Laurel Beversdorf has always been a teacher and practitioner who embodies the philosophy of svadyaya (self study) so it was no surprise when Laurel started to deviate from a traditional yoga practice and started to explore adding resistance bands into her practice. She approaches asana based on her studies of anatomy and biomechanics of the body and seeks to explore functional ways the body can move in a playful manner.
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with international yoga educator, the creator of Yoga with Resistance Bands, Laurel Beversdorf. Laurel talks about how healing her own personal injuries lead her to explore beyond traditional asana. She also shares how her life and career has changed since she had her baby.
In this episode:
Learn a bit about Laurel and how she got started teaching yoga
Laurel’s trajectory of teaching; where she got started, where is now and her influences
How Laurel’s personal injuries prompted her to look beyond traditional asana
What motivated Laurel to start to look beyond typical asana and incorporate resistance bands into her practice
How has the information she gathered, integrated into her practice.
Teach asana with the resistant bands
How Laurel’s interpretation of alignment cues and “rules” has shifted
Three tools or principals for new yoga teachers to bring into their teaching
How Laurel’s yoga practice change when she was pregnant
How becoming a parent changed her relationship with her yoga practice and the bigger trajectory of her career
One tip or piece of advise for new or expectant parents
Where people can find Laurel’s work!
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Laurel Beversdorf, YACEP, E-RYT 500, is an international yoga educator, the creator of Yoga with Resistance Bands classes and trainings, Body of Knowledge anatomy and biomechanics workshops, and a Yoga Tune Up® and Roll Model® trainer. Laurel regularly presents trainings and workshops at locations like Kripalu, YogaWorks, and studios around the world. Her classes blend strength training, rehabilitation practices, myofascial release, and yoga. Laurel has written for Yoga Journal, Shut Up & Yoga, and the Tune Up Fitness blog. A Wisconsin native, she lives in NYC with her husband, baby girl, and two cats.
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