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Hi! I'm Laura

Hi, my name is Laura ๐Ÿ‘‹.

I'm a yoga teacher, writer, mama, and founder of YogaKali.

Some fun tidbits about me:

  • 10+ years of yoga practice under the belt
  • 1200+ hours of yoga classes taught, both real-life and virtual
  • Featured in major online publications, including Yoga Basics, Best Life, The Yogi Life For Me
  • An author of Weekend Wind Down - a newly launched weekly wellness newsletter for busy people with over 4000 subscribers.
  • I design some kick-ass yoga flows and printables, according to people ๐Ÿ˜‰ (check out my Freebie Library)
  • Fave yoga pose: Supta Baddha Konasana
  • I believe yoga & science are not exclusive
  • โค๏ธ plants, but I'm still figuring out how to keep them alive.

I believe self-care is a potent tool for creating positive change within individual consciousness ๐Ÿง  and without society as a whole ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ.

โ€œAs within, so without.โ€

By learning to love and take care of our own body and soul, we open up to deeper relationships with those around us and re-establish the lost connection with all living beings and our planet.

Whether it's simply learning to listen to our bodies or choosing to buy eco-friendly and ethical products, it is the collection of small personal transformations that eventually create a big impact.


About YogaKali

What if you woke up every day knowing your body and mind could handle daily activities and challenges with ease?

Instead of feeling stiff, achy, and overwhelmed, you'd have the energy to pursue your passion and mental resources to be a good partner/parent/friend and a better human?

YogaKali gives you powerful tools and expert advice to achieve a fulfilling, pain-free, and feel-good life you've dreamt about through:

  • ๐Ÿคธ yoga
  • ๐Ÿง˜ mindfulness
  • ๐ŸŒฟ a sustainable lifestyle.

I looove YogaKali beginner guides, especially the yoga one. I'm a newbie and it's so hard to find information that's truly accessible. I've started your Sun Salutation challenge and it's been going quite well. One of my goals is to improve my joint mobility and I already see some small results. Thanks!

Sandy

Never done yoga before?

No sweat! We all have to start somewhere.

You may want to check out my introductory guides to yoga and yoga equipment. Just click on the images below:

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My yoga story

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My first encounter with yoga took place in 2008. I don't exaggerate when I say that it was love ๐Ÿ’“ at first asana.

For the first time in my 20s I left the studio feeling strong ๐Ÿ’ช and powerful โ€“ one of the best emotions a girl can experience.

I was a full-blown recipe for disaster at the time:

  • bouncing back and forth in an abusive relationship that I couldnโ€™t end (because no one will love me again)
  • depressed (because life didnโ€™t make any sense)
  • anxious and struggling with poor self-esteem (because I wasnโ€™t slim/pretty/girly enough).

In an attempt to whittle my waist (because every girl needs one), I strained my body with crunches and twists.

And let me get this straight, it was no fun.

Literally every time I had to force myself to work out ๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ. I felt no progress and saw zero results. Little did I know that blocky waistline canโ€™t be changed and, in fact, is totally fine.

I put myself under so much pressure to fit a specific image the society has created that in return, I earned a nagging back pain that made my gym and home exercise routine impossible to follow.

So here I was:

  • miserable
  • empty
  • with uncontrollable eating habits ๐Ÿ”
  • with an ugly blocky waistline
  • struggling to get out of bed every morning.

By virtue of destiny, I got dragged out of my apartment by my friendโ€™s mother who was a Pilates instructor. My back got better, which alas couldnโ€™t be said about my depression and self-esteem.

I felt like thereโ€™s something lacking in my life. While Pilates made exercise pleasurable, it didnโ€™t really cater to my mental needs.

My instructor mentioned that Pilates often overlaps with yoga, though the latter has a stronger focus on mindfulness. 

My first research on yoga awoke a wave of skepticism in me.

Yoga seemed like a hoax ๐Ÿคท. Media presented it as a panacea, a universal cure from broken heart, body pains and even aging. I spend several evenings hunching over my laptop reading about what real โ€˜hardโ€™ science had to say about the health benefits of the practice.

But having read over 40 studies, I found  there was indeed something going on with the human body after a yoga class:

  • hormonal changes
  • better pain responses
  • decreased sympathetic activity.

After my first yoga class I realized โ€“ this is me. The first breathing pranayama, blood rush from Sun Salutations and surrender in Corpse Pose Savasana. My mind was scattered, breathing was uneven, and my muscles were too weak. But we all have to start somewhere, havenโ€™t we?

There was a long journey ahead. A journey towards self-acceptance, self-love, and self-assurance. 

I finally tapped into my wild side and did things I didnโ€™t dare to do/accept before:

  • got out of the destructive relationship
  • quit the dead-end job I hated
  • celebrated my body
  • took a change towards a healthy and sustainable lifestyle
  • met the love of my life.

My husband once told me that the moment he saw me, he was amazed at the confidence, strength, and radiance I projected.

This thought makes me smile up until now. Because I still remember that withdrawn, depressed, and ailing self and a fairy-tale-ish transformation. The transformation for which I will be forever grateful to yoga.

YogaKali is my attempt to inspire you to find your inner fire๐Ÿ”ฅ:

  • to find the energy to face daily challenges and fight for what you believe in
  • to wake up every day feeling your best
  • to live the life you deserve.

I donโ€™t have all the answers and still have so much to learn.

But whether youโ€™re struggling with the aching body or the aching mind, Iโ€™m happy to share what Iโ€™ve learned along the way.

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