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Laura Spaulding

Laura began practicing yoga in 1967 in Tennessee. She moved to Louisville and studied with Maja Trigg from 1990-1994 when Maja retired and moved away. Laura met K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore in 1999 and studied with him every year until his death in 2009. She continues to study with Saraswathi and Sharath Jois. Laura is a KPJAYI Level 2 Authorized Teacher.

Laura Spaulding instructs the following:
  • Hatha Yoga 1-2
  • Level 1-2 Mixed Level classes are geared to students in normal health who are still working to learn fundamental postures as well as those who have more experience and are seeking to expand, refine and develop their yoga practice at more subtle levels. Sun Salutations and series of flowing poses are incorporated at this level. All classes end with deep relaxation.

  • Mysore-Style Ashtanga
  • Ashtanga Yoga as taught in Mysore, India in the method of K Pattabhi Jois. Students learn and practice at their own pace with individual instruction. For students at all levels. 

  • Mysore Self-Practice
  • This class is for experienced Mysore members or Yoga East teachers. You can do your normal Mysore practice or other sequences with the instructor. We are recently working on rope wall practices, yoga for pain and back-bends.

  • Heart of Yoga (Discussion)
  • Heart of Yoga is one of our oldest and most popular classes. It began with the tradition started by our teacher K. Pattabhi Jois, who set aside time each afternoon to meet with students and answer questions about yoga. 
    The Heart of Yoga group discusses questions that arise in the practice of yoga, ranging from the latest yoga scandal of the day to deep philosophical questions about why we practice this ancient art.  It's not a gossip hour - we explore the paths of yoga, the texts of the yoga tradition, question our ethical standards, and share our experiences along the path so that we can learn, understand and grow in our practice and understanding of yoga.  Along the way we study the different paths of yoga, the traditional texts of the yoga tradition, Sanskrit pronunciation, history and development of yoga, the theory and philosophy of yoga and contemplate how yoga philosophy is relevant for yoga students today.
    Heart of Yoga satisfies PLE requirements for 200, 300 and 500 Hour Teacher Training Courses.
    No experience is needed, and no fee is charged. As always, donations help support our Chanting, Sanskrit and Yoga Philosophy classes.
    You will not need a yoga mat. Comfortable street clothing is fine.

  • Intermediate Yoga 3
  • For experienced students who enjoy a faster pace and postures that challenge your abilities - sun salutations, arm balances, backbends, deep forward bends and twists, head-stand and shoulder-stand variations. This class is for students in good physical condition.

  • Mysore-Style Led Class 2-3
  • Led Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series in the method of K Pattabhi Jois (Sanskrit-counted vinyasa) leads experienced students through the 48 postures of Primary series with the correct pacing, count and breathing. For Mysore Members.

  • Chanting
  • Chanting was recommended by our late teacher, K Pattabhi Jois, and is regularly taught at his school in Mysore. The practice of chanting calms and quiets the mind and develops concentration. Chanting is also a way to learn about aspects of the yoga tradition.
    Texts are provided. No experience with chanting is needed.
    Chanting classes are free but donations support our chanting programs and help to buy more chanting books.

  • Guru Purnima Celebration
  • Guru Purnima is the full moon that falls in the month of Ashada, June-July, and honors our teachers. It is celebrated as the day on which: Vyasa, compiler of the Vedas, was born; the day on which Lord Shiva in the form of Dakshinamurthi, taught yoga to the Saptarishis; and is also observed as the birthday of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois, master of the Ashtanga Yoga system.  
    Ashram breakfast, chai and coffee will be served and we will chant the Shri Guru Gita. Texts are provided. 
    The program is free, but donations are welcome and support the Mysore Fund which provides grants for study in India and scholarships to the Mysore classes.

    Illustration: Vyasa

  • Guru Purnima Celebration
  • Guru Purnima is the Full Moon day in the month of Ashada (June-July) and honors the presence of the Guru in our lives. Originally dedicated to the great teacher, Vyasa, pictured here, Guru Purnima is a day we offer gratitude to all the teachers who have shown us the way from darkness to light. This year we will especially honor the late Maja Trigg who founded Yoga East; and K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009), who was born on the full moon day in July, 1915. We will offer ashram breakfast followed by chanting The Shri Guru Gita. Texts are provided, no knowledge of chanting is necessary.
    Donations support the Mysore Fund which provide grants for study in Mysore, India and scholarships to Mysore class.