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Laura Spaulding

Laura will be traveling and studying in India, Oct 10-Dec 2, 2018. During that time, most of her classes will pause, except for the Mysore classes, which will continue.
Laura has been studying and practicing yoga for over 50 years. She began with Sivananda Yoga in 1967. She moved to Louisville in 1990 and began taking classes with Maja Trigg (1927-2016), founder of Yoga East. In April, 1994 Maja retired from teaching and moved to North Carolina. Laura began driving to Columbus, Ohio to take workshops with Ashtanga teachers David and Doug Swenson, Tim Miller and Larry Schultz. In 1999 Laura traveled to Mysore, India and spent three months studying with Pattabhi Jois and studied with him every year until he passed away in May, 2009. Laura has cultivated long-term relationships with master teachers from the Iyengar, Anusara, Ashtanga and Sivananda traditions: Francois Raoult, Ramanand Patel, John Friend, Douglas Keller, David Swenson, Kino MacGregor and Tim Feldmann, David Garrigues, Robert Moses, and other teachers who have inspired our students.
Laura was first certified at Yoga East by Maja Trigg in 1994, received AYRI Authorization by K Pattabhi Jois in 2004, and KPJAYI Level 2 in 2009 by Sharath Jois. Laura has been registered as an ERYT-500 with Yoga Alliance since 2007 (YACEP, 2016). Laura has a B.A. (cum laude) from the University of the South, 1974; J.D. from Georgetown University, 1990. She has been married to her best friend, Victor Davenport, since 1986.

Laura Spaulding instructs the following:
  • 300 Hr - Advanced Yoga Anatomy
  • Series of 8 classes studies therapeutic aspects of yoga practices, the anatomical structures involved including koshas, nadis, marmas, and current research and scientific findings. There will be asanas. Bring your mat and dress for yoga.
    Go to to our 300 Hour Page on the website to download the coloring assignments in The Anatomy Coloring Book, 4th Ed., Kapit & Elson. These go along with the seminars and will aid your understanding.
    Feb 3: Yoga Practices for the Spine and Sacrum (Sacroiliac Dysfunction)
    Mar 3: Yoga Practices to Soothe Fear and Anxiety (Vagal Tone, HRV, PNS/SNS Synchronicity)
    Mar 31: Yoga Practices for the Core (Advanced Bandhas)
    Apr 28: Yoga Practices for Longevity (Circulatory & Immune Sys) Advanced Dharana
    May 19: Yoga Practices for the Respiratory System (Advanced Pranayama)
    June 23: Yoga Practices for the Digestive and Endocrine System (Original Intent of Yoga)
    July 21: Yoga Practices for Reproductive/Sexual Health (Men and Women) This session has been cancelled.
    Sept 1: Advanced Chakras, Nadis, Marmas
    Series of 8 classes = 20 AP Hours, 300/500 hr level.
    This series of classes is for yoga teachers with a 200 hour certificate. Register in advance with Laura by phoning 502-585-9642. No drop-ins.
    Fee: current Yoga East teachers - donation; non-YE teachers $30.

  • Heart of Yoga (Discussion)
  • 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.  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.

  • Mysore 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. 
    This class is not for new students.  Students who are struggling will be asked to stop and wait for the finishing poses, or you can go to the next room for relaxation on your own.

  • Yoga Flow 2-3
  • 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 with no limiting injuries.

  • 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.

  • Hatha Yoga 2-3
  • This continuing/intermediate level 2-3 class is for students who know the fundamental postures, and are practicing or transitioning into intermediate-level postures including; headstand series, shoulderstand series, arm balances, complicated twists, and back bends. Students at this level should be able to hold Caturanga Dandasana (plank) and be working on holding postures for longer periods. Yoga Sutra readings, pranayama and meditation are incorporated at this level.

    See Light on Yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar, Course Two, for sample sequences.

  • Headstand & Shoulderstand 2-3
  • This class practices inversion sequences that include headstand, shoulderstand and their variations including headstand sequences from Ashtanga Intermediate series. Students must be able to hold headstand (Shirshasana) away from a wall for a minimum of 2-3 minutes and be able to hold shoulder-stand (Sarvangasana) for 2 or more minutes. 
    See Light on Yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar, Course Two, for sample sequences.

  • Hatha Yoga 1 (Beginning)
  • These classes are challenging and rewarding! This class focuses on fundamental standing poses, seated poses, easy inversions, and relaxation poses. Teachers will give instructions on how to modify postures for your practice. The postures learned at this level are a necessary foundation for all of our other classes. All yoga classes end in deep relaxation.

    Students who have never done yoga or who have little yoga experience will feel at home in this class. Level 1 Hatha Yoga is the perfect choice for students new to Yoga East yoga, out of practice, or students looking to build a stronger foundation in their practice.

  • Yoga for Pain - No Drop-Ins
  • This class teaches a specialized sequence of holding positions longer for more awareness and opening and is prop-intensive. The more often you practice it, the deeper it becomes, so regular attendance is important, and this is why we discourage casual drop-ins. Phone Laura to ask about this class if you are interested: 502-585-9642. If you are looking for a challenging flow class, please go to Erin's 4:00 pm Ashtanga class at St Matthews. You will like it!

  • Bhagavad Gita Class
  • The Bhagavad Gita is a text of 700 verses in eighteen chapters, written approximately 500-200 BCE. It is a part of a larger epic poem, The Mahabharata, a tale of the war between two factions of a royal family. The Gita is a conversation between the warrior, Arjuna, and his charioteer, Krishna, in which Krishna imparts teachings on the nature of the Self, right duty, karma, and brahmavidya.
    The Bhagavad Gita has inspired many people including M.K. Gandhi, who called it his "spiritual dictionary", and the Transcendentalists movement in American literature.
    Thoreau writes in Walden, "In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavat Geeta, since whose composition years of the gods have elapsed, and in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial; and I doubt if that philosophy is not to be referred to a previous state of existence, so remote is its sublimity from our conceptions. I lay down the book and go to my well for water, and lo! there I meet the servant of the Brahmin, priest of Brahma, and Vishnu and Indra, who still sits in his temple on the Ganges reading the Vedas, or dwells at the root of a tree with his crust and water-jug. I meet his servant come to draw water for his master, and our buckets as it were grate together in the same well. The pure Walden water is mingled with the sacred water of the Ganges." (Thoreau, Henry David. Walden. Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1854. p.279.)

  • Sanskrit & Chanting
  • In addition to Ashtanga Yoga, Sanskrit and Chanting are also subjects taught at KPJAYI in Mysore, India. Studying Sanskrit and practicing chanting bring focus and clarity of mind. 

  • Skanda II/III
  • Friday Night is a playful night! We like to refer to it as Advanced Yoga Fun, where we celebrate walking into the weekend with one of our most challenging and dynamic vinyasa classes set to fun music. You should have a regular practice and enjoy challenging yourself while trying new things. Our motto for this class: Work hard, play hard, and remember to never take yourself too seriously. After class, you’re invited to join us at a local restaurant where we’ll laugh, chat, and chow down. It's a great way to end the work week and one of the most spirited classes you'll ever take part in. If you're worried about the level, feel free to talk to an instructor to see if this class is for you. Must be comfortable being uncomfortable...or at least willing to work on it. INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED.

  • Ashtanga Yoga (Mysore)
  • Ashtanga Yoga is the system of yoga taught in Mysore, India by 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 their assigned series with personal assistance and instruction by the teacher.
    New students begin with Primary Series which is 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 than 7:15 am. Phone ahead to Laura at 502-585-9642 to register or if you have questions about the class. Requires a Yoga East Membership and one month commitment for new students. No drops-ins except for established Mysore students from out of town KPJAYI programs.