Laura Farrier

Laura Farrier

Ashtanga Yoga Teacher, who started her Yoga journey in 2001, completing her first teacher training in 2008 in India. She returns yearly to continue her evolution as both student and teacher . Apart from Yoga, Laura loves also dancing, and enjoying as much time as possible on the beach!

1. Tell us who Laura is with 5 adjectives

Disciplined, Well-traveled, Healthy, Conscientious, Educated.

2. What is your passion, apart from Yoga?

Anything near, on, or in the water. I also love dancing.

3. Where do you go to recharge your batteries?

Apart from Yoga being the main thing that recharges my batteries, I love having massages, or just reading a good book at the beach!

4. Who are the top 3 people in your life?

My mother for supporting me , my Yoga teacher in India for pushing me, and my late grandmother for believing in me.

5. Tell us how you started your yoga journey, in which country/city and with whom?

I started praciting Yoga asana with my mother before University, continued whilst at university and also when I lived in Thailand. My actual exposure to more facets of Yoga, like philosophy etc… happened in India at the Sivananda ashram in Kerala, where I completed my first training.

6. How do you keep improving your Yoga skills? What is the one part of Yoga that you still believe you need to learn much more?

I go back to Mysore every year to study with my teacher, I read quite a lot , and attend courses, workshops and retreats. I think we are all students first and teachers second. I’d like to go back to learning sanskrit again. Honestly, yoga is such a vast subject there is always much much more to learn.

 7. What are the 3 mistakes that yoga beginners often make when they start yoga, and what would be your advice so they can avoid them?

I don’t know if I’d call them mistakes but definitely things to watch out for.

I think beginners often come to yoga with a more experienced friend and find the class too intimidating or difficult. So I would say start with some foundation, intro or beginner classes. All good studios have them.

The second common issue is self teaching or learning from social media. Although it can be a great way to get people interested, Yoga is a method that needs to be passed from teacher to student directly. So seek out your local studio and try a class!

Finally, if you don’t immediately connect with the first class you do, try another! There are many forms of Yoga asana, and we aren’t always lucky that we fall into the perfect class straight away!

8. If you had all the money to make it a reality, which dream yoga class would you like to create, and where?

To create? I’d love to teach a retreat somewhere really remote, with just the very basic things available. Not at all luxurious but instead challenging, with lots of  silent meditations and spectacular views! Perhaps high in the Himalayan mountains on or a tiny island. But that would cost my students, not me!

9. Tell us the funniest situation that happened in a yoga class (either as a teacher or as a student!)

Nothing comes to mind. I know with my teacher in India, I’m far too busy sweating to notice anything else happening!

Laura is Ashtanga Yoga teacher, currently teaching at Zen Yoga Dubai and also private classes and corporate Yoga. She holds Kirtans in Dubai, and occasionally teaches chanting workshops.You can find out more about her here:

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