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Lauren James
Lauren James
Lauren is a group fitness and yoga teacher who's true passion is sharing yoga with others. She completed her 200 hour training with Prairie Yoga, where her training emphasized alignment and mindful movements.

She turned to yoga in college out of curiosity and with a focus on fitness. Her practice flourished while in graduate school and training for marathons. She gravitated toward restorative yoga to complement her strenuous running schedule. The practice of restorative yoga allowed her to truly get in touch with her physical state and taught her how to mentally slow down. After years of exclusively practicing restorative yoga, she eventually added vinyasa yoga to her practice and continues to practice both styles of yoga regularly.

She was once asked, "What has yoga taught you?" Her immediate reaction was to say something physical, such as body awareness, or how to align the body properly, even in everyday situations. However, when given a deeper moment to think, it became impossible to choose. Yes, body awareness and proper physical alignment are important, but yoga has taught Lauren a tremendous amount more. Yoga has taught her how to turn inside when negativity surrounds her. Yoga has taught her that her voice has a right to be heard and to speak her truth. Yoga has taught her the importance of slowing down and being mindful. Yoga has taught her how to be a happier version of herself. This is why she teaches yoga to others: in the hopes that other people can find the happiness, gratitude, self-love, and kind heartedness that Lauren learned on her mat.