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Laura Christensen

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Laura Christensen
1060 Soda Canyon Rd.
Napa, California 94558
United States

Company Description: Laura has been a dedicated student of yoga since 1990 and has enjoyed 22 years of study under many senior teachers in many different yoga styles. She is honored to...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Student
    Laura Christensen
  • Position, Corporate World
    Robertson Stephens
  • Instructor
    YOGASTUDIO Mill Valley
  • Teacher
    YOGASTUDIO Mill Valley
  • Teacher
    Tahoe
  • Certification Committee

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • B.S. , Psychology
    Santa Clara University
48 Total References
Web References
Yoga Teachers | Yoga of Sausalito
yogaofsausalito.com, 13 April 2014 [cached]
Laura Christensen
Laura is a passionate, inspiring, highly skilled national and international yoga teacher who has a strong commitment to her beloved, local community in Marin, California and surrounding areas. She is dedicated to uplifting and empowering her students and cultivating a safe place for deep and real connection within and without. Expect to be profoundly transformed on and off the mat as she skillfully and supportively challenges you and evokes the best version of yourself. Her powerful presence, authentic voice and focus on integrity motivate students to discover new depths within their hearts and new heights in their asana (posture) practices. Her focus includes great attention to the breath, core work, balanced energy, intelligent alignment and practical life-supporting inspiration. Laura's keen knowledge and crystal clear instruction will keep you safe physically and often helps students to heal injuries. She is well known for orchestrating life-changing yoga retreats in some of the most beautiful places in the world.
Education and Background: Laura has been a dedicated student of yoga since 1990 and has enjoyed 24 plus years of study under many senior teachers in many different yoga styles. She is honored to be the November 2012 Yoga Journal cover model and featured teacher, and to be featured in several Yoga Journal issues and online videos over the last 10 years. Laura was Certified in Anusara Yoga for 7 years, served on the Certification Committee for 5 years, and has mentored many teachers on their way to Certification. She has since moved beyond the system and broadened her focus to include great attention to the breath, core work and non-dogmatic alignment. She is enthusiastically committed to broadening her studies and her breadth of offerings as a teacher. She thrives as a student and values the opportunities to learn experientially from her phenomenal students and the many extraordinary teachers in the yoga community. She enjoys learning from the many different systems of yoga and other modalities. Laura graduated Summa Cum Laude from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in Psychology. Before teaching yoga full-time, she worked in the corporate world at Robertson Stephens and Charles Schwab. www.laurachristensen.com.
Community & What They're Saying
laurachristensen.com, 27 Mar 2014 [cached]
"I have been a student of Laura's for two years now, and had the great privilege and honor of being a part of her 108-hour Anusara Yoga Immersion in fall of 2007 and also spent a week on retreat in Careyes, Mexico with her in April of this year. She is a wonderful, loving, passionate, and inspiring teacher, clear in her instruction and very hands-on, who manages to deliver a personal lesson to each person even in a group class. I never fail to be delighted and challenged when I practice with her. She is also so very good at building community, and I so enjoy being part of the kula that she has created - I've made so many lovely friends, thanks to Laura. She's the best!"
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"Laura Christensen is 5 stars, "as good as it gets".
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"Laura is an incredibly skilled, dedicated, and seriously playful yoga teacher.
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"Each class with Laura Christensen is a chance to go deeper, to know yourself more fully and to be an integral part of the larger community. The moment you look into her sparkling eyes, you see the depth and feel the authenticity of this radiant being! Laura truly shines like the sun and connects to her students in the most nurturing way.
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In classes, she works beautifully with the energy fields of the practitioners while simultaneously mentoring individuals to assure proper form and technique; in private sessions, she integrates specific alignment teachings and Anusara perspectives with one's own unique context of personal transformation; in her retreats, Laura brings her students to visually spectacular and therapeutic natural landscapes and therein guides her students toward a new sense of physical and spiritual rejuvenation. In essence, as a professional yoga teacher, Laura is fantastic at using both body and spirit to reveal hidden elixirs, elixirs which, when discovered and consumed, increase in bounty. ~ Stefano R.
"Laura is a teacher with unusual integrity and heart. It is rare in my experience to come upon an instructor with such unwavering mindfulness of the emotional, physical, and spiritual dimensions. In every class with Laura, I feel inspired to stretch beyond previous limits. She creates an atmosphere of warmth, generosity, and positivity. Laura is also tough! She models what it is like to move through obstacles with strength and grace, and she promotes energy and resilience in her students. Laura has a wonderful sense of humor and a nurturing and loving personality. With all these elements she brings together, to engage in yoga with Laura means to enter into a process of profound transformation. ~ Amy B.
"How does one describe the essence of Laura: beautiful, bright, shining from the heart, full of grace, joyful, loving, encouraging, inspiring, supportive, dedicated, and a truly consummate teacher and spiritual guide! experienced immense joy and fulfillment as a participant in Laura's 2008 Anusara Immersion and have met so many lovely friends through the Immersion and through Laura's classes. I feel honored to be a part of the beautiful kula that surrounds Laura, and it is a privilege to be taught, uplifted, and empowered by a teacher who is so gifted and caring. We are truly blessed to have you in our midst, Laura. A thousand pranams to you!"
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Laura is one of the most dedicated, passionate and inspirational yoga teachers out there. Perhaps my favorite thing about Laura is that she truly lives the yoga in her own life. She allows the teachings to inspire how she lives. She sees the good and the light in all people and situations, and has an amazing ability to draw the best out of all of her students. Laura's enthusiasm and high energy level are contagious! No matter how tired or out of sorts I feel going into her class, I always feel more fully myself coming out. Laura's classes are incredibly challenging, though not in a way that feels hard. I am so engaged throughout the class that I don't have a moment to realize how hard I am working until it is all over. Simply standing in Tadasana works me harder than a whole flow might in other classes. Best of all, Laura creates a real sense of community in her classes.
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"Laura has been my favorite yoga teacher since my first class with her two years ago. I don't know how she does it, but she always manages to evoke the best effort I can give. And I leave her classes all sparkly and happy. Laura's teaching comes from deep within her, sweet and strong and fun! While I can see that she plans her classes carefully (she never seems to be winging it), Laura is always on the spot, attentive to the needs of each individual, weaving the present moment into her artful lesson plan.
~ Jane M.
"Laura is one of the bright, shining gems of the SF Bay Area Anusara Yoga community. Not only does she have a wealth of knowledge about yoga and the human body, but she has an amazing ability to inspire the best in her students. When you go to a class or retreat with Laura, you don't just get a workout of the body - you also get filled with joy, openness, and inspiration to be the best person you can be and to live your life to the fullest! I have been blessed with many class hours with Laura, including a private lesson and a luxurious week-long retreat in the most beautiful place in Mexico, all of which I *highly* recommend!!"
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"Laura is a truly amazing, a true guru in all aspects. She has a bright shining smile that lights up the room and makes you feel loved and welcome in her class. Her themes are honest, heartfelt and beautifully woven throughout the class. As a physical therapist, I can attest that she has healing hands and a thorough knowledge of therapeutics. She is sure to keep you safe if you are recovering from injury, and will keep a watchful eye on you while you deepen your practice with her. I had the pleasure of being a faithful student while she taught in the bay area, and will travel to Sausalito to get little bits of Laura Love!
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"The privilege has been ALL mine studying, practicing and playing with Laura! As a teacher, Laura's ability to illuminate principles of alignment for harmonious integration on the mat is poignant and playful. Her classes inspire and motivate the exploration of limitless potential within mindful boundaries. Laura's radiance is contagious and a full heart is one common by-product of any time spent with her. From her warmth and approachability as a teacher, to her depth of knowledge in yogic philosophy and asana, Laura opens a door to a whole new practice for each student!
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Through her joyful and genuine teaching, she empowers us to find the beauty and strength within ourselves, so that we may inspire and reflect that in others. my practice has gotten stronger since studying with Laura.
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"Every class with Laura is more inspiring.
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"Laura is the consummate student AND teacher and her dedication to her personal practice, education, and journey benefits us all who learn from her and basque in her bright light.
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Oh, Laura has brought it!! The best part about Laura is that she has the beautiful balance between the muscular and organic- she gets you to play your edge and you enjoy it. Wherever Laura goes, a community follows because that is what she inspires.
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"Laura is the kindest, most genuine yoga teacher I have ever had.
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"I admire Laura for her incredibly positive and grateful attitude, her attention to detail, and her putting her full strength, effort and gracefulness into everything she does. I have learned so much from her about living life by practicing yoga with her!" ~ Robin G.
"I stumbled upon Laura's class out of necessity back in March this year after I finished training with Team in Training for a cross-country ski marathon event. I have time on hand and need to keep up with my work outs. I have been practicing Yoga for a number of years now and am usually the quiet student in the class. I have tried plenty of yoga classes in San Francisco and Laura's class is by far one of the best. Laura has the natural charm that brings out the best of her student's practice.
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It was so well organized and the Anusara method as taught through Laura was so clear and illuminating.
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"Thank you for this amazing experience, Laura.
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"Laura is an incredibly skilled and inspiring Anusara Yoga instructor. She not only has a amazing wealth of knowledge regarding the body and alignment principles, but also possesses an in depth understanding of yoga philosophy and spirituality. She exudes warmth and enthusiasm and is truly inspirational! I highly recommend taking an immersion with Laura." ~ Wendy D.
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Yoga of Sausalito - Teacher Bio
yogaofsausalito.com, 3 Dec 2011 [cached]
Laura Christensen (Abbey)
Laura is a Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher and serves on the Anusara Yoga Certification Committee. She has been practicing and studying various forms of yoga for over 18 years. She apprenticed with John Friend, founder of Anusara Yoga, for more than one year, on tour, full-time and has studied with him directly for over 8 years and 2,500 hours. She continues to be an extremely dedicated student and teacher.
With large doses of articulated radiance, Laura inspires students to recognize and unveil the wellspring of unique potency inside and merge it with the ever-flowing gift of Grace.
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Laurel's journey has been inspired by many teachers, including Darren Main, Laura Christensen, and Stacie Vining.
Bali Retreat 2013
www.laurachristensen.com, 9 Nov 2010 [cached]
with Laura Christensen,
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Laura Christensen is a passionate, inspiring, highly skilled national and international yoga teacher who has a strong commitment to her beloved, local community in Marin, California and surrounding areas. She is dedicated to uplifting and empowering her students and cultivating a safe place for deep and real connection within and without. Expect to be profoundly transformed on and off the mat as she skillfully and supportively challenges you and evokes the best version of yourself. Her powerful presence, authentic voice and focus on integrity motivate students to discover new depths within their hearts and new heights in their asana (posture) practices. Laura's keen knowledge and crystal clear instruction will keep you safe physically and often helps students to heal injuries. For more than a decade, students have repeatedly told Laura that her class themes nurture them on both a practical and spiritual level and have positively enhanced their lives emotionally, spiritually and physically. She is well known for orchestrating life-changing yoga retreats in some of the most beautiful places in the world. Her students joyfully reveal that through their attendance at these retreats, her extended courses, or practicing with her regularly, they have built trusted bonds of genuine friendship with many lovely news friends, and delight in a connection with a big-hearted, supportive community.
Education and Background: Laura has been a dedicated student of yoga since 1990 and has enjoyed 22 plus years of study under many senior teachers in many different yoga styles. She is honored to be the November 2012 Yoga Journal cover model and featured teacher, and to be featured in several Yoga Journal issues and online videos over the last 10 years. Laura was Certified in Anusara Yoga for 7 years, served on the Certification Committee for 5 years, and has mentored many teachers on their way to Certification. She has since moved beyond the system and broadened her focus to include great attention to the breath, core work, alignment and practical life-supporting philosophy. She is enthusiastically committed to broadening her studies and her breadth of offerings as a teacher. She thrives as a student and values the opportunities to learn experientially from her phenomenal students and the many extraordinary teachers in the yoga community. Currently, she is inspired by the teachings of Rod Stryker. Laura graduated Summa Cum Laude from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in Psychology. Before teaching yoga full-time, she worked in the corporate world at Robertson Stephens and Charles Schwab.
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Copyright © 2007 Laura Christensen. All rights reserved.
YOGASTUDIO TEACHERS
www.yogaway.com, 23 Dec 2007 [cached]
Laura Christensen (Abbey) (classes | bio)
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