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Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience & Following it to an Authentic Life (A workbook for awakening)
For those who feel the ache of longing, frustration, and fear, knowing that their life doesn’t quite feel like theirs. Dullness or feeling trapped, anger or stress overriding happiness, this book takes you step-by-step through the process of self-guided growth, in a smart, clear, real-talk fashion. Available on Amazon.com for only $2.99
Raw, pure essays and poems written from the heart of the human experience. Emotional honesty, exploration, and development. Move with the author as she steps into living vulnerability and individuality, and through all the pain and loss of letting go of the superficial and common.
Available on Amazon.com for only $3.99
Laura is the founder of The Natural Yoga Method~
What is the Natural Yoga Method?
Combining long holds, precise alignment and core conditioning with fluid movements, balance work, & even a slight twist of dance/martial arts inspired movement, and weaving it all together with rhythmic diaphragmatic breathing and mindfulness meditation, that is the Natural Yoga Method. It is about tuning into the sensations and emotions, and discovering your truth & freedom from within, and beginning to live it in every moment, beginning on the mat and spiraling out into every aspect of life. It is about tapping into the natural power of the body’s individual structure. It is all about integrity with YOUR truth in all ways- in form, in lifestyle, in actions, in focus, in thoughts and in choices. Honoring your body and energy, and unique creative spark, guiding by your inner sense of rightness and not external ideals… The Natural Yoga Method is about living a life that you truly love from the inside out.
The Natural Yoga Method is trauma-informed and physically-engaging, while also deeply stabilizing the nervous system, creating an empowering, grounding, and inspiring practice. It is literally a moving mindfulness meditation, leaving you calm, energized, and stronger.
An album informing a beginning practice of Mindfulness meditation. Learn what Mindfulness Meditation is, and how to practice it seated, walking/running, and enjoy a guided relaxation practice to help you fall asleep peacefully.
Available on CDbaby for $7.50
Reclaiming Your Light
A personal growth album designed to help you understand the dynamics of trauma, the process of healing, and begin a mindfulness meditation practice to aid in healing. Becoming informed and proactive in your healing is key to regaining your confidence and joy in everyday life.
Available on CDbaby for $7.50
Social-Emotional Health Education
Social-Emotional skills suffer in contemporary culture, as we have been taught for generations to deny our emotions, to function like robots, and to swallow our truth in order to be polite.
I teach my clients how to understand each emotion as a symptom of balance or imbalance, how to bravely open themselves to process these emotions, and to extract the natural message contained within, to better understand and honor their individual reality and needs.
Once one can apply this deeper relationship to themselves and their daily lives through their emotions, they can apply this honesty and compassion, in open communication, to all forms of relationships: parenting, friends, co-workers, and romantic partners.
This paradigm shift relieves great burdens from within as we learn to no longer swallow stress and to set healthier boundaries and patterns with those in our lives. There is an incredible amount of silent suffering that ends, and freedom within that begins.
I apply this in 1:1 work, and in professional development as applied to education, human services, mental health, yoga instruction, and more.
Meditation is consciously directing the attention where one chooses to place it, versus letting it fall where it may and dart from thing to thing.
Mindfulness Meditation is using the sensory-emotional experience in the present moment as the chosen focal point. This makes one more aware of the bodily sensations, senses, and emotions. It exercises the ability to focus, and strengthens it by literally changing the structure of the brain.
How does Mindfulness Meditation affect the body and change the brain?
A Harvard study showed that just eight weeks of an average of 27 minutes of mindfulness meditation daily changes the brain structure, as shown in an MRI, in the following ways-
Increase in the density/activity of the cerebral cortex: increasing *concentration *attention span *emotional integration *healthy social connections
Increase in the density/activity of the hippocampus: increasing *self-awareness *compassion *introspection *recording new memories/habits
Correlational decrease in the density/activity of the amygdala: decreasing *anxiety *fear *stress-response *fight-or-flight
This directly counters the effects of trauma and addiction on the brain. Mindfulness meditation, practiced in a personally effective modality, is the perfect tool for human health, discovery, and total wellness. Paired with deep diaphragmatic breathing, a person literally stabilizes their nervous system and changes neurologically and cellularly how they handle stress. In addition the body is alkalized by stabilizing in parasympathetic immune function. An alkalized body feels light, energetic, healthy, calm, and comfortable, conducive to creativity, joy, and fulfilling experiences.
Alternative Mind-Body Therapy
There is no exact mold into which my work fits, but I use all of the above tools, along with undivided attention, respect, and loving-kindness to help my clients achieve healing from the mental-emotional wounds and stigmas, and negative associations that keep them trapped. I support them, as they heal themselves, by slowly discovering their own resilience, brilliance, worth, passions, and voice in this life. I help them to form a healthy relationship within, with their emotions, and with being human. I help them to connect joyfully with their body, the ups and downs of life, and their own expansive heart. I help correct the faulty messages that came from a broken common culture and past strife, in order to help them become free, rise above, and live their lives ACTIVELY and HEALTHFULLY, not passively or like a victim any longer.
We use diaphragmatic breathing, trauma-informed strengthening and restorative yoga postures, discussion, validation, emotional education, offering tools for improved healthy living, and most of all, mindfulness meditation– that is the HEART of ALL of my tools.
See also Healing Work for more on this work. I also refer to it as Yoga Therapy, Mindfulness & Yoga Therapy. It can be applied with more or less physicality, and offered via FaceTime or Skype, but is most effective in person. Everything from pain management to trauma-recovery is served with this work.
Photo credit: Ronda Anderson Photography
“Laura is an amazing person inside and out! Her teachings, inspirational messages, and private yoga sessions have helped me to find calm during chaos and clarity when I needed it most! I realize now that there is so much that I am meant to do while I am here and how to channel my energy into the moment – live for NOW! Thank you so much, Laura! I look forward to working with you more!” ~Michelle V.
“Once in a while in your life you come across authentic people, Laura is on of these people. Her classes are a calm in the storm. Come as you are with no preconceived notions about Yoga, or yourself for that matter, and you’ll see what I mean. I think every student walks away with just what they need.” ~Barbara S.
“So. The thing about Laura Harrison is that she’s the first exercise instructor I’ve ever worked with who made me feel really, really great about my body. I’ve always, always, always had complexes about my body and the things it can and can’t do. Laura at Transformative Fitness is helping me to learn how to be more comfortable with the body I have. Doing body-work is a form of healing I’ve never really considered as super important before, but because of Laura I’m working on healing my body as well as my soul.” ~Jaya S.
“When I first stepped foot in Laura’s old studio in Amsterdam back in January 2013, I was going through a huge transition in my life. I wasn’t living life at all. I was surviving instead of thriving. In the midst of this, I started to reconnect with my faith and decided to explore my yoga practice at a deeper level and be around more like-minded people since I had been mostly doing yoga on DVD’s.
Walking through the doors of that studio was one of the best decisions I ever made! Not only have I explored and gone deeper in my practice (I’m currently one of Laura’s yoga teacher trainees), but Laura has given me a different perspective that I’ve never thought of before that absolutely made sense when it comes to healing old wounds. Laura has the ability to not only help you in what you should be feeling during asana practice, but has a tremendous ability to connect with individuals from every walk of life. Not everyone has that, but Laura does. I absolutely look forward to learning more from her during my journey!” ~Matt E.
“Working with Laura has been a life-altering experience. A few years back , I was traveling around with a particularly heavy heart and truly felt as if this was the way I would remain. I went to a private yoga session with Laura and felt my energy shift solidly. I will never forget what it felt like: a tangible block of energy literally expelled from my heart chakra and I was instantly shifted, flowing and feeling the love and light that I had allowed to be blocked by negative emotion. After that experience, I literally “had the answers” I needed to move forward.
At the turn of the year, I asked Laura to come to my home to teach me how to cook in a healthy vegan style. I am the typical sugar/caffeine/carb-loving person who loves veggies but doesn’t know what to do with them. The recipes we made together have shifted my lifestyle completely! My skin glows, I crave kale, and I feel lighter and brighter. Learning to eat in a healthy way left me feeling empowered.” ~Danyelle S.
“Practicing yoga has become a key piece to my addiction recovery. It has allowed me to begin making myself both physically and mentally stronger; the much needed strength required through the process of recovery. Yoga aids with the release of endorphins and dopamine into my body, once only achieved by drugs and alcohol.
I feel blessed to have found a wonderful space at Transformative Fitness. Instructor Laura Harrison has been extremely welcoming and open to aiding me on my journey. She truly cares. She and her studio have given me a place to feel safe and truly at peace in a world where recovering addicts don’t have many options for long-term treatment.
I look forward to learning more from Laura and having her as part of my support network as I continue to recover from addiction.” ~Dylan S.
“Laura is a beautiful human being!! She is talented and so alive. She leaves a tremendous impact upon all who are lucky enough to spend time in her presence!” ~Marissa S.
“I have always enjoyed the deep stretching and strength building that a typical yoga class has given me, but when I experienced Laura’s Natural Method Yoga class I feel in LOVE with my yoga practice. Her teaching style and poetic expression of each pose and hold allowed me not only tone my body, but my mind, spirit and soul as well. Natural Method Yoga is truly a WHOLE body experience! I highly recommend it to anyone just starting out in your yoga practice, AND for those looking for a deeper mind, body, spirit connection.” ~Jaime S.
“Laura is incredibly gifted at inspiring others & helping any creature in need. Both on the yoga mat & in life, she encourages the abandonment of one’s personal comfort zone to soar to new heights in living the life only dreams are made of! Kind and capable, she’s an amazing resource to anyone looking for health, whole ness & happiness.” ~Anna M.