Laura T.

Education

  • PhD, Education -- University of Denver
  • MA, Education -- University of Denver
  • BS, Elementary Education -- Butler University

Certifications

  • 200 RYT -- 2015
  • Young Warriors Children Yoga Certification -- 2014
  • Postnatal Yoga Certification -- 2013

What semester & year did you begin employment as a fitness instructor at RecSports?

Spring 2018

When did you you begin teaching group fitness in general?

2015

Fitness philosophy

Yoga is accessible and beneficial for everyBODY and the courses I teach offer modifications for all levels of abilities. I approach teaching and my personal practice with a smile and an open heart, remembering that it is the journey that matters most.

Fitness interests & other hobbies

After living in Colorado for the past fourteen years, I am an avid outdoor enthusiast that enjoys running, hiking, road biking and cross-country skiing. In addition, I compete as a hunter/jumper equestrian at Lucky Horse Equestrian Center with my horse, Rockne, and I coach the high school Interscholastic Equestrian Association riding team. I like to think that I have a green thumb, as I also enjoy gardening and growing food for our family.

Why my class?

Yoga is an integral part of my life that continues to teach me more and more about myself every time I practice, and I believe it can do the same for you through the mind-body connection. Practicing yoga has something to offer everyBODY, regardless of what brings you to your mat. Yoga can help you increase your physical strength, flexibility, balance, and mindfulness practices. Linking breath and movement helps to quiet the mind, which is something that we all need in today’s fast-paced world and it’s one of the greatest gifts that yoga provides me every time I practice. When you attend one of my classes you can expect an energetic, challenging flow of postures that will get your heart rate pumping and toes tapping to the beat.

How do you motivate participants?

I believe in creating a sense of community in my classes where participants challenge themselves through movement and have the opportunity to draw connections between themselves and the philosophy of yoga. Music is also a powerful motivator that I use to accompany the flow of class.

What is your favorite style of music to play in class?

Music accompanies and guides the flow of the class, so it does play an important role. Each class begins with a gentle warm-up of sun salutations to warm and strengthen the body, followed by an upbeat and energetic flow, and culminates with restorative postures accompanied by more meditative music to prepare us on our way as we step off our mats.

Why do you teach group fitness?

The collective energy created in a group is powerful and contagious! The connection yoga offers between the mind, body and heart is what keeps bringing me back to my mat and an experience I hope to offer my students. My intention is to create a welcoming space where students can connect with each other, themselves, and the healing properties of yoga.

What is your affiliation to the University?

Outside Community Member

What types of classes can you teach?

Vinyasa Flow, Power Yoga, Gentle/Restorative Yoga

Anything else you'd like to share?

Yoga challenges me on and off of my yoga mat, while helping me to become a better version of myself. With a Ph.D. in Education, I believe that teaching and learning go hand in hand, and that the best teachers must always be students themselves. My thirst for knowledge continuously leads me to take additional trainings and workshops, and I look forward to sharing the juicy tidbits of wisdom I pick up along the way with you. My teaching style is mindful, challenging, and fun – and I’m excited to see you on your mat!