Lauri Phyland

Student level

My yoga journey began around 2012 as a way of dealing with anxiety and in hindsight an overactive nervous system. I was studying in Melbourne at the time and found yoga magically relieved tensions that had accumulated in the body and mind. There was an unravelling that began to occur, a feeling of spaciousness and freedom.

At the moment, my fave style to teach is a slow vinyasa flow with a focus on creative movement, pranayama & meditation. I like to provide people with plenty of options so they can access their own unique expressions of the shapes.

Teaching & Certification

  • 200 hour with Yoke Yoga in Torquay

Teaching Style

  • Adjustments/Assists: Yes. I like to provide intentional, safe and supportive assists when it feels right.

  • Theming: Yes - love a good theme! I theme my classes around a specific word or concept, often with the hope of drawing people back their own inner resources such as the breath and mindfulness techniques.

  • Sequencing: I love guiding people through a creative slow flow into a peak pose, with little surprises along the way - new ways of moving, transitioning and breathing to find moments of joy and playfulness in the practice.

  • Music: Currently loving Khruangbin and Canadian guitarist Sean Angus Watson (guitar riffs that dreams are made of!). Anything with soulful, modulating instrumentals for flows, with the odd upbeat track for a bit of fun! I also sing and play guitar in savasana a few times a week, at Yoga 213 and Yoga Casa. Music is really important to me!

On & Off the Mat With: Lauri Phyland

As a yoga teacher, what inspires and motivates your teaching?

Music, nature, the seasons and my yoga teacher friends/mentors down here on the coast. I feel so lucky to have an abundance of inspiration on my doorstep - amazing teachers, bushland, ocean and the beautiful students who are finding yoga in this part of the world.

How has your own yoga practice evolved since becoming a teacher?

It's slowed right down, with a lot more Yin! I'll occasionally practice a sweaty, fast vinyasa practice if I get the urge, but it's mostly Slow Flow, Yin, Yoga Nidra & Meditation. Teaching has also sparked my interest in living yoga off the mat through ancient practices, particularly Ayurveda.

Do you have any yoga teachers that you admire and/or look up to? Who are they?

Ahh ... sooo many! All of my Yoke YTT yogi pals and coastal teacher friends. Ryan Mannix, Patch Thompson, Aleisha Smith, Sammy Veall & Jo Buick all continue to be sources of support and inspiration. I also genuinely admire the courage of the students who show up for themselves on the mat, regardless of life's challenges/distractions.

For those of us that haven't practiced with you before, what can we expect from your classes?

You can expect slow, mindful, expressive movements, with options to explore your 'edge' in a few challenging shapes, an element of playfulness, pranayama/meditation and a well deserved savasana. You can also expect some live music (vocals & guitar) in savasana from time to time!

I like to provide people with plenty of options so they can access their own unique expressions of the shapes.

What type of class could you teach all day, everyday and why?

Slowwww flow :) it!

Do you practice any other form of movement or fitness besides yoga? If so, what kind?

Yes! Unless I'm in a yoga studio, I like to be outside - hiking, surfing, mountain bike riding or the occasional jog!

What's your go-to spot in Melbourne to get inspired?

Oooo ... I'm going to say Point Addis, even though it's a solid hour from Melbs! The place has a magical energy.

Which 3 icons or figures would you want to sit next to at a dinner party and why?

David Attenborough. His voice is mesmerising! Just Dave. That's all haha!

Finish this sentence. "I feel the most like myself when..."

I'm camping!

And lastly because it's fun, what's your spirit animal?

I would say some kind of bird ... that spends it's days singing and floating around in the sky!

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