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Meet Nartana Lauren of AUM Los Angeles: An Emotional Expression Practice in Santa Monica

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nartana Lauren.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Nartana. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I‘m one of the first local AUM Practitioners in The City of Angels.

The AUM (Awareness, Understanding, Meditation) is a 14-step social meditation that takes you on a fascinating rollercoaster ride through your human emotional life. This practice combines dance, role-play and expression with bioenergetics and catharsis to move blocked energy through your body. The AUM Meditation is practiced in many countries all over the world, and I am one of the first few leaders to bring it locally to the United States.

As someone who grew up in the world of dance, surrounded by talented performers and artists, embodying my physical self was a part of daily life. Working in the industry, we were always told to strive for perfection. We had to look a certain way, dress a certain way and behave a certain way.

Abiding by these unrealistic standards practically stripped me as an artist from harnessing my full creativity and potential. I found myself struggling with self-expression and creativity often, yet I couldn’t understand why. After ten years as a dancer/choreographer, public speaker and barre instructor, I realized that a very core part of myself was missing… It was the ability to embrace my shadows and the very parts of myself that I was told to hide from the world. I didn’t have a safe space to explore myself authentically, wildly and without judgment. While I appreciated the occasional yoga, meditation and ecstatic dance workshops, my heart desired something a bit more primal, rebellious and unique than the standard modalities being offered at the time.

In 2012, I began diving into any opportunity I could in the realm of art, healing and energetic expansion. I developed a burning passion for authenticity work and teaching people how to re-introduce themselves back into their own body. As an Inner Child coach, my focus is to reconnect you with your life purpose and your inner artist! The AUM is known to empower creatives of all kinds, as the focus of the class is to explore the untapped layers of ourselves that we typically resist showing to the world.

I studied abroad in Holland at the Humaniversity, which is an international school for personal growth, spirituality, professional development and the training of therapists. This is where I studied the AUM and developed a heightened sense of awareness for emotional expansion.

At this time, I host monthly AUM workshops every last Sunday of the month at Dance Alive Center in Santa Monica. My next AUM LA Workshop will be held on Sunday, March 29th, from 6:30pm-9pm.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Being such a new and unique offering of authenticity work, my biggest opportunity has been spreading the word and getting people excited for something new to hit Los Angeles! The road though overall has been pretty smooth and aligned! The local communities that have experienced it so far, really loved how different the AUM was. I had one previous student say the exact words, “It’s about time that this level of authenticity work come to LA!” I also found a great studio to lead AUMs in Santa Monica within the first three days of returning from my training in The Netherlands. Talk about synchronicity! 🙂

AUM Los Angeles: An Emotional Expression Practice – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
AUM stands for: Awareness – Understanding – Meditation

The AUM is a 14-step dynamic social meditation that takes you on a fascinating journey through your human emotional life. This practice is a rollercoaster ride into yourself, and your co-meditators become the mirror in which your ability to see yourself clearly becomes illuminated!

In the meditation, you will move between different emotions that you usually encounter in your daily life. In our day-to-day lives, emotions can often take over subconsciously and without any prior notice. This can create a sense of helplessness when it comes to managing your feelings and controlling your thoughts. In the AUM, we re-gain control by entering into each emotion in a conscious, total and present way using the body, movement, role-play and expression.

As someone who grew up in the world of dance, surrounded by talented performers and artists, embodying my physical self was a part of daily life. Working in the industry, we were always told to strive for perfection. We had to look a certain way, dress a certain way and behave a certain way.

Abiding by these unrealistic standards practically stripped me as an artist from harnessing my full creativity and potential. I found myself struggling with self-expression and creativity often, yet I couldn’t understand why. After ten years as a dancer/choreographer, public speaker and barre instructor, I realized that a very core part of myself was missing… It was the ability to embrace my shadows and the very parts of myself that I was told to hide from the world. I didn’t have a safe space to explore myself authentically, wildly and without judgment. While I appreciated the occasional yoga, meditation and ecstatic dance workshops, my heart desired something a bit more primal, rebellious and unique than the standard modalities being offered at the time.

In 2012, I began diving into any opportunity I could in the realm of art, healing and energetic expansion. I developed a burning passion for authenticity work and teaching people how to re-introduce themselves back into their own body. As an Inner Child coach, my focus is to reconnect you with your life purpose and your inner artist! The AUM is known to empower creatives of all kinds, as the focus of the class is to explore the untapped layers of ourselves that we typically resist showing to the world.

I studied abroad in Holland at the Humaniversity, which is an international school for personal growth, spirituality, professional development and the training of therapists. This is where I studied the AUM and developed a heightened sense of awareness for emotional expansion.

At this time, I host monthly AUM workshops every last Sunday of the month at Dance Alive Center in Santa Monica. My next AUM LA Workshop will be held on Sunday, March 29th, from 6:30pm-9pm.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
My proudest moment of my career so far has been taking the leap of faith to start my own Inner Child business! I’ve spent most of my professional life up until this point, growing in the corporate industry as a regional trainer, public speaker and facilitator. In addition to this, I also worked as a Studio Manager and Head Trainer for a renowned fitness franchise, Pure Barre. (All of this took place in my South Florida, where I originally grew up.) While I am overly excited to be transitioning into my passion work, I am still extremely grateful for my previous career opportunities. My previous line of work has sculpted me in many ways when it comes to leadership and business development, and all of this experience supports my future business goals. I envision leading AUMs for major conferences, retreats, concerts and more! #DreamBig

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