Lauren Jay Toolin
Saumya Lauren Toolin is a teacher, mentor, mother and a full-time goddess. She has spent more than 35 years practicing yoga and meditation and more than 20 teaching. Thousands have been touched by her loving ferocity and ability to provide no nonsense, directed life lessons through the lens of yoga. Her offering is multifaceted and powerfully catalyzing for all aspects of the students that she guides. Meditation, self awareness, pranayama and advanced hatha techniques are integral to her unique style.
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. She also apprenticed with Rodney Yee for many years and has studied extensively in the Iyengar tradition. She was initiated into the Sri Vidya Tradition in 2001 and has been immersed in the study of Tantra, Sri Vidya and Ayurveda since then.
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. It is also part of her advanced training program and stand alone workshop offerings.
Lauren is regarded as an expert anatomist, and her alignment, assisting and adjusting trainings are popular throughout the country. As developer and former director of the worldwide ParaYoga Master Training Certification Program and her own trainings through her Yoga Vidya school, she has mentored hundreds of exceptional yoga teachers and practitioners.
Lauren is regarded as an expert anatomist, and her alignment, assisting and adjusting trainings are popular throughout the country. Her love of all things yoga has taken her beyond the mat and studio setting. 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. 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 its 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.
Every day, she strives to embody the principal philosophy that she believes yoga to be – the science and art of utilizing one’s power and passion to create a life of health, love and liberation. Currently Lauren is based in upstate New York, where is she directs her Yoga Vidya 200 and 300 hour trainings. She also travels widely as guest faculty and leads interesting retreats worldwide.