I am constantly inspired and in awe of the amazing teachers that I get to work with. I am so honored to get to share with you a bit about these beautiful individuals. - Laura
Joyce Layco West LA Preschool Yoga & Kids Yoga
After working in the fast paced, stress filled retail environment for almost 20 years, I realized I needed a dramatic change in my life. I had taken my very first yoga class with Laura in 2008 but did not become consistent in my practice until June 2013. With yoga I learned to be more relaxed, focused, and patient. There was a strength that grew within me physically and mentally. I had found the change I was looking for and with my practice I became a better mother, friend, and person.
Because of my love for children I started mentoring with Laura and began teaching yoga to preschoolers and elementary students in 2013. I trained with Hala Khouri and Julian Walker, a training that involved a more modern philosophy based in body psychology, Buddhist meditation, brain science, and focused on the mind-body connection of yoga. As I watch children calm their minds and meditate for even a few minutes or use their breath to hold a difficult pose, I know they will be able to take this same practice off the mat and into their every day lives. In the future, I hope to continue to spread the benefits of yoga to as many people possible, young and old.
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Kathryn Volk Lakewood Embodied Gymnastics
I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from Cal State Long Beach in May 2012. I have been doing cheer, dance, and gymnastics since I was 5 years old and spent 4 years coaching cheer and 3 years coaching gymnastics (all events). I’ve loved participating in all these activities because its helped me gain control of my body and build strength. In 2008, right after I graduated high school, I was diagnosed with PCOS, a disorder that is associated with insulin resistance and weight gain. After years of doing sports simply for enjoyment, I found that I was able to find peace and comfort in the fact that I was able to still have control of my body; it was my way of staying in shape while at the same time doing something I love. Coaching brought about a new joy; I was able to watch the joy on a child’s face when they finally master a new skill, or watching kids find confidence, learn about themselves and fun.
Maribel Castro Adaptive Yoga Specialist
I was born and raised in Argentina where I fell in love with dance & music at a very young age. I moved to California at the age of 12 & joined several other fitness/dance classes which deepened my love for health & wellbeing. My transition to this state taught me greatly about diversity & uniqueness, which pushed me towards my current educational goal.
Today, I am majoring in Child Development with an emphasis in Special Education where I hope to become a qualified elementary school teacher and eventually an occupational therapist. My purpose is to enrich the lives of children to where they can grow and develop emotionally, mentally, physically, and cognitively in a way that will allow for rich, healthy, and purposeful lives; no matter what background or limitation.
Jezabel Brown - West LA Embodied Gymnastics Assistant Teacher
I am a senior at Venice High School and I am 17 years young. I have always loved to be creative and find positive things in life to keep me going. I absolutely love working with kids and started working with them as soon as I could. I am an assistant counselor at Palms Recreation Center's camps and now an assistant teacher in the gymnastics program. In my free time, I love being on the beach and love spending time with my family & friends. Here is my favorite quote that gets me through the day, "Don't give up just because of what someone said. Use that as motivation to push harder."
Amber Ottosen - Lakewood Assistant Teacher
I'm 15 years old. My whole life I loved sports and music and to be active. Although I face many obstacles, I still try my hardest to not stop doing what I love. (Amber was in Laura & Greg’s classes when she was 4!)
Laura Fuller - Director
Since I was very young, I wanted to learn gymnastics, yoga & dance. But I did not get a chance to until I was 12 years old. I had always had sensory issues and, by that time, my body was also filled with self-consciousness & fear. The movement did not come easily to me, so I had to figure out how to learn and, through that, began learning how to teach. The movement brought up a lot of emotion, so I began studying how movement can be used to process emotion and shift the mind. I became interested in how we can have the ability to shift our own lives, and maybe more than that. In addition to directing & teaching this program, I also work as a hypnotherapist and am a psychotherapy intern. My intention for my classes is to give people a good experience and a sense of artful means in life. Read more about Laura here.