Have Mat, Will Travel: Meet Laura Johnson

Laura Johnson R.Y.T.      “I am a lover of life, nature, movement, sweat, rhythm, music and freedom of expression…” -Laura Johnson, RYT 500


Beautiful flow. Calm presence. Strong as hell. That’s how I’d describe Laura Johnson who has been teaching with Prana since day one. I met Laura at the suggestion of Matt Ross, executive director of London Youth Advisory Council (LYAC), when Prana was merely a name on a business license and a collage of ideas on a sheet of paper, but the timing couldn’t have been better. There was an immediate connection between Laura and I and after a few chats over tea, she became the first fellow yoga teacher I shared the vision of Prana with. When her face lit up, I knew I had a supporter.

 

Laura came to yoga over a decade ago because she thought it would make her stronger during a time when her body was weak– and it did, but it didn’t stop there. Over time she realized yoga was also making her a better human and was so inspired she went on to receive her 200-hour yoga teacher training from The Lotus Centre in 2010 and her 300-hour training from Deva Tree School of Yoga in 2015.

20150817_3941Laura’s interactive and approachable teaching style will immediately make you feel at ease. It is her hope that you explore your flexibility and strength through this ancient physical practice while discovering something new about yourself that can follow you off the mat and into your daily life.

Speaking of daily life, when she’s not on her mat, you can find Laura behind the scenes at Movati Athletic working her magic in client services or spending time with her husband, Brad.

Prana clients that currently are or have been taught by Laura: Downtown London, Forest City Sport & Social Club (FCSSC), Thames Valley Children’s Centre (TVCC)

You can also catch classes with Laura at Yoga East on Tuesday nights and at her home studio for private & semi-private classes.

 

 

Here’s how Laura responded to our “10 Things About You” questions:

1. What style of yoga you teach and how do you describe your flow?

I teach mostly Flow yoga (a.k.a. vinyasa). To me there’s nothing better than moving with breath. My flow is powerful with a huge focus on alignment, breath and foundation. Keeping safe and stabilizing the body is key to creating space and ease! I do my very best to help you find that while tapping into rhythm, fluidity and grace. They sound like opposites I know, but they’re not! FRIG yoga is cool!

2. How long have you been practicing yoga?

11 years

3 . Where did you grow up?

Montreal and Eastern Ontario

4. Where’s your favourite place to visit?

I could probably spend the rest of my life on the shores of Lake Huron and be pretty happy about it…and pretty much anywhere along the Bruce Peninsula. You don’t necessarily have to go far to find paradise.

5. What’s you most ‘out of the ordinary’ moment or experience? (think strange, surprising, embarrassing, amazing…)

I really can’t think of anything…

6. Vegan, vegetarian or flexitarian?

Pescatarian, which means I eat fish/seafood but not other meats.

7. What stresses you out the most?

Fireworks. I seriously hate them.

8. Most important part of your self-care routine?

TIME TO MYSELF AND MOVEMENT. If I don’t have time to be alone and breathe and move my body in a given day… It’s not a good scene. Just ask my husband.

9. What’s your hidden talent?

I’m a crazy good dancer when nobody is watching. 

 10. What’s your favourite quote?

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” Albert Camus

 

 




About Chantelle Diachina

Chantelle is the founder of Prana Yoga & Wellness. When she is not teaching yoga class or facilitating workshops, Chantelle relishes the time with her husband and two school-age children. She also enjoys volunteering and collaborating with the various non-profits in her community. 3 things you may not know about Chantelle: 1. Most Memorable Moment: Being saved by a random motorcyclist from California while alone and lost in Thailand 2. Biggest Pet Peeve: Hearing her children fight 3. Most Embarrassing Moment: Showing up to a potluck party on the wrong night
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