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about me

✨ 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.


Click here if you'd like to learn more about what we could work on together in one-on-one sessions, and follow along on Instagram to hear about my workshop, retreat, and training offerings. 

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