About Laurel

Just kidding!

I actually live in a place that looks like this:

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One of the most common misconceptions about yoga is that it is for flexible people and all about being flexible. This is so bonkers, I wrote a whole article about it that you should just read here.


“I’m injured!”

Yoga is actually a great way to keep moving when injured. In yoga practice, we can (a) strengthen the muscles near the affected area, to promote recovery while allowing you to stay active, and (b) modify poses to avoid pressure and strain on the injured area to allow the muscles to continue to heal. (Always tell your yoga teacher about any injuries you would like help modifying poses for, and always consult a doctor if you are unsure about the level of activity you should be engaging in.)

I posted about practicing yoga with my rotator cuff injury here.


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“I have ADHD and I can’t quiet my mind!”

Although it might seem like clearing your mind is a prerequisite for “getting into” your yoga practice, the reality ends up being more like the opposite. Unlike seated meditation, which requires constant refocusing of your brain as it wanders, in a yoga class, we use our movements and our breath as a focal point – instead of focusing on clearing your mind, a side effect of the physical practice is that your mind becomes more clear. (Over time, you may find that you benefit from this practice and discover that it’s easier to quiet your mind throughout daily life.)


“I can’t afford it!”

Yoga Without Exception was founded with the knowledge that yoga can help everyone, and there truly shouldn’t be exceptions. All classes are therefore suggested donation.

(More info about our payment system here.)