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:
  • 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.

  • 300 Hr - Pranayama Update I
  • How to practice and teach fundamental pranayama techniques: Ujjayi, Viloma, Anuloma, Pratiloma, Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breathing), Bhastrika and Kapalabhati and commonly-practiced variations. 
    Class will explain, demonstrate and practice each technique so that teachers clearly understand each one.
    The class will introduce Coherent Breathing and discuss recent research on the effects of specific breathing patterns on trauma, PTSD, auto-immune disorders, stress and injuries.
    $30 - member discounts apply.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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. 

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 4 - Steady Wisdom
  • The Vedas say, “Only one who obeys can command.” Exploration of this relating to teaching yoga; concepts of command, knowledge of the method, responsibilities of the teacher, maintaining a personal practice, learning the teachings of our tradition (Shastras).
    Inverted poses
    Fee: Art of Teaching $50

  • 300 Hr - Fun with Sanskrit
  • 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, a pen, a vegetarian lunch, and an old sock (seriously). Handouts provided if you register in advance.

    Suggested text (but not required and still come to class even if you don't have the book): Yogaavataranam, Zoe Slatoff-Ponte

    Fee: donations support our ability to offer these classes.

  • Intermediate-Advanced Hatha
  • This class is appropriate for students who have maintained a Mysore membership for one year and have completed Ashtanga Primary Series. Non-Ashtanga practitioners can also attend so long as they understand the class format and have appropriate prior yoga experience, have a spirit of adventure and a sense of humor about trying challenging postures. Non-Mysore students need to get clearance from the teacher first.

    1. There is minimal instruction, so you need to be well-experienced in yoga;
    2. Expect to see students standing up out of a backbend or dropping-back from standing to a backbend;
    3. Expect the class to hold headstand and numerous variations for 3-20 minutes (must be able to hold headstand away from a wall);
    4. Expect non-stop, fast-paced sun salutations, caturanga dandasanas, downward and upward dogs;
    5. Expect to work on leg behind the head poses which require open hips and the ability to do a straight-leg forward fold.

    This class is NOT for students with injuries of any kind.

    Drop-in $15 or use a Yoga East regular 5, 10 or 20 class card or membership. Intro Offers and Groupons are not valid for this class. Online registration is only available for Mysore Members. Non-Mysore students, please phone Laura at 585-9642 to register on Friday before the Saturday class.

  • 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.