The Higher & Better Blueprint
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The Higher & Better Blueprint

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4.7 (7 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
32 students enrolled
Created by Lauren Toolin
Last updated 9/2017
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  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion

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What Will I Learn?
  • Articulate clearly what brings joy to your life, identify the behaviors that get in your way, and ultimately achieve what you've been longing for!
  • You will develop a routine of self-care that keeps you energized and ready to take on the World.
  • You will learn what it means to harness will power for success.
  • You will be able to weather life's unpredictability and set realistic expectations for yourself that keep you moving forward.
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  • You need to be able to view videos on Udemy per their guidelines (e.g - stream video through your web browser).
  • In order to get the most out of this course, be ready to commit to yourself and follow through on the steps. I will provide a companion guide for the exercises which requires a printer to produce a copy.
  • Have a notebook ready for the journal exercises.

In this course, we will explore a practical, global, multidimensional approach to achieving success in many different areas of your life. Here's how -

  • Identify your goals and actually be able attain them
  • Create your definition of happiness
  • Approach health and wellness holistically
  • Learn how to deal with obstacles
  • Have more energy to do what you want to do
  • Cultivate a positive mind

The approach is multidimensional because we are combining ancient and modern yoga, psychology, neuroscience, and the best of modern day wellness techniques, fusing them together to formulate the ultimate plan for success.  

In over 20 years of teaching, I have helped hundreds of students achieve their dreams and define their purpose.

The Higher and Better Blueprint is the key to achieving success.  It works because this course will teach you to look at yourself in the present.  What's happening now?  How do you bring the best of you in any given situation?  How do you do that in a way that fosters your highest and best self?

This program offers you a step-by-step methodology, that has been proven by hundreds of my students to really work, to bring you a more fulfilled life.  One that is less exhausting, one that is less distracted, one that is really more positive and purposeful.

It is my life's mission to share this knowledge and techniques with you.  

Let's get started!

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who is seeking a genuine connection with themselves, a happier life, and more joy.
  • For anyone seeking a practical, effective system that encourages self-care. You will be guided on a journey of small but profound steps to detoxify the mind and body and leave exhaustion, confusion and self doubt behind.
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Curriculum For This Course
34 Lectures
34 Lectures 03:30:41

What should you expect from this course?  Lauren takes the time to lay the foundation for your investment in creating the life you deserve.

Preview 04:29

Your interior designed life! Lauren's tools will help you make positive and lasting change in your life. 

The Higher & Better Blueprint - Let's get started!

Simple yet effective steps to positive change. 

Guidelines and Personalizing Your Journey

How do you know if you're successful in your efforts to change?

Preview 02:36

Looking outside of yourself for answers to your problems leads to confusion. Lauren explains the benefits of making a connection to yourself. 

The Power of Connection

The first step toward your designed life is to ask yourself a couple questions...


What do you choose to do that contributes to your ill-being? 


Lauren guides you deeper into the question of potential ill-being without self recrimination, but an open mind. 

ILL-Being - Part 2

A resolution formed in the heart. 

Preview 04:39

How do you view yourself? Friend or Foe? 

Happiness - Part 1

Do you foster or undermine your happiness? Perspective is so important. 

Stress - Good or Bad?

Sanskrit terminology and how it relates to skillful stress management. 

Inner Wisdom

Bliss - A Meditation Practice

What does happiness mean? 

Happiness - Part 2

A practical and doable step by step movement toward what happiness is to you. 

Honoring Yourself

Steps to care for yourself so you can feel happier. 

Dinacharya - Your Daily Routine

Short practice to bring refreshed energy to your body and mind. 

AM Practice Sequence

Going beyond caring for physical. 

4 - S's

As we clarify our inner fire we are able to better digest food and information. 

Cleaning Out the Basement

Digestion Sequence

Regular practice will create a shift. 

Shift Towards Something Greater

What prevents us from seeing the potential for higher and better within ourselves?

The Science of Change

Gradual inclusion of these 6 behaviors will allow you to be a better steward of your mind, body, emotion, spirit.

The Six Replenishers

This simple recipe is a delicious way to treat and prepare yourself for bed. 

1&1/2 - 2 cups of milk 

1/4 - 1/2 tsp each of cardamom, cinnamon, turmeric 

In the Kitchen! - Rasayana pt. 1

On the stove.

In the Kitchen! - Rasayana pt. 2

The final step is to sweeten!

In the Kitchen! - Rasayana pt. 3

Another technique for health.

Chyavanprash - The Ayurvedic 'Superfood'

Take a couple minutes to prepare for rest. 

Reduce - Find your calm

A hatha practice for any time you want to feel more restive. 

PM Practice Sequence

Understanding the different ways your mind works will help you create space and meditate. 

The Functions of the Mind

'I Am That' - A Self-Realization Practice

Yoga Nidra - A Deep Relaxation Practice

Expand beyond your perceived limitations. 

Final Lecture

Focus and expand the breath to expand and contain your life force. 

Pranayama - A Breathing Practice

The Companion Guide contains all the exercises you must complete in order to maximize value as you navigate through the course.
The Higher and Better Blueprint - Companion Guide
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About the Instructor
Lauren Toolin
4.7 Average rating
7 Reviews
32 Students
1 Course
A Teacher, Mentor, Mother and a full-time Goddess

Saumya Lauren Toolin is a teacher, mentor, mother and a full-time goddess who devotes herself fully to all she takes under her wing. She was drawn to the practice of yoga at age 14 as a means of  navigating a tumultuous childhood. Continuing to develop herself through personal study and steady practice, Lauren’s yogic path evolved to teaching yoga classes infused with body-mind alignment and integration. After many years of teaching, Lauren’s students inspired her to begin training programs in 2004 as a deeper means of sharing the powerfully catalyzing process of yoga through the lens of teaching. Over the years, thousands of students have been able to refine themselves, their lives, and their style of teaching through Lauren’s loving, personalized and powerful approach to sharing the meditation, self-awareness, pranayama and advanced hatha techniques that are integral to her unique style.  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.

In addition being certified to teach in two separate yoga styles,  she holds the highest designation as an experienced teacher through Yoga Alliance and is an International Association of Yoga Therapists Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT).

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’s 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 Yoga International and find her Meditation series available through Prana Maya. 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.