Laura Burkhart is a 500 E-RYT San Francisco based International teacher. She is a two-time cover model for Yoga Journal Italy and Singapore, and regular contributor for Yoga Journal US, and May 2019 cover model for Om Yoga & Lifestyle Magazine. Laura co-leads 200-hour teacher trainings with Jason Crandell, and mentors teachers in creating successful public and online teaching careers.
As a recovering workaholic and previous dancer, Laura sought out yoga to help combat the serious health problems her body was experiencing as a result of a decade of major stress and insomnia. She gravitated toward yoga because it reminded her of the similar meditative movement she found when she used to dance. The main difference she discovered between yoga and dance was that yoga encouraged her to respect her body rather than push her body beyond its limits. The healing, grounding benefits she received from yoga was so profound that she decided to change the course of her work life to help others find the same relief and peace she had found through a fluid, meditative vinyasa practice.
Laura's creatively sequenced classes are challenging, with a smooth and rhythmic flow. She is conscientious about catering to different levels and ability, ensuring that all her students feel welcome and comfortable. She is known for her warmth, fluidity, precision and smart sequencing and is attentive to the needs of her students. Laura’s extensive studies under primary mentor of twelve years, Jason Crandell, from whom she has learned the art of smart sequencing and attention to detail, and Shiva Rea, where she honed her fluid style, have forged an intuitive, spontaneous and eclectic instruction style.
In addition to working with Yoga Journal, Laura has been featured in Mantra Magazine, Origin Magazine, and has written for online publications such as Greatist, Refinery 29 and SELF Magazine. She has taught at The Yoga Journal Conference, The Bali Spirit Festival, Yoga Festival Italy, Wanderlust 108, Stockholm Yoga and Dance Festival, Yoga For Hope and Yoga Rocks the Park.