Thinking Outside The Mat…
Laurie Searle (a.k.a. "Lady Yoga") is the owner of Firefly Yoga & Massage (formeraly Yoga and Fitness To Go), is a nationally certified Yoga therapist, has her own Prenatal and children's yoga school called 'Lil Fireflies' through the Yoga Alliance and also leads and co-leads teachers at the 200/300/500 hour level on her own, in person, virtually and with other studios nationally and internationally. She is the co-lead Yoga Teacher Trainer at Be Yoga in Marietta Georgia and Tavoos Garden in Siem Reap, Cambodia. She is also a certified massage practitioner, personal fitness trainer, weight management and nutrition specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and mat Pilates instructor. She’s a self proclaimed Yoga-mutt receiving her first certification with Sonic Yoga in New York City, then going on to study with Sri Dharma Mittra.
She’s had the honor of studying with Yogacharaya Shri K. Pattabhi Jois (Guruji), the father of Ashtanga Yoga in addition to Srivatsa Ramaswami (Vinyasa Krama). She received her Yoga For Youth Certification with Krishna Kaur and studied intensively, the science of Ayurveda with Dr. Jay Apte, Mas Vidal and Arun Deva. In addition, she received her teen and senior citizen fitness training certification with NASM.
Laurie has been practicing yoga for over twenty years and teaching/training for 15. She has worked with special populations including seniors, pre/post natal mommies, at-risk youth, and eating disordered/addiction recovery individuals, as well as top athletes from the Los Angeles Lakers, the Olympics and Oscar/Emmy award-winning actors.
The body, mind and spirit are Laurie’s passion and joy. It is her quest to make yoga and fitness accessible to all people, regardless of physical or schedule limitations. She loves to study, question, reflect, and share as much as she can, be it how to lose 20 pounds, or the proper way to train for your first 5K or Ultramarathon. She is continually learning from her students and grateful to be of service.
Laurie leads teacher trainings and mentorships in studios across the country, and internationally at the Yoga Alliance Approved 200 & 500-Hour Level in Hatha Vinyasa Flow through the Firefly Yoga & Massage
She also offers continuing education units with the Yoga Alliance in special populations, children's yoga, prenatal, post natal, teen yoga, yoga for anxiety and depression, yoga for seniors, yoga for at risk/troubled youth, yoga for mental illness.
She is the founder of F.E.D. (Fight Eating Disorders), a 501c3 humanitarian non-profit organization offering assistance for those suffering from eating disorders who are unable to afford medical support. A portion of all teacher trainings go toward the support of F.E.D.
Laurie is also the creator and writer of the comic strip, Lady Yoga, Superhero, featured monthly in LA Yoga Magazine, Miami Yoga Magazine and MyYogaScene.com. She is the author of the soon to be published, ‘Superhero Yoga, Above And Beyond The Mat’, teaching people how to tap into their inner superhero every day. She can be reached for writing, speaking, and teaching engagements via the Contact tab above.