Hi my name is Laura,
I am the founder of Laura Bunting Yoga (no surprise there) and I thought I would just introduce myself as a human and a teacher.
Yoga is a mix of physical, mental, and spiritual practices which originated in ancient India. The more you dive into yoga the more you will realise how much there is to it . It is up to you to choose what works for you and take what you need from yoga.
My favourite practices of yoga
At this moment in time and so far on my journey into the world of yoga, I like to focus on the physical and mental practice of yoga. This is also reflected in my teaching. For example, I love to practice Power Yoga and Vinyasa. I am a high energy yogi and human, I love to be active and moving my body, that is why Vinyasa & Power work well with me. I channel all my energy and focus onto the mat and each practice is different but no practice is bad. Find what works for you, focus your energy and time and see where it takes you! After attending a Restorative class or just spending time with my bolsters and blocks, I feel so light and relaxed afterwards. For me personally, Yin is a challenge. This is because in this form of yoga, postures are held for a longer period of time. (2 – 5 mins on average depending on the posture and your body.) However, I know how much I need Yin and really do enjoy the benefits, as I always feel so calm and grounded after practicing. Another one of my favourites to not only practice but also teach, is Yoga Nidra. After a full Yoga Nidra session I always have the best nights sleep. All you need to be able to do to participate in a session is to lie down in savasana, close your eyes, keep your body still and just listen. Your subconscious mind will do the rest.
How My Yoga Journey Began
I never had a specific reason, such as injury, illness or even a desire to start yoga in the first place. I was 18, happy, healthy and working as a front of house at a gym in London. I started chatting to one of the Yoga teachers before their class about what yoga was all about, what you do and how you do it. After that I decided to finally book onto a class on one of my days off… I had nothing to lose and since then I have never looked back.
For some reason the idea of Yoga had intimidated me in the past. Before I attended my first ever class I had always thought yogis were serious, or seriously flexible… or both! With the idea of Yoga being correlated to women circles and spiritual groups, chanting another language (Sanskrit – which I now actually enjoy! Om) made me feel uncomfortable as firstly a lack of understand and secondly it was something I did not need in my life, and to be honest I still feel this way and that is just me!
Who knows what the future holds, I am now always open for trying something new.
Why I love Yoga so much
Yoga has really taught me a lot about myself. As cliche as that sounds, I mean it. I have realised my strengths and weaknesses, physically and mentally. I have noticed so much about the impact of a healthy diet on my focus and mood. I also learnt the power behind stillness as well as movement. Yoga has taken me around the world and has introduced amazing people into my life. The philosophy and Yoga Sutras have guided me through and opened my eyes in many ways. I feel so blessed to have found yoga so early on in my life, and I cannot wait to see where it takes me.
Finding the right teacher
Find a teacher, or guru, who will help you achieve your goals. Each teacher will share their own message and teachings from their experience and perspective. If you like what they preach then they are good for you, if you don’t (and that’s ok,) then keep searching. You may even enjoy yoga best by yourself via Youtube, Instagram or Zoom in the comfort of your home. Whatever works for you. There is no right or wrong in yoga. You do you and enjoy the ride.
My vision as a teacher
I would like to create a space that everyone feels welcomed to practice yoga. No matter who you are or what you like, you should feel welcomed and encouraged to give everything a go. No pressure, no judgement. You do not need to be able to touch your toes or meditate for hours on end, you just have to be open minded and prepared to challenge yourself.
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