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.

  • 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.

  • 1 - Taking the Seat of the Teacher Part 1
  • Orientation to Teacher Training
    What does it mean to take the seat of the teacher? How do you know when you are ready to take on the teacher's role, especially if you feel you are not ready or not qualified? This discussion and contemplation class helps you to clarify your intentions and feelings about studentship, the teacher's role, and the practice of yoga. 
    Laura will talk about
    • her own experiences as she moved from a practitioner to a teacher,
    • the history of Yoga East and its lineage of teachers,
    • why teaching yoga is an important aspect of being a yoga student.
    There will be a Q&A about teaching, teacher training and certification.
    Teacher Training students can purchase texts, and receive the Orientation Manual and Course Syllabus. The Teacher Trainers will be on hand so that you can meet them and ask questions.
    This class is open to students who have submitted an application. You can apply online:

  • 200 Hr - Yoga History and Myth, Part 1
  • This series of 8 classes is required for Yoga East certification and counts for 10 hours in the subject of Philosophy (YPLE).
    The origins of yoga have been shrouded in myth and mystery, but current yoga scholars are penetrating the veil and researching yoga's history. Hear the amazing stories of the siddhas (perfected ones), the rishis, the wizards, the magicians, the wild goddesses, the yogins and yoginis who were so powerful they were seen as divine beings.  Learn to separate myth from history and analyze yoga critically and intelligently.  Great yoga practitioners and teachers need to be well-informed on the history of yoga. Introduction to the philosophy of yoga includes study and discussion of the modern history of yoga. How did yoga originate? Who are the important historical and mythological figures in yoga, and what is the source of their knowledge?  Most important is - how do the ancient myths and texts of yoga have relevance for our life and yoga practice today? These important questions will be discussed in class. 
    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 Sept 1 and August 11.

  • 200 Hr - Yoga Anatomy: How Yoga Works
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.