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Meet Laurel Erilane, Yoga Instructor

Today we’d like to introduce you to Laurel Erilane.

Laurel, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My yoga practice began in my adolescence. What started as personal physical therapy from several sports injuries soon became a passion for wellness and healing. I woke up and realized that as long as I practice yoga, it was a good day, so that’s how I spend all my days now. I feel in the career path of teaching by simply always showing up and wanting more. Soon, it was not just an activity, but a lifestyle with an amazing community of connected individuals with a shared intention of “living yoga”. I have now been practicing for more than half my life and I cannot imagine a day without yoga.

It has been an amazing journey following my dreams and now I can confidently say I have found my life’s purpose. It has taken years of building relationships with clients and continuing to take training and workshops to advance my skill set. The best teachers are forever students, so the process of learning and co-creating is never over. It’s a lifelong journey to continue to improve yourself as a teacher and change your style with the new knowledge you learn, always having a strong foundation. I currently teach full time both privately and at multiple studios throughout Los Angeles. I also teach at many events and festivals in addition to lead international retreats.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The financial struggle to get to where I am now in my career has been real. In the past decade, I have held other part-time jobs including managing multiple yoga studios, graphic design, event production and hospitality. It’s not easy to support yourself teaching, and it takes time to build your following and class schedule. I am very fortunate to have a huge network of people who have believed and supported me along my journey. Without the support of my students, colleges, family and friends I would not still be on this path. When you are committed to something and the people around you show up it makes it all worth it.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I teach yoga. I am in the business of connecting people to themselves through breath and movement. This involves more than just physical exercise, it’s a practice of setting positive intentions and inspiring others to live consciously. My teaching style emphasizes proper anatomical alignment through both classical and modern variations, incorporating the union of breath and fluid movement or stillness. I teach hatha, vinyasa, power, yin, restorative, yoga nidra and seated meditation.

I am most proud of my students. Many of my clients have been with me for years and continue to grow their practice. It’s amazing to build connections with individuals who continue to show up and are inspired to keep learning. No class I ever teach will be exactly the same. It’s not possible for me. Every single class has a unique rhythm and is based on the people who show up and what their energy is asking for at that moment. I offer and extremely intuitive time sensitive teaching style that allows me to channel the wisdom of the ancient practice into something that is accessible to all those who are present in the moment.

What sets me apart from others is that I came to the practice from injury myself so many of my clients feel confident coming to my sessions for physical rehabilitation. I am a yoga therapist. Doctors have recommended my services and confirmed sustained improvements in patients range of motion after working with me consistently. Many of my private clients have severed special health conditions that limit their ability to take group classes. I create unique specialized programs that teach my clients to build more strength and flexibility in areas where there is a weakness or an imbalance.

I have clients with relatively straightforward areas of fatigue like chronic low back pain and some who have severe spinal damage and have lost feeling in areas of the body. Through my teachings, I have seen students stand taller, walk straighter, bend deeper, find balance easier and release emotional trauma. A huge part of what I give my clients is an inspiration to do more with their bodies which also involves letting go of the ego of the mind. What is most beautiful about the practice is its diversity. Everyone has a different body, but the practice can offer something to each person that is special to the needs of that individual.

What were you like growing up?
I’m a So Cal beach girl at heart. I am still a child at heart with a wild, playful and adventurous spirit. I am a middle child with an older brother and younger sister who has always been very social. I spent most of my free time out in nature with friends and cruising on the strand in Manhattan Beach my hometown. (Not much has changed.) I grew up as a competitive athlete who constantly pushed my body to its limits. My favorite sports were basketball, soccer, swimming, biking and running. I have always been very physically active and strong-willed as I am driven by self-improvement and goal setting. Both my father (an engineer) and mother (an artist) where amazing coaches to me who always inspired me to push myself to the next level. When I was younger, I was extremely anxious. When I wasn’t able to play sports, I became very emotionally unstable. Finding dance and yoga helped me fill this void when physical therapists told me, I would be in a wheelchair by the time I was 35 if I didn’t stop contact sports. I guess you could say, I was never afraid to get hurt or to try something new.

Pricing:

  • Sigle Private Session (1 Hour): $100 / 5 Sessions: $425 / 10 Sessions: $750
  • Group Sessions (1 Hour): $150-300

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