Formerly the General Manager of The Discovery Channel Europe, Laura is now the founder/director of VedaWise, offering clinical services in natural medicine for whole person wellness and trainings in the Vedic sciences. She offers classes and consultations in Ayurveda, Jyotish, Yoga Therapy, Whole Food Cooking and Nutrition, and serves as a contributing Ayurvedic educator at the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine.
Working for years in the fields of health and human potential, Laura is a Vedic Healer, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Yoga Teacher, food writer, and co-founder of the Deep Yoga School of Healing Arts. She has studied the world over with some of the greatest luminaries of our time, practicing and sharing what she has learned from ancient, proven wisdom for modern, dynamic times.
Laura’s blog food-alovestory.com is an inspirational resource for Ayurvedic recipes and wise living. Her popular whole food, plant based seasonal cleanses are powerful, effective and deliciously nourishing. Her articles on health and wellness have been published in Huffington Post, Ayurveda Next Door, Spirituality & Health, and the Times of India, among other national and international media.
A deep and essential value in Yoga is Seva, a Sanskrit word that means service beyond self. Over her twelve years teaching Yoga in San Diego, Laura taught regular, free classes to the following communities ~
Shakti Rising, a residential recovery center for young women; CoronadoSAFE, supporting families and children; Rachel’s Place, for homeless women; The Foundation for Women, growing a healthier world through micro-loans and business training for women in challenged places; Outdoor Outreach, using outdoor activity to inspire youth to see possibility and opportunity; La Maestra Community Health, serving women and families in underserved communities; San Ysidro Health Clinics, restoring the care in health care; Harmonium Family Services, building healthy communities by strengthening the health in families; and the Braille Institute.
From this experience, she developed Deep Yoga Seva, so graduates of her Yoga Teacher Training could continue teaching Yoga to these communities and beyond. For more on these projects, please read Laura’s interview with Rob Schware on the Huffington Post.
The Sophia Camp is the ultimate expression of this desire to give back all she has received from her teachers, family and friends, and to share the genius of the Vedic sciences with all. Sophia Camp is a week-long, day camp for Middle and High school age girls aims to cultivate self-esteem, self-care and self-regulation through the gifts of Yoga & Ayurveda. Days include Expressive Arts, “Lunch with (STEM) Leaders,” Listening Circles and Productive Play all designed with measurable activities to grow compassionate leadership and resiliency. After all, today’s girls are tomorrow’s mothers, wives, peers and world leaders!
Additionally, Laura has started a Scholarship Fund to support individuals with chronic illness in travelling to and staying one month at Vaidyagrama, an Ayurvedic Healing Village in south India – and to support Parmarth Niketan’s Medical Camp in north India, where she recently worked delivering Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda to rural women and children, and saw first-hand the power of these ancient sciences to cross all boundaries and heal, empower, uplift and transform.
For over four decades, Laura has studied the world’s great wisdom traditions with a host of heart-centered masters including TKV Desikachar, Drs. Manisha and Suhas Kshirsagar, Rita Rivera, don Miguel Ruiz, Dr. Jayrajan Kodikannath, James Kelleher, Dr. David Frawley, Shambhavi Chopra, Yogarupa Rod Stryker and Bri Maya Tiwari. She is certified as an Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner through Kerala Ayurveda Academy; as an Advanced Yoga & Ayurveda Educator, and an Ayurvedic Healing Practitioner through the American Institute of Vedic Studies; and is a registered E-RYT500 with the Yoga Alliance.
Spiritually, Laura has been guided by Paramahansa Yogananda, Anandamayi Ma, Baba Muktananda, and HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, who has recently asked her to create Ganga Yoga to raise awareness about the need to honor and preserve our mother waters, our mother divine, the divine Shakti in all its expressions, and the spirit of loving service that is at the heart of all Yoga.
If you would like to make an appointment, or learn about retreats and trainings, please contact Laura directly :: firstname.lastname@example.org.
It doesn’t get any better than class with Laura. She is Mother Nature, and her words bring your consciousness to experience a full appreciation for the present moment.Diane Heaton
Thank you! Thank you for your guidance and for sharing your wisdom and for your generous spirit. Twice this week you were like an angel on my shoulder reminding me that I am enough and that life is full of blessings if we only open our eyes to see them.Melanie Peters, UCSD
Laura’s presence on camera is electrifying!The Discovery Channel