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.