Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Margolies.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Lauren. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My interest in yoga sparked during a time of exploration in my mid 20’s. I immediately connected to the practice and began to seek out different styles/teachers around town. My sister, an avid yoga enthusiast, introduced me to a very unique style that she knew I would enjoy. Suze Curtis, of Samatone Yoga, includes sound and vibration into a physically challenging heated power flow. Something about this combination drew me right in and I began to feel the effects of a consistent practice physically and mentally. I recognized over time that, the sound component had a strong ability to quiet my mind and inspired me to further study meditation with other teachers.
Years later, after having two children and missing the consistency of my practice, I decided it was time to dive back in full force. In 2012, I researched programs for yoga teacher training to enhance my personal knowledge. I knew I wanted a program that was all encompassing and I found exactly what I needed at The Dallas Yoga Center. My life changed dramatically after learning from all of the incredible teachers and as synchronicity would have it, my training session included an entire component on sound based meditation. Learning so much about different styles of yoga, meditation and energy healing really shifted my perspective and allowed me to grow immensely.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I will say that the path to teaching yoga and meditation has been a fairly smooth one, which helps me to know I have chosen the proper path. I was fortunate to be offered a job at The Dallas Yoga Center. which was and is still a huge honor. DYC has been an institution for yoga and meditation for nearly 30 years in Dallas and has introduced me to an entire community of amazing people. I have also been very blessed to find several long term private and corporate clients, that I’ve been working with for many years. However, everything in life has challenges, as well as ups and downs. One of the things I love most about yoga practice is, it’s ability to help us ride the waves of life with more awareness and less attachment.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Breathe Stretch Grow Yoga – what should we know?
I currently teach 6 days a week between private sessions, corporate sessions and studio classes. I have the ability to teach yoga and meditation to varying levels and help modify to make them both accessible. I love teaching corporate yoga and meditation sessions. Yoga and/or meditation are such an incredible gift to employees. I regularly hear how much they value the time and space to decompress physically or mentally and this gratitude creates happier, more productive employees.
I lead many weekly sound classes, including in corporate settings! Sound based meditation is the art of creating a tapestry of ambient vibrations with instruments. My favorite currently include crystal singing bowls, Tibetan bowls, chimes, etc. I am consistently amazed to see people’s reactions when they first experience this type of meditation and hear the surprise at the depth of relaxation they are able to receive. The sound creates a backdrop that allows people to tune into the present moment in a unique way that is very powerful.
I also teach specialty workshops, which I absolutely love! I lead a monthly women’s gathering (topic changes monthly), as well as a monthly Yoga Nidra and Sound workshop, I also have the opportunity to share events like vision boarding and essential oils classes. Workshops allow me the opportunity to express and share other passions of mine, and to more deeply connect with participants.
Which women have inspired you in your life?
I am inspired by the growing number and women taking on lead roles in the yoga community. This was once a completely male dominated space and I know the future is being shaped now by many inspiring yoginis. I hope to continue this shift and lead the way to inspire other women to follow their passions and share what they love with the world authentically.
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