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Daily Inspiration: Meet Laurasia Mattingly

Today we’d like to introduce you to Laurasia Mattingly.

Hi Laurasia, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Following the loss of my mother in 2011, I began my meditation journey. I was guided towards self-compassion meditations as my therapist suggested that would help me cope with the loss in a healthy way. After experiencing the relief that mediation offered me, I decided I wanted to dive deeper into my own meditation journey. I ended up taking a year-long tantra teacher training with the late Psalm Isadora, becoming a certified life coach with Dr. Amy Johnson, and taking the 500-hour DEN Meditation teacher training (at where I would later teach), as well as taking a year intensive practitioner program at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center.

After several years of training, and not ever thinking I would end up teaching, as a career, it almost unfold naturally. During my teacher training, I was working the front desk at the DEN Meditation immersing myself in that world and taking as many classes as possible from some of the best teachers in LA. Once the DEN Meditation decided to expand to its second location, I graduated from my final teacher training and got offered a position to teach there.

For a few years, I exclusively taught in person at the DEN Meditation and would teach several companies in the LA area for special events or coming into their offices for a corporate meditation session, along the way I acquired some wonderful high-profile private clients and made wonderful future business connections.

Fast forward to November 2019 and the pandemic hit, all my in-person sessions turned into Zoom sessions. My days were filled with multiple Zoom sessions a day sprinkled in with IG live mediations for different companies, as the world realized they needed meditation more than ever. I was offered two book deals, as well as two meditation album deals. The pandemic was tough for many, but my business its was helped get it to where it is today. People began realizing the importance of mental health, and specifically the importance of meditation.

A few months into the pandemic I became so burnt out teaching for other companies, studios, and apps that I realized It was time to build my own online platform. It was in that moment The Sit Society was born. It started off just as an online platform to access my live and on-demand classes, and now is also an iPhone app. It is a way where people all over the world can have access to my meditation classes at an affordable price.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The road has been bumpy as I am a first-time business owner. I was learning things along the way such as getting my domains, a website built, trademarks, forming my LLC and so much more became so overwhelming. I was always just a teacher, and now having to learn all sorts of new skills like accounting, web and app development, and marketing to name a few. The most valuable lesson I learned along the way was to let the plumbers do the plumbing AKA outsourcing when you can. I ended up finding the best web developer, and best attorney and hiring a PR company as well as an accountant which made a world of difference.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
As I’m creating meditations and mindful comet for brands. Aside from me creating meditations for my app, I’m lucky to work with brands throughout different industries such as beauty, travel and fashion, where I tie in a mindful lifestyle with each. For example, with a skincare company we featured their product and talked about the importance of creating a morning intention as you washed your face. With travel brands, I’ve been able to collaborate with five star hotels around the world and shoot meditations on their beautiful grounds.

We’d love to hear about how you think about risk taking?
My whole career has been risk-taking. Leaving the regular paycheck from teaching for other studios to taking a chance on doing it all myself was the scariest yet most rewarding thing ever. I don’t always know how much money is coming in or when, but I won’t trade it for the world. I now work fully remote and am location-independent. With my own app and corporate clients and monthly social media campaigns, I get to work while traveling and seeing the world. I’ve been able to live and work from Europe last summer, spent the past 6 months living and working from Bali, and will work while traveling Europe again this summer. Even this nomadic lifestyle is an example of risk-taking, as so many of my friends back in LA commended me for moving to a new country with no friends. For me it’s exciting, and for every destination, I’ve lived in thus far, I’ve made lifelong friends.

Pricing:

  • Monthly membership to the Sit Society $9.99 (the first week is free)
  • Annual membership to the Sit Society is $99

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