Yoga.
When I’m not being a yoga teacher you can find me with my nose in a book, my hands in the soil or thinking about /preparing/ eating food.
I’m not a fan of having my picture taken, but here’s one to show I’m not always folded into some pose, or wearing leggings.(I do wear leggings a lot though).
What can you expect from my classes?
Yoga cannot provide a cure for life, but it does provide a proven method for coping with it.
-Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Yoga is not just asana practice, but a tool to help us reconnect to ourselves.
Through the physical practice of yoga asana (postures) we can learn a lot about ourselves- not just about our physical bodies, but our mind, attitudes and behavioural patterns. In other words- how are are off the mat. We can use the ancient system of yoga to bring balance to the body and the mind by incorporating the practice of yoga postures (asanas) and breathing exercises (pranayama),and deeper spiritual practices, such as meditation (dhyana). In my classes I weave in and explore the other limbs of yoga and yoga philosophies for a complete practice and to honour the roots of yoga.
Who are my classes for?
I am really just a guide; your body is your teacher, so no matter what your experience of yoga you will be able to take something from the class. I strongly and passionately believe that YOGA IS FOR EVERYONE and it is never too late (or early!) to start yoga. I have taught students of all ages and abilities and I am working towards making my classes as accessible as possible to anyone who would like to practice with me.
A brief history of my yoga journey
I first encountered yoga at a lunchtime Yin Yoga class on the university campus where I worked. Out of shape in all ways possible – physically, mentally, spiritually – I was blown away by the effect that this one class and the teacher had on me. So I went back for more. A lot more. Yoga helped me reconnect with myself and gave me the confidence to actually live for the first time in a long time. This was in 2011.
I now live with my husband on an off-grid finca in the mountains above Tortosa, Catalunya, where we are guardians of olive, almond and fruit trees, grow organic veggies and share our lives with furry and feathered friends. Yoga wasn’t the only reason we got to where we are but it played a massive part for me in realising that I could live a different life.
This was my inspiration for taking on Yoga Teacher Training; I wanted to be able to share this knowledge with others. It was a tough, emotional and challenging experience like nothing I could have imagined, but that exceeded all my expectations.
I completed my 200hr Teacher Training at the Ayuryoga Eco Ashram on the banks of the Kabini river, outside Mysore in Southern India. If anyone is looking for a yoga retreat or teacher training course in India, I cannot recommend the AyurYoga Eco Ashram enough. It is an incredibly special place with wonderful teachers.
Returning from my time in India I started teaching as Sunbird Yoga, offering yoga classes to those living in the beautiful countryside of Terres de l’Ebre.
I have since completed trainings in Yin Yoga, Myofascial Release, Yoga Anatomy and Thai Yoga Massage.