Lauren Znachko

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Lauren’s love of yoga began in a friend’s living room during a difficult moment in life. That day as she took savasana, Lauren knew that she would follow this practice for years and year to come. Lauren practiced Vinyasa Power Yoga for several years beginning in 2005. She completed 300+ hours of Yoga Alliance certified teacher training and studied with many teachers such as Kathryn Budig and Sean Corn. In 2009 Lauren completed a training through Off the Mat Into the World which focused on therapeutic yoga for youth and trauma. In 2012 she began to practice Ashtanga Yoga in Chicago where she found her “home practice.” While her personal practice consists primarily of the Ashtanga Method, she continues to nurture a love and dedication to Vinyasa Power Yoga. Her teaching integrates the fundamentals of core stability, strong alignment and rigorous strength.

Lauren has had the privileged opportunity to teach in many places. She began her teaching journey in Indianapolis before moving to Chicago and traveling to such places as Costa Rica, Toronto and Australia. Having spent the last two years in Southern California, she is thrilled to be putting down roots in Portland. In her travels, she has found that the language of yoga transcends differences in culture, language and personal histories. As an advocate for healing, Lauren is committed to the practice of presence and mindful movement for all bodies, regardless of ability, age, size, race, gender, sexuality or origin. If she could choose one word to describe her teaching it would be “lightness,” whether of body or mind. A strong practice is a playful one.