"If you can breathe, you can do yoga."
Yoga during our retreats:
We are happy to offer yoga and meditation as an optional part of all of our retreats.
Our classes are gentle to moderately paced, and are suitable for all levels (yes, beginners are welcome!). The yoga on our retreats is meant to be accessible and relaxing -- we do not ask you to perform complicated or acrobatic yoga postures! Our classes include techniques from various traditions: Hatha, Kundalini, Vini, and Restorative Yoga. Classes include elements such as asana (yoga postures), stretching, meditation, visualization, and mantra (chanting), and breath work. We aim to help our students stretch and strengthen their bodies in ways that feel completely safe and sustainable, and we are happy to accommodate injuries and special concerns.
About your instructor:
Our resident yoga therapist, Lauren Maher (C-IAYT, E-RYT 500), is passionate about guiding her students towards a greater sense of health, happiness, and self-awareness. Lauren has been teaching yoga and meditation since 2001. She has taught everyone from seniors to seasoned yoga practitioners to cancer patients. She draws from her knowledge of various yoga styles to create a practice that is appropriate for the shifting, daily needs of her students. Lauren’s classes focus on stress relief, breath awareness, proper and safe alignment in asanas, meditation and visualization. Lauren takes a non-dogmatic approach to yoga and infuses her classes with a sense of humor and lightness. Lauren views the real benefits of yoga as what you take with you outside of the class and into the world.
Lauren is internationally certified as both a yoga therapist and yoga instructor. She is trained in Kundalini Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Vini Yoga, and Restorative Yoga. Lauren earned her KRI Kundalini Yoga certification from Yoga West, and attended Loyola Marymount University’s two-year Yoga Therapy RX program, which focuses on the anatomy and physiology of the musco-skeletal system and the common problems of the respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, nervous, women’s reproductive and endocrine systems. Lauren has studied with many of the foremost experts in her field, including Judith Lasater, Larry Payne, Guru Singh, and Mark Whitwell. Lauren has taught in a variety of settings: yoga studios, wellness centers, hospitals, eating disorder clinics, & corporate settings, as well as in her own private practice.
Lauren specializes in teaching yoga to cancer patients during and post treatment. She has taught extensively at We Spark Cancer Support Center since 2004, where she has developed a gentle version of Kundalini Yoga which focuses on breath work, gentle stretching, and meditation, and has worked with all levels and abilities at the Disney Family Cancer Center at Providence Hospital.
Lauren has lent her writing, hosting, and acting skills to a variety of media outlets. Lauren’s articles can be found in publications and websites such as Yoga Therapy Today and Mind Body Green, and she can be seen in a variety of yoga videos. Lauren has served as an “Ask the Expert” contributor to Quantia MD, an online resource for physicians, and has lectured at Providence Mission Hills Hospital’s “Wellness Through Awareness” program. In addition to her work as a yoga therapist, Lauren has her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University and currently sees individuals, couples, and families as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (#AMFT97668, supervised by Susan Levin, LMFT #47760). She is passionate about exploring the mind/body/spirit connection in both her yoga therapy and her counseling work.