In yoga I go through people’s bodies to get to their hearts and in coaching I go through their minds.
-Yoga Teacher and this Week’s Featured Yogi: Laura Erdman-Luntz
Has your yoga practice plateaued? If so, Minneapolis yoga teacher and life coach Laura Erdman-Luntz, MA, says challenge yourself to move out of your comfort zone. “The purpose of yoga,” Laura shares, “is to balance you and your life. Our tendency is to gravitate toward yoga that deepens our tendencies rather than counter them to bring us into balance.”
If you’re a high energy, Type-A personality, she explains, then try restorative yoga and Savasana to counter balance and challenge you. If you tend towards lethargy, challenge yourself to do more high-energy yoga. Sounds like sage advice and Laura should know. She’s been practicing yoga for over 20 years now and teaching yoga for 16 years. She’s logged over 8,000 hours of teaching experience and has taught and certified over 65 teachers through her work with the Yoga Alliance-registered teaching program.
Laura began her yoga practice in 1988 and she says, “It was love at first sight.” Her background in aerobics and exercise physiology made yoga a natural transition. “Since she has a background in both fitness and a degree in exercise physiology, she is particularly cognizant of how the body works,” Laura’s student Marya Asher shares, “I love that since I like to know how and why we do what we do. I am constantly learning new things about yoga, the body and my body through her teaching.”
Laura met her own teacher JJ Gormley in 1992 and soon began teaching. She continues to learn more about yoga through training with other favorite teachers including Judith Hanson Lasater, Jo Zukovitch, and Ramanand Patel.
Laura’s Teaching Style
In her classes, Laura takes an “eclectic” approach in that she doesn’t follow one method. “It is my yoga,” she states, “I use props and emphasize alignment and opening to the flow of energy. I also encourage self-acceptance and non-judgment on the mat (and in life!)” Laura compliments teaching yoga with her work as a certified life coach and has coached over 2,500 hours. “I love to teach and inspire others to want to discover more about who they are and how to live from the light inside of them. My focus for the past 20 years has been both yoga and life coaching. In yoga I go through people’s bodies to get to their hearts and in coaching I go through their minds.”
A 20+ Year Passion for Yoga Inspires a Whole New Venture
When asked “Why do you love yoga?” she responds “Let me count the ways! I love how I feel because of my practice… I love what I learn… I love being able to work out problems on my mat.. I love how it challenges me.. I love that I am never done learning.”
Armed with a passion for yoga and a desire to teach and inspire others, Laura recently started a new venture called Muselan, which is a combination of the words muse and elan: “muse” for women who inspire and “elan” for energy, style and enthusiasm. Along with five other women entrepreneurs they plan to launch a yoga center in the Minneapolis area. You can follow the progress and learn more about Muselan through their blog at muselan.blogspot.com. (While there, be sure to sign up for her free email inspirations called Monday Morning Musings.)
Meet Me In Minneapolis
Laura lives in Minneapolis with her husband Ron and two gorgeous children, Sierra and Zack. When not practicing yoga, blogging or coaching, she enjoys cooking, knitting, reading inspirational works, homeschooling Zack and Sierra, keeping a nature journal, photography and hiking. She holds a masters in Exercise Physiology from George Washington University. She created and taught a Yoga Alliance-registered teacher training program at both the 200-hour and 500-hour level and has graduated over 65 teachers over the past 7 years. Additionally, she graduated from CoachU’s life coach program.
For more information, coaching or inspiration from Laura or to learn more about her Costa Rica yoga retreats, visit her website StudieswithLaura.com. She also hosts free podcasts that include meditations, yoga sessions, guided Savasanas, breathing sessions, and even 5-minute desk stretches.
More of Laura’s Current Projects and Links
- Laura’s Website (StudiesWithLaura.com)
- Monday Morning Musings (muselan.blogspot.com)
- Awaken to Joy (ayearoflivingcompassionately.blogspot.com and campassionclub.blogspot.com)
- Reflections for Yoga Teachers (reflectionsforyogateachers.blogspot.com)
- Just Feel Good (theartofmanifesting.blogspot.com)
Laura is an inspiration and we at ShareYoga.com would like to thank her for her work and her ongoing effort to share yoga with others.
Author’s Note: Welcome to our weekly article series where we feature a yogi, spiritual teacher, guru, or seeker. Our intention is to feature individuals who have contributed to, shared and/or inspired the practice of yoga in some way. If you would like to suggest someone for us to feature, please contact us by submitting a comment below. This week, we glimpse at the life of a veteran yoga teacher based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, who has been and continues to be an inspiration to the lives of her many students and teachers through the years, Laura Erdman-Luntz. Would you like to be featured or suggest a yogi to feature? Please contact us here.
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