You can live a unique life of happiness, health, & confidence!
Professional guidance to find balance, fitness, and healing through self-discovery & custom creating a personalized and passionate lifestyle.
The transformative & therapeutic application of
emotional intelligence tools & education,
& life coaching
for adults & children,
including those with special needs
For more on my books and meditation & trauma-recovery albums, please see Her Work & Testimonials
For information on corporate and institutional yoga, mindfulness, and emotional health programs, please see Talks and Programming
Laura Harrison is a motivational speaker, consultant, yoga therapist and instructor, mindfulness/social-emotional health educator, author, vulnerability coach, and guide. She is the founder of the Natural Yoga Method and has led 6 years of year-long mentor-style yoga teacher trainings. She offers profound mentor-style healing work one-on-one, locally & via Skype. She also specializes in offering mindfulness, emotional health/healing, & yoga-based professional development programs. Her programming is trauma-informed, and she works with children & adults, including those with special needs. Resume at the end of this page.
She is centered in the Capital Region of New York (Schenectady), and travels (inter)nationally to share her teachings.
See below on THIS page for links to purchase her books, meditation albums & online courses!
Her radiant and passionate energy, paired with her vast and varied experience, and clear, practical delivery makes her an effective and affecting speaker, teacher, and guide.
She’s a gifted facilitator of personal healing from trauma, PTSD, low-self-esteem, anxiety and depression. She is the perfect guide for highly-sensitive individuals, being deeply empathetic, she can help others understand and begin to own with grace their beautifully sensitive nature. This is why she is the perfect teacher of mindfulness and social-emotional health to children and teens, including those affected by autism, ODD, ADHD and with other special needs.
Her own journey saw her overcoming poor self-esteem, emotional trauma, anorexia/exercise bulimia, digestive disorders, and anxiety using only mindfulness, intuitive eating and lifestyle, and a balanced, mindful fitness routine. She went from a daily life experience that was filled with suffering to living a life that is filled with fulfilment, joy, success, and wonderment.
Published Works & Courses
Book: Living Vividly (Click on title to view/purchase on Amazon)
Book: Soul Writings (Click on title to view/purchase on Amazon)
Album: Mindful Life (guided meditation) click on title to view/purchase
Album: Reclaiming Your Light (guided meditation/healing trauma) click on title to view/purchase
references furnished upon request
2016-current Working with AIM Services of Saratoga in supporting staff and individuals with Mindfulness-based emotional awareness, stress-relief and anxiety reduction techniques.
2015-current Leading professional development courses in Mindfulness, Yoga, as applied towards school settings, special needs individuals, emotional health and healing, quality of life, professional performance, and more.
2014-current one on one (and couples) yoga therapy and mentoring programs; professional development in applying mindfulness; consulting and speaking/lecturing. Work with children & adults, typical & with special needs.
2014-current Yoga Therapy in the Classroom working in various classrooms in a Schenectady NY public school (self-contained special needs classrooms) facilitated a highly-effective yoga & mindfulness program offering tools of focus, self-regulation, social-emotional health, confidence, compassion, and self-advocacy.
2014-2015 authored Living Vividly & Soul Writings both available on Amazon
2013-current began as a contractor for CDPHP offering yoga, mindfulness, relaxation, and wellness programs & talks
2012 began focusing on Yoga Therapy- as a complimentary therapy for social-emotional health for children and adults, including those with special needs and trauma
2010-2016 Natural Yoga Method Teacher Training Course Designed the course syllabus and reading list, and authored the 80+ page manual, as well as conducted this year-long mentoring program. The six graduates from this time are Shaun Schriner, Jessica Overbaugh, Joy Adler, Cheryl Sweet, Matt Edwards, & Gina Emden.
2008-current taught yoga classes to adults and children with special needs in addition to my regular roster
2006-current started offering various workshops, lectures, and wellness programing, including healthy cooking classes
2006-2014 opened, owned & operated the Natural Yoga Method Yoga Studio in Amsterdam NY in addition to holding every administrative duty, taught all classes (12-20 per week), private lessons, workshops, created and hosted lectures and special cultural events.
2006 worked as an instructor and personal trainer at what is now Alpin Haus Fitness in Amsterdam NY
2006 taught yoga to 2/3 year olds while working at Miss Karen’s Kids Club
2005 founded the Natural Yoga Method: melding mindfulness meditation with yoga & other embodying somatic movement (such as natural/intuitive/developmental) practices and emotional awareness to empower students to guide their lives by their own sense of inner rightness
2005 taught classes at True Balance in Coconut Grove FL & Idol’s Gym Miami FL, & ran an independent group class program in the park on NE 39th Street near the Julia Tuttle Bridge.
2005 Sivananda Vedanta Yoga Teacher Training
2002-2004 taught various group fitness classes and offered personal training at several Albany NY locations
2004 NASM Personal Trainer Certification
2003-current personal study into nutrition and main focus in intuitive nutrition and health through correlation of habits and results/body feedback
2003 Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art/Mixed Media Studies (SUNY) State University of New York at Albany
2003 APEX Fitness Certified
2002 AFAA Group Exercise Certified