✨ Thanks for being here! ✨
Laura Johanna (she/her)
Like many people, my first introduction to yoga was through postural yoga practices, through which I found a profound shift in my experiences with anxiety, self-doubt, and fear.
Over the years, thanks to my teachers, I also became interested in the spiritual teachings and practices connected with yoga and Tibetan Buddhism. I'm still and will always remain a student, and I'm passionate about sharing the richness of spiritual practice with those who are hungry for it.
I've been teaching since 2013. I'm a graduate of the 350-hour Swan River Yoga Teacher Training in New Orleans, the 75 and 300-hour Jivamukti Teacher Trainings, the 2-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program, and several other smaller trainings along the way. I'm the co-owner of Sama Studio, a completely donation-based studio in the New Orleans area. For the last several years I've been studying the curriculum of Tibetan Buddhist Monastics through the Asian Classics Institute. I'm also a licensed clinical social worker.
But I believe a person's qualifications don't lie in certificates so much as their lived commitment to the teachings, and that's what I'm interesting in exploring with you: the magical realm of your own mind, and how to apply the teachings to your everyday life.
I'm passionate about meditation and studying ancient dharma -- and I still like to practice postural yoga as well!
I have experience leading folks through dharma study in a way that targets areas in their life they want to change; helping folks build a meditation and devotional practice; and working with the therapeutic principles of yoga to help folks improve injuries and meet other needs of the body.