Laura Olson

Woodstock, NY
United States

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Laura Olson’s relationship with yoga began auspiciously in 2001 after losing a job and needing a reason to leave the house every morning. Her kinesthetic awareness didn’t begin there though… it was cultivated for decades as a dancer. Before she stepped into her first yoga studio Laura studied Dance at Sarah Lawrence College, attended the Mark Morris Summer Training program, and received a certificate from the London Contemporary School of Dance.

Laura immediately fell in love with yoga but it took her a few classes to realize that she didn’t want to wear footed dance tights any longer… She began practicing daily and in Fall of 2002 she completed her first teacher training in yoga. As a part of her teacher training she practiced with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois on one of his New York tours. She began daily Mysore practice later that year.

In 2003 Laura began teaching Ashtanga Yoga around New York City. In 2007 she traveled to Mysore to practice at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute with Pattabhi Jois; his daughter, Saraswati Jois; and grandson, Sharath Rangaswamy. She has done intensives with many of the AYRI Certified and long time teachers who helped bring Ashtanga to America, including: Nancy Gilgoff, Tim Miller, Guy Donahaye, David Garrigues, and Eddie Stern.

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