Online Class Schedule

Classes are listed in PST
Online Classes are held on Zoom

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, I am offering weekly group classes online via Zoom. Click the book here button above, and follow the directions to register, you will receive the Zoom meeting ID and password after registering. If you would like to schedule a time to meet privately with me outside of class, please feel free to contact me at lrpuente@gmail.com.

What you will need for class:
A quiet place to work
A working camera on your device
Yoga mat
A bolster if sitting on the floor is uncomfortable

Class descriptions :
Yoga NaradaTM 120 min $20

This class is the original 2 hour format as taught by Hilary Cartwright. A flowing, Taoist approach to Yoga, class starts seated with gentle sensory awakenings, opening of the meridian channels and into specific breathing patterns. The class slowly moves into challenging abdominal work and deeper stretches and hip openings on the floor. Class moves at a gentle pace, improves coordination and flexibility, and elevates your mood.

Yoga NaradaTM 75 min $15

Ideal for students less familiar to Yoga Narada or short on time. Class starts with gentle Taoist breathing patterns and sensory awakenings, and moves into simple floor stretches and abdominal work. Class moves at a gentle and encouraging pace, and more personal corrections are given.

Opening the Meridians $10

45 minutes of easy and enlivening stretches, self massage, and gentle meridian openings. Class finishes with seated breathing exercises and meditation. Students may want to have a bolster or meditation cushion if sitting on the floor is uncomfortable. This class is suitable for all ages and levels.

Payment can be made by Venmo or Zelle

Venmo : @lauren-puente
Zelle : lrpuente@gmail.com

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Bio

Lauren Puente is deeply committed to promoting the inherent intelligence of every body. She believes that our bodies can become a catalyst for greater change beyond the structural self, our bodies can be the harmonious place where we want to live. Lauren began studying Klein Technique™ while earning her BFA in dance in 2003. She later became certified in GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® in 2006. Lauren teaches private sessions, group Yoga Narada classes and is a provider of Zero Balancing therapy, a hands – on mind body therapy. After 8 years in NYC, Lauren is now based out of Santa Monica where she teaches online and in person private clients and online group classes. In addition to her private practice, Lauren is also on faculty at American Ballet Theater Summer intensive, offering Yoga Narada as body conditioning classes for pre professional dancers.

Lauren works regularly with world champion ballroom dancers, Olympic athletes, people with scoliosis, spinal fusions, Osteoporosis, hip replacements, patients with mastectomy TRAM/flap surgery, disc issues, the elderly and everyone in between. She has completed courses specialized in the application of Gyrotonic for : Osteoporosis, pre and post operative hip replacement surgery, breast cancer survivors, pre and post natal women, and the psoas. Lauren is certified on all pieces of specialized Gyrotonic equipment.

Lauren loves to teach. She loves to see her clients transform and become set free by their own physicality. Her approach is detailed, supportive and infused by her studies in anatomy and the energy world.

Gyrotonic

The GYROTONIC® methodology was developed by yogi and dancer Juliu Horvath. It is an exercise system that aims towards balancing the body by focusing on the integrity of the spine. The handcrafted wooden machines use pulleys and weights for gentle resistance, allowing the joints to move three dimensionally with support and guidance. In Gyrotonic exercises, flexibility, strength and articulation are emphasized simultaneously. The joints of the body, including the vertebrae of the spinal column, are safely articulated in twisting, spiraling and elongating movements. The connective tissue and muscle around the joint are strengthened as specific breathing patterns help form new connections. When the joints are balanced, flexible and resilient, all of life’s activities can be supported with ease. Gyrotonic is used around the world by physical therapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, and hospital rehabilitation units.

People from all walks of life can benefit from Gyrotonic exercise. Though we all exercise for different reasons with varying goals (mental health, weight loss, strength, coordination, injury prevention, rehabilitation, and stress relief to name a few), we will not thrive if we are strong but not flexible, if we have stamina but are constantly nursing an injury, and so on. Gyrotonic is effective because the system addresses the entire capacity of the human body in a harmonious way so that all benefits of health are experienced.

The inner realms of the self are very much linked to the physical body in which we live. When we dance or run marathons, it is not only with the body. When we write, design, make choices it is not only in the mind. The body, mind and spirit affect and hold each other. In Gyrotonic, the goal is to awaken, express, and heal the entire self through movement.

Yoga Narada

Yoga is a coming together of body, mind and spirit. Too often though, the mind gets in the way of the spirit, and the body becomes confused, stiff and unresponsive.

The work is based on multiple elements of Hatha and Kundalini Yoga. Moving from a sensory awakening of the physical body, it progresses through specific breath-work to activate and stimulate the nervous system.

Flowing naturally into breath-inspired movements, the body deepens and expands in an organized progression of seated, lying and standing sequences. The focus is on inspired imagery and rhythmical structure, distracting the mind from a false intensity.

This class provides a way to achieve flexibility in the body, while maintaining a coordinated control to pass smoothly from one shape to another. By allowing the mind to relax, rhythm and breath take over. At the same time, the class addresses elements of technique that apply directly to ballet placement, line and control.

Unlike a traditional Hatha Yoga class, positions are not held but repeated in fluid undulation that gently unravel the knots both mental and physical, giving the body a sense of comfort in its movement. Each day is taken for its own individual merits, so no two classes are identical. There is always a common thread, but, as in nature, there are many paths to the same end.

Concluding with a guided meditation, or stimulating transition, each person is brought back to the reality of their external surroundings and their own individuality, yet connected space.

Yoga Narada, originally called Yoga for Dancers, was developed and taught for over 30 years by Hilary Cartwright. Yoga Narada has evolved so that it is no longer only for dancers, and all walks of life can benefit.

Zero Balancing

Zero Balancing (ZB) is a hands-on bodywork system designed to align your energy body with your physical structure. Simple yet powerful, it focuses on your whole person, even when addressing specific needs. Considered at the leading edge of body/mind therapies, ZB moves beyond Western scientific approaches to body structure by incorporating Eastern concepts of energy and healing. What this does is enable a practitioner to work simultaneously with your structural and energy bodies to bring balance.

The structural body is what you can see and touch — bone, soft tissue and all the body organs. The energy body is the seen and unseen movement, including muscular movements, movement of tissue fluids, cellular and molecular vibrations, movement within the body fields, and movement of the life force itself. Your energy body directly affects, and in large part is responsible for, your mood, emotions and vitality. Changes in body energy and its fields usually precede illness and have a causal relation to disease.

After listening to the client’s needs and goals, a protocol is followed that typically lasts 30 to 45 minutes. The practitioner uses finger pressure and gentle traction on areas of tension in the bones, joints and soft tissue to create fulcrums, or points of balance, around which the body can relax and reorganise. Clients are fully clothed, seated and later laying down on a table.

Testimonials

Lauren’s Gyrotonic sessions are a masterpiece of precision and intuition. She was able to help me with my stiff shoulder, hip and back far more successfully than any physical therapy I have ever had. Lauren combines perfect technique with an intelligence and warmth that shows you how committed she is to her practice. Every session is different; there is never a sense of falling into a routine but rather that each series of movements is being adapted to your body’s condition in real time. My core strength and spinal flexibility have grown week to week, and my range of motion has increased exponentially! I absolutely recommend Lauren for clients of any age, health or physicality.

Michele Atlan

Within ten minutes of Lauren listening to and guiding my movement I knew she was the one for me and my search was over. Lauren is a great combination of youthful energy and soulful wisdom. She is able to find the path towards balance, flexibility and strength because she deeply sees and can verbalize that through clear communication. She has a passion for the work. Lauren keeps me focused on working hard with just the right amount of lightheartedness so the sessions are never monotonous. After 3 years with Lauren, I’m doing things that I never imagined I would be able to do at age 60 with several serious injuries behind me. Thank you.

Cynthia Eddings

I have very much benefited from private lessons with Lauren. I started about 3 years ago and went through a number of health challenges, including breast cancer with bilateral mastectomy. This required a personal approach and an understanding of body dynamics from Lauren. Lauren has provided me with her knowledge and support which has taken me through all the stages of cancer treatment and post-treatment recovery and rehabilitation. I am very grateful for her patient and attentive approach and for listening to my body’s needs, all of which have contributed to my wellbeing and healing.

Helen Lavretsky

Lauren’s knowledge of the body and various exercise modalities, along with her passion and intelligence, render her to be an excellent teacher. Her enthusiasm is contagious. Under Lauren’s tutelage, my level of fitness – as well as my body – have seen significant improvement.

Patti Weinberg

I started working with Lauren to help me navigate my post surgical scoliosis with a rod and screws in my spine. To say that she has changed my life for the better is an understatement!. Through her calm, patient teaching, Lauren has shown me how to connect with my uneven body in ways I didn’t know were possible. She has revealed how to use my abdominals in the correct way, how to improve my posture, and so many other important lessons that I had struggled to learn in the past. I am healthier than ever in my body because of Lauren’s efforts, the changes are perceptible and priceless. She has given me the gift of a body I know I can work with despite my restrictions.

Danielle Lowy

Rates

1 hour private session $120 – $150 sliding scale

1 hour semi-private session $75

Online group class: $10 – $20 (see class listings)

 

Accepted forms of payment include cash, check, venmo and zelle. Sessions are non-refundable

Appointments canceled less than 24 hours of the scheduled meeting time, are charged in full.

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Thursdays 12pm - 2pm PST

 

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