Laurie Scott is a certified yoga teacher who graduated from the Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation. She teaches Ananda-style yoga, a spiritual and gentle type of yoga that is done slowly with positive affirmations said by the teacher and silently repeated by the student. It cultivates inner peace, happiness, and relaxation. Students remark on how relaxed they feel afterwards and often experience a deep sense of well-being that lasts for hours.
Laurie wants yoga to be a relaxed and enjoyable experience for anyone she teaches, and welcomes beginning students of all sizes and ability. She knows that many people feel intimidated to do yoga, thinking that yoga classes consist of slender young women in tight leggings who do each yoga pose perfectly. She herself is older and average looking, and is most comfortable wearing loose clothing during yoga. The goal of her yoga classes is for people to feel very tranquil and relaxed, rather than it just being physical exercise, although one is very physically benefited too.
Laurie comes from a spiritual background. As a teenager she practiced yoga, read spiritual books, and studied with Indian yoga teachers to deepen her understanding of yoga and meditation. As a young adult, she lived in a traditional ashram (a Hindu monastery) for seven years, four of which were spent living in India. After returning to America, she studied Indian classical music - a purifying and meditative type of music - with the great Indian classical musician, Ali Akbar Khan, for almost 25 years. In 1990 she became a devotee of Amma, the hugging saint, who recommends yoga and meditation for greater physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.
Laurie has published a candid and entertaining memoir, "A Spiritual Journey to Now," which readers describe as uplifting and enjoyable to read. Her book shares her adventures on the spiritual path, stories of her teachers, the benefits of yoga and meditation, and the valuable lessons she learned along the way. She has also recorded 4 albums of Indian classical music on the Indian instrument sarode, and shares her music in institutions where people are isolated and suffering. She has been featured as the cover story in the Sunday Lifestyles section of the Marin Independent Journal, a San Francisco Bay Area newspaper, and also been interviewed on the radio.