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Lauren Jay Toolin

Level 3 ParaYoga Certified Teacher and Certified Four Desires Trainer Troy, NY, USA

Saumya Lauren Toolin is a teacher, mentor, mother and a full-time goddess who devotes herself fully to all she takes under her wing.  Lauren is a leading teacher of ParaYoga and was one of the first to be certified as a senior teacher by ParaYoga’s founder, Rod Stryker. She has closely apprenticed with Rod since 2004 and helped to design and directed the ParaYoga Master Training (PYMT) Certification program for many years.

In addition being certified to teach in two separate yoga styles, Lauren is an International Association of Yoga Therapists Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and an E-RYT 500 through Yoga Alliance.

Part of the first wave of Certified Four Desires Trainers, she weaves this holistic life coaching program into her teaching and her work with individuals. Lauren is regarded as an expert anatomist, and her alignment, assisting and adjusting trainings are popular throughout the country. In her work with the PYMT program and her own trainings through her Yoga Vidya school, Lauren has mentored hundreds of exceptional yoga teachers and practitioners.

She has presented workshops at the Kripalu Center, Omega, the Himalayan Institute and at many yoga events. She taught Yoga as Medicine workshops with Dr. Timothy McCall from 2009-2013. You can practice with her online through YogaInternational.com and find her Meditation series available through PranaMaya.com. She also offers a powerful lifestyle course, The Higher and Better Blueprint, through Udemy. In 2011, she founded the Women’s Liberation Festival, which celebrates positive feminine power and cultivates effective action in the world.

Lauren was on the Yoga Journal team for several years, and edited the Anatomy and Asana columns.  She created, developed the content for and associate produced the PBS television special ‘The Practical Power of Yoga’ in 2009. Lauren has been featured in Yoga Journal, Yoga Plus Joyful Living, Yoga International, Origin magazine and many publications and media.

Lauren is based in upstate New York, where is she directs her Yoga Vidya 200, 300 hour and specialty trainings.  She also travels widely as guest faculty and leads interesting retreats worldwide.