Saumya Lauren Toolin is a teacher, mentor, and mother who is devoted to living a life infused with Yoga and spiritual connection.
She was drawn to the practice of yoga at age 14 as a means of navigating a tumultuous childhood. It has been a guiding force in her life for more than forty years.
Yoga Trainings and Certifications Background
Continuing to develop herself through personal study and steady practice, Lauren’s yogic path evolved in the early 90s to teaching yoga classes infused with body-mind alignment and philosophical and spiritual integration.
In 2004, she created her first teacher training program, 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. Meditation, self-awareness, pranayama and advanced hatha techniques that are integral to her unique style.
Lauren was also a lead teaching assistant and apprentice to Rodney Yee for many years, and co-teaches groundbreaking Yoga as Medicine yoga therapy trainings with Dr. Timothy McCall.
Lauren has been teaching for more than 20 years and is an initiated practitioner in the tradition of Sri Vidya. Always insightful, inspirational, and infused with humor, Lauren’s teaching conveys her talents as an anatomist and her passionate belief in Yoga’s boundless potential for creating a healthy, successful and loving existence.
Her passion for All Things Yoga has allowed her to expand her work beyond the yoga classroom. She edits the Anatomy and Asana columns for the world’s most popular yoga magazine, Yoga Journal. She conceptualized and associate produced “The Practical Power of Yoga,” a public television special, and has contributed to Yoga + Joyful Living Magazine, which featured her as a cover model in 2006.
She is a respected mentor to other yoga teachers. She directs and is guest faculty of several teacher trainings and leads workshops and retreats nationally and in Belize and Puerto Rico. She is also one of the founders of the Shakta Yoga Collective.