Laura Spaulding

Laura began practicing yoga in 1967. She has practiced and studied in the Sivananda, Iyengar and Ashtanga systems, but her main practice is Ashtanga Yoga.  She studied with K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore in 1999 and 2002-2009. She continues to study with Saraswathi and Sharath Jois. Certifications: Yoga East (1994), AYRI Authorization by K Pattabhi Jois (2004), KPJAYI Level 2 (2009), ERYT500 (2007) and YACEP (2016).

Laura Spaulding instructs the following:
  • Friday Morning Led Class
  • 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. 
    Friday morning class is for Mysore members - students who have been regularly attending morning Mysore classes. This class is not for new students. Wait until the Mysore teacher gives you permission to attend this class so that you are clear about your stopping point.
    Laura will begin teaching this class in September. Erin will switch to Friday afternoon.

  • Sri Rudram/Kundalini Stavah
  • Sri Rudram is a Vedic chant from the Krishna Yajur Veda and describes the various attributes of Shiva in the form of Rudra. The Kundalini Stavah describes the inner energy of Consciousness in the form of the Kundalini.  Chanting in Sanskrit increases one's powers of concentration and has many of the same benefits as pranayama.
    Texts are provided and no knowledge of Sanskrit is needed.

  • Laura's Sunday Morning Led Class
  • For Mysore members with a regular practice, this class always covers full Primary Series. We sometimes add postures from Intermediate Series if enough Intermediate students are present. Students are invited to try more postures or you can always stop at your usual stopping point.

  • Practice Teaching
  • Series of 16 classes gives each teacher training student the opportunity to teach a class with coaching from experienced teachers. Each class is videotaped so you can see for yourself what is right and what is off-track. The coaches identify areas where you need development and give specific methods on improvement. Homework is customized for each student's needs. 
    Each student must attend all classes in this series in order to obtain the required hours for certification.  You will have to pay a make-up fee to the supervising teacher if you miss class.

    Class will not meet on Oct 8, Nov 5 and 12 due to other workshops.

    Fee: Practice Teaching Series $400

  • Mysore-Style Ashtanga
  • Ashtanga Yoga is the system of yoga taught in Mysore, India by K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009) and the Jois family. Ashtanga Yoga is a breathing and movement system that contains over 300 postures grouped into four series: Primary, Intermediate, Advanced A and Advanced B.  Both new and experienced students practice together at their own pace, working through the series with personal assistance and instruction by the teacher. We begin new students with Primary Series.
    Primary Series can be adapted for students at all levels - there is no reason not to try it. Regular practice builds strength, flexibility and endurance.  Medical studies show this form of yoga has many benefits for physical and mental health.
    Arrive for your first class anytime after 6:00 am but no later 7:30 am. Phone ahead to Laura at 502-585-9642 if you have questions about the class. 

  • Shiva Mahimna Stotram Chanting
  • Shiva Mahimna Stotram is a Sanskrit composition in verse (stotra) form by Gandharva Pushpadanta in praise of Lord Shiva. Many of the poem's verses have been praised by scholars for their poetic beauty.
    Sanskrit chanting is taught at the K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore and is an important practice in the Ashtanga yoga tradition. Chanting practice includes practice of a seated posture (asana), breathing (pranayama), withdrawal of the senses from outer distractions (pratyahara), and focus on the text (dharana and dhyana).

  • 200 Hr - Yoga History and Myth, Part 2
  • This series of 8 classes is required for Yoga East certification and counts for 10 hours in the subject of Philosophy (YPLE).
    This series of classes discusses the texts that form the background of yoga: the Vedas and Upanishads, Yoga Sutras, The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Shiva Samhita, Gheranda Samhita, Yoga Yagnavalkya, the Puranas, The Mahabharata, Bhagavad-Gita, Ramayana, Tantras; and the Six Viewpoints (Darshanas) of Indian Philosophy: Nyaya-Vaisheshika, Samkhya-Yoga, Purva Mimamsa-Vedanta.
    Fee:$10 per class. Open to all students - you need not be in teacher training to register. Yoga East 200 Hr Alumni can audit this class.

    Class will not meet Nov 10 & 24.

  • 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.

  • 200 Hr - Yoga Anatomy: How Yoga Works
  • Note! The October 7 Class will be held at the East End/Holiday Manor Studio - not St Matthews.

    This series of 16 classes is required for Yoga East Certification and counts for 20 hours in the subject of Anatomy and Physiology.
    Learn human anatomy as it pertains to the practice of yoga and pranayama. Learn why postures are difficult, how stretching works, why yoga builds strength, and how some yoga postures can be dangerous and even deadly if done incorrectly. Understanding the anatomy of a posture can make it easier and better. 

    Each class works with particular groups of postures like forward bends, backbends, twists and inversions. Each class covers anatomy and physiology; injuries and physical limitations commonly encountered in the posture and ways of working with those challenges; the anatomy of the subtle body including the chakra system, nadis (channels of the subtle body) and koshas (subtle sheaths).

    The class is open to all levels of students who are interested in improving their practice. No particular experience or ability is required.

    Text: Anatomy Coloring Book, Kapit & Elson, 4th ed. (Available at the studio, $22.50, members get your discount.) You will need a variety of highlighters, watercolor markers, or colored pencils. 
    Fee: $25 per class. Open to all students. Register online or with Laura Spaulding.

    Class will not meet Aug 12, Sept 2, Nov 11 & 25.

  • 300 Hr - Fun with Sanskrit
  • Note - the October 7 Class will be held at the East End/Holiday Manor Studio, not St. Matthews. 
    Introduction to Sanskrit transliteration (writing Sanskrit using English alphabet), writing and reading Devanagari alphabet, learning asana names and pronunciation, beginning vocabulary, verbs and pronouns, basic mantras.

    Bring a notebook and pen.

    We are now using a text: Yogaavataranam, Zoe Slatoff-Ponte. 

    See the 300 Hour Trainings Page for assignments.

    Fee: donations support our ability to offer these classes.

  • 8 - Centered and Serene
  • How to maintain your serenity when dealing with challenging students and situations. How to plan your time; how to nourish yourself; how to keep yourself inspired; how to handle your own injuries and personal challenges.
    Restorative and relaxation poses
    Fee: Art of Teaching $50