Laurie Scott is a certified yoga and meditation 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 helps cultivate inner peace, happiness, and relaxation. Students remark on how relaxed they feel afterwards and often experience a deep sense of tranquility and 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 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 just physical exercise, although one is very physically benefited too. She also includes inspirational reading and a short meditation.
Laurie comes from a very spiritual background. As a teenager she questioned the meaning of life and sought inner peace and happiness. She studied yoga and meditation with yoga teachers from India, and direct disciples of Indian teachers. She also lived in a traditional ashram (a Hindu monastery) as a young adult for seven years, four of which were spent living in India. Afterwards, 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 well-being.
Laurie has published a candid memoir, "A Spiritual Journey to Now," which readers describe as uplifting and enjoyable to read. She shares her adventures on the spiritual path, 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. She shares Sanskrit hymns and sarode music in institutions where people are isolated and suffering, and brings peace to others through music. She has been featured in the Sunday Lifestyles section of the Marin Independent Journal, a Bay Area newspaper, and also been interviewed on the radio.
What students have said about her classes:
"Laurie's class sets the tone for my whole week. In addition to helping me feel much better physically, I am much calmer and more focused." — A.C.
"It's a tranquil journey into health, happiness, and well-being. Laurie's peaceful presence compliments a wonderful class filled with inspiration and encouragement." — R.J.N.
"Her yoga class is wonderful! It's not at all intimidating to me as a novice yogi. I appreciate her gentle and calm direction and how she speaks. She accommodates any limited ability by tweaking the poses when necessary. But mostly my mind becomes calm and focused throughout the entire class. I feel euphoric and my body feels so good afterwards. My small dog and I always look forward to the next class!" — J.H.