Lauren’s journey with yoga began when she was in college and in need of a physical form of exercise to stay in shape. As her practice evolved over the years, she discovered the life-changing effects that practicing yoga both on and off the mat can have on the mind, body, and soul.
Through yoga and its philosophy, she was inspired to be the best version of herself she could be and found the confidence to follow her heart and intuition to live the life she had always dreamed of. She believes in surrendering to the workings of the universe to find stillness and tranquility in the mind, something that she had struggled with for quite some time in her own life. She is both excited and humbled to be able to share this wisdom and join her students on their journeys with yoga!
Lauren received her 200-Hour YTT certification through the Yandara Yoga Institute in Baja California, Mexico. Here, she studied Hatha Yoga, including Vinyasa Flow, Yin and Restorative, Prenatal, and Kundalini. Each class incorporated meditation, mantra, and a variety of pranayama techniques.
She strives to incorporate the many elements of yoga into each of her classes, making each class memorable and inspiring. Her aim in class is to encourage her students to call attention to their own inner radiance, and to honor this radiance through the connection of breath and movement!
Q&A with Lauren Wein
Q. How long have you been a yoga teacher?
A. I completed my 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Yandara Yoga Institute in Baja California, Mexico in June 2019. Here we practiced the many aspects of yoga from sun up to sun down, including participation in satya circles, nightly satsang gatherings, meditation, mantra, and asana practice. My personal practice began in 2013 when I was a freshman at the University of Minnesota, and I have been practicing ever since!
Q. What areas do you specialize in?
A. As a teacher, I specialize in connecting the emotional, energetic, and spiritual body with the physical body and breath. I want each of my students to walk away from my class feeling inspired and renewed, ready to take on any challenges that life may throw their way with an open mind and an open heart.
Currently, I specialize in Hatha and Kundalini yoga, and I am working towards a certification in Pre-Natal/Pregnancy yoga.
Q. What brought you to your current style of practice?
A. I needed a new outlook on life, as I came from a place where I felt I was always reaching for something more, continuously searching for the one thing that was missing in my life. Through my journey with incorporating yoga and its philosophy in my daily life, I discovered that the only thing that was missing was my ability to feel and show appreciation and gratitude for the things I’ve had all along.
Q. What can a new student expect?
A. A new student can expect to feel balanced and liberated as we work up a sweat lengthening and strengthening the muscles. I will encourage you to flow through the postures as if you are performing your own unique dance, while no one is watching or passing judgement! By incorporating traditional Indian music and kirtan into each class, I invite my students to open their hearts and their minds, and find empowerment in their movements.
Q. What recent industry trends have you found noteworthy?
A. Discussions on yoga and yoga therapy helping with depression and mental health. Now a days with all the technology and social media, yoga can be seen as a good release for anyone who may be struggling.
Q. What are your current wellness goals and how are you addressing them?
A. I am working on using the three elements of Kriya Yoga from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali as a guideline to live a balanced life: self-discipline in finding time for my own personal yoga practice each week, self-study in recognizing my faults and applying life’s lessons, and staying present each day as opposed to worrying about the future, the past, or things outside of my control.
Q. What is your favorite beautiful spot in Milwaukee?
A. I love the view of Milwaukee from the end of the break wall on Lake Michigan!
Q. What is your favorite place to eat in Milwaukee?
A. Dorsia on Brady Street! They offer flights of pasta and INCREDIBLE pizzas with super fresh ingredients! The best pizza I ever had was the Prosciutto, a pizza that has a fig mostardo base. Delicious!!!
Q. What are your top three favorite things to do/hobbies?
A. I love to play competitive sand and indoor volleyball! I’ve been playing at Bradford Beach for the past few summers and it is always a blast.
Right now, I am learning how to play the ukulele and I would like to make this a hobby of mine one day!
TRAVEL! I have a permanent travel bug living inside of me. Nothing excites me more than stepping off an airplane in a new country or city.
Q. What do you do to de-stress?
A. I love to spend time outside in nature when I need a way to de-stress. Nothing a good, long hike through the woods can’t fix!
I also find meditation with mantras to be a beneficial. Whenever I am feeling stressed about something that is out of my control, I turn to my Mala beads and my list of favorite mantras, and I pick a mantra that offers the wisdom I may need in that present moment.