Yoga

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It took me a long time to join a yoga class but once Rosina Bonsu introduced me to the Ashtanga Primary Series, I never looked back. With just one session I was hooked! A few years later, in 2015, I met Kia Naddermier and began to practice pranayama daily. The combination of physical posture work and the breath changed my life, decreasing stress, improving her sleep quality and her stamina. Apart from learning from Rosina (her teacher until February 2020) and Kia, I also studies with RoseAnn Mackean and Sudhir Tiwari. I have over 15 years of experience as a mover, as I am a performance artist and an Athenaeum Research Fellow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. I have been an art teacher for many years, including at The Glasgow School of Art and Transart Institute. These experiences have made me sensitive to the inner workings of the body, whether anatomical, energetic or emotional.

I completed her Classical Yoga School teacher training in 2017. I have studied yin yoga with Gem Maryam and adjustments with David Swenson. I am a qualified pranayama teacher in the Kaivalyadham lineage. I learn Indian scriptures and philosophy with James Boag and Sanskrit and Vedic chanting with Lucy Crisfield. My classes work on a complete yoga, one that encompasses body, mind and breath, nourishing them all and awakening our spiritual sense. Although I teaches a variety of forms, my passions are a combination of assisted yoga practice (Mysore style, where teacher and student form an individual relation and the teachings are guided by the practitioner) and pranayama. They both have in common a feeling of delight, a body that invites the breath, a centred mind and gratitude for the practice itself.

Come to my classes whether you are new to yoga, want to return to the practice or are a regular practitioner who wants a dedicated, nurturing, and calming space to do yoga. I welcome all levels and styles and teach fully integrated yoga, with mindful asana practice which also goes beyond into the classic breathing practices, meditation, chanting, philosophy and scriptures.

Image credits: Mysore Yoga Paris, Prana for Life, Merchant City Yoga, Brian Hartley, Usyoga, Yogalite, Neil Scott, Emily Furneaux

Class schedule

I teach a monthly pranayama class and a monthly class on sounds of yoga at Studio 70, which is in Glasgow’s Southside, on 70 Victoria Road (in person) and also at Yoga Rose in Blantyre (in person and online).

Pranayama is a beautiful, nourishing and balancing breath practice, and, although it is advanced, I will teach each session to all levels of ability, explaining the principles and safe ways to practice. Here is a bit more on pranayama.

Studio 70 (in person): BOOK HERE

PRANAYAMA

Sunday 14 April, 3-4.15pm
Sunday 19 May, 3-4.15pm
Sunday 02 June 2024, 3-4.15pm

SOUNDS OF YOGA

Sunday 28 April 2024, 3-4.15pm
Sunday 26 May 2024, 3-4.15pm
Sunday 30 June 2024, 3-4.15pm

Yoga Rose (in person and online): BOOK HERE and email me if you are attending online so I send you the link

Saturday 13 April, 9.30-10.45
Saturday 25 May, 9.30-10.45
Saturday 29 June, 9.30-10.45

To be fully confirmed:
Saturday 27 July, 9.30-10.45
Saturday 24 August, 9.30-10.45
Saturday 28 September, 9.30-10.45
Saturday 26 October, 9.30-10.45
Saturday 30 November, 9.30-10.45

Keep an eye out on my Instagram and Facebook pages for announcements of new classes and classes I will cover.


ONE TO ONE

I am available for one-to-one yoga and/or pranayama sessions (introductory or following up your practice). I am flexible on time and place and I can also do online. Get in touch!

Price for these is £50 for one session (1 hour) and I can come to you or offer it at the Arlington Baths in Glasgow’s West End. If you have lost your income please contact me as I would not want money to be an obstacle for you.


Past classes and courses


Testimonials

Laura is a wonderfully attentive and present teacher with a deep and lived knowledge of both the body and the practice. Everyone’s Monday morning should start with being told you’re beautiful, lovely, and doing everything right. Thank you, Laura!
—Sophie, on my Assisted Yoga Practice class


Wonderful teacher & deep pool of knowledge for all things yoga.
—Will, on my regular ashtanga classes


She’s a great teacher! Very supportive, patient and encouraging.
–Jude, on my beginners ashtanga course


Thank you for setting me on this path.
–Jane, on my pranayama class


You have made this really accessible. It has come along at the right time for me. I am loving it. So much so I am even practicing on my own.
–Liz, on my pranayama class


As her husband I’m obviously biased BUT I am also the only person who knows how incredibly dedicated Laura is to the daily practice of yoga.
–Neil, on my yoga practice

Yoga Journal

My training

I have been practicing Ashtanga yoga since 2013 and I am a teacher of this form. My teachers are Rosina Bonsu, Kia Naddermier, Radha Warrell and Pierre Seghir and Rose Ann Mackean. I learn pranayama with Kia and Sudhir Tiwari, and yoga philosophy and Sanskrit recitation and chanting with James Boag and Lucy Crisfield. I have also practiced under David Swenson, John Scott, and Lino Miele, among others. Ashtanga shows me discipline, compassion, patience, and letting go.


Teacher Training

  • September 2016–July 2017: Classical Yoga School 200hr teacher training with Judi Farrell (Classical Yoga School)
  • April–October 2017: In-depth Development Training, 60hrs with Kia Naddermier
  • September–October 2018: 50-hr Yin Yoga Foundations Teacher Training
  • April–November 2022: Pranayama Teacher Training with Sudhir Tiwari in the Kaivalyadham lineage
  • July 2022: Ashtanga Primary Series 40-hour Teacher Training with David Swenson

Additional workshops, intensives and retreats (continuing professional development)

2024

  • October 23–May 24: Living the Yoga Sūtra – 8 month immersion with James Boag
  • November 23–April 24: Ayurveda CPD 40 hrs with Prana for Life
  • 22-24 March 24: Living the Eight Limbs, immersion with James Boag
  • March–June:  Maheśvara with Lucy Crisfield (24 hours)
  • March–June: Sanskrit with Lucy Crisfield (24 hours)
  • 12 April–27 September 24: Chanting the Yoga Sutra with M.A. Jayashree
  • 10-12 June 24: Immersion with Sudhir Tiwari

2023

  • January: Stories from the Upanisad-s with James Boag
  • February-March: Ashtanga Yoga & Pranayama Sadhana, Purple Valley Tenerife retreat
  • March-December: The cosmic dance: maheśvara with Lucy Crisfield (24 hours)
  • March-December: Sanskrit with Lucy Crisfield (24 hours)
  • April: Why read the classics? Practical Patanjali with James Boag (8 hours)
  • April: An Ancient Practice in Modern Living, immersion with Sudhir Tiwari
  • May: Why read the classics? The Mahabharata and the Bhagavad Gita with James Boag (8 hours)
  • July: Abhyanga Full Body Ayurvedic Massage Training Course with Prana for Life

2022

  • September-November: The cosmic dance: maheśvara with Lucy Crisfield (12 hours)
  • March-June: pāṭhaḥ and prayatna mantra course with Lucy Crisfield (16 hours)
  • March-June: Sound and silence meditation course with Lucy Crisfield (6 hours)
  • March-July: Bhagavad Gītā Chapter 5+6 (40 hours) with James Boag
  • July: Ashtanga Yoga & Pranayama Sadhana in depth, Sierra Nevada, Spain with Kia Naddermier
  • May-December: Sanskrit with Lucy Crisfield (24 hours)

2021

  • January-February: Yoga Sutras of Patanjali chapter 1 (10 hours) with Sri Sudhir Tiwari
  • February: Classical Pranayama with Philip Xerri
  • January-April: Purana (40 hours) with James Boag
  • March-June: Sounds of Sanskrit. The Language of Yoga with Lucy Crisfield (16 hours)
  • 27 March: Spring into Aṣtānga Yoga Workshop with Sarah Hatcher
  • February-April: Meditation & Pranayama Training. Establishing and Developing Practice with Kia Naddermier
  • April-May: Classical Pranayama with Philip Xerri
  • May-June: Āditya Hṛdayam (20 hours)  with James Boag
  • May: The Yogic Breath – Prāṇāyāma in Medieval Yoga with Jason Birch and Jacqueline Hargreaves
  • 17 July – 13 August: Ashtanga Yoga & Pranayama Sadhana in depth, Sierra Nevada, Spain with Kia Naddermier
  • September-November: Mṛtyuñjaya mantra with Lucy Crisfield (20 hours)
  • September 21-February 22: Learn to Read Sanskrit with Lucy Crisfield (20 hours)
  • October-December: Yoga Sutras of Patanjali chapter 2 (10 hours) with Sri Sudhir Tiwari
  • December 21-January 22: Yoga is a four letter word with James Boag (16 hours)

2020

  • April: The Bhagavad Gita – Diving Deeper Immersion Chapter 3 – The Yoga of Action (20 hours) with James Boag
  • May: Yoga Sūtra Chapter 2 (20 hours) with James Boag
  • June: Bhagavad Gītā Chapter 4 (20 hours) with James Boag
  • 18-31 July: Ashtanga Yoga & Pranayama Sadhana in depth, Sierra Nevada, Spain with Kia Naddermier
  • August–September: Foundational Pranayama Course (16 hours) with Sri Sudhir Tiwari
  • October-November: Yoga Foundations and Inquiry (16 hours) with James Boag
  • November: Traditional Hatha Yoga: 4-Day Course with Sri Sudhir Tiwari
  • December: Satsang (8 hours) with James Boag

2019

  • 03–05 January: Ashtanga Primary Series Intensive with Sue Crow
  • 24–27 January: Intensive Ashtanga Yoga Master Class, Mysore Style Self Practice, Adjustments and Pranayama with Kia Naddermier
  • 27 March, 3 April and 10 April: The Bhagavad Gita: Diving in to Practical Yoga Philosophy with James Boag
  • 29–31 March: Yoga and the Sun: Integrated Weekend Intensive with James Boag
  • 07–09 June: YOGAPractice with Radha and Pierre
  • 08–18 July: Ashtanga Yoga & Pranayama Sadhana in depth, Sierra Nevada, Spain with Kia Naddermier
  • 12–18 August: Pranayama Introduction and Immersion with Sudhir Tiwari
  • 11-12 September: The Bhagavad Gita – Diving Deeper with James Boag
  • 26-27 October: The Art of Vinyasa: Tuning our attention to the Breath with Sarah Hatcher

2018

  • 23–25 November: Yoga weekend with Radha and Pierre
  • 21–23 September: Ashtanga Yoga and Pranayama–Intermediate Series Master classes, practice, principles, philosophy & adjustments with Kia Naddermier
  • 16 September: Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series with Tim Feldmann and Fearless Backbends with Kino MacGregor
  • 18–31 August: YogaPlus retreat with Radha and Pierre
  • 21–31 July: Ashtanga Yoga & Pranayama Sadhana in depth, Sierra Nevada, Spain with Kia Naddermier
  • 02–03 June: Yoga and Breathing Bones retreat with Rosina Bonsu
  • 28 April: Pranayama workshop with Siobhan Fitzgerald
  • 20 April: Octopus Yoga: Navigating the deep, dancing in the ocean of life and passing through the eye of a needle with James Boag
  • 09–11 March: YOGAPractice with Radha and Pierre
  • 25–28 January: Ashtanga Yoga and Pranayama Intensive with Kia Naddermier: Masterclass, self-practice, adjustments and pranayama

2017

  • 10–12 November: The Bhagavad Gita with James Boag
  • 03–05 November: Yoga and Breathing Bones retreat with Rosina Bonsu
  • 17 September: Mysore and Pranayama with Sarah Hatcher
  • 1–3 September: Mysore and workshops with Taylor Hunt
  • 14 June–05 July: YogaPlus retreat with Radha and Pierre
  • 25–28 May: Ashtanga Yoga and Pranayama Intensive with Kia Naddermier
  • 21 May: Pranayama workshop with Siobhan Fitzgerald
  • 21–23 April: Cultivating Harmony and Fulfilment in our World Today. Practical Yoga and Tantra with James Boag
  • 17–19 March: Yoga and Breathing Bones retreat with Rosina Bonsu

2016

  • 14–20 December: Mysore and Pranayama with Lino Miele (Kovalam, India)
  • 11–13 November: Practical Patañjali – Yoga Sūtra-s Chapter 2 with James Boag
  • 06–20 July: YogaPlus retreat with Radha and Pierre
  • 22–24 April: Yoga, Creativity & the Family Weekend Intensive with James Boag
  • 04–06 March: Ashtanga Yoga and Pranayama Intensive with Kia Naddermier

    2015
  • 20–22 November: Yoga Sūtra-s Intensive with James Boag
  • 30 October – 1 November: Pranayama & Ashtanga Yoga Primary & Intermediate Series Intensive with Kia Naddermier
  • 24–25 October: Cultivating the Seeds of Compassion and Authenticity Breeds Gravitation with Jambo Truong
  • 24 June-08 July: YogaPlus retreat with Radha and Pierre
  • 03–06 April: Pranayama and ashtanga yoga intensive with Kia Naddermier

2014

  • 06–07 September: Workshop with John Scott, Chi and Co, Glasgow