Laura VanDenBergh has been practicing yoga since she was a child. Her first memories of yoga are practicing in the living room with her mother to Ali McGraw’s “Yoga Mind and Body”. As her practice became more serious, she decided to travel to the Sivananda Ashram in 2007 to complete her Yoga Teacher Training. Over the years, her approach to teaching has constantly grown. She believes that everyone can benefit from a yoga practice; even little ones. Beginning a children’s class at the HOPE Farmers Market in 2012 led her to The Little Yoga House as well as another Teacher Training through Rainbow Kids Yoga. The Austin AcroYoga community taught her how to be even more playful and community focused. After spending time co-teaching AcroYoga workshops and beginners series there, Laura headed to the AcroYoga Montreal Teacher Training for Level I and II in 2013. She now lives in Los Angeles and teaches Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative, Kids' Yoga, and AcroYoga. Laura continues to read books, take workshops, and study with other yoga instructors and AcroYogis. Her favorite part about teaching is being an eternal student.
Laura’s philosophy involves encouraging her students to safely take risks, to find steadiness and ease in each pose, and to practice self love. Ultimately, creating a safe space is the most important goal. People of all shapes, sizes, genders, and abilities can find a place in this practice. Our culture places pressures on individuals to obtain unrealistic body shapes in unhealthy and drastic ways. Laura believes that this creates a fitness atmosphere that denies a lot of people the natural playfulness and joy that comes with physical activity. Don’t exercise so you can love your body later. Play so you can show yourself some real love now!