Lauren Maher (MA, C-IAYT) is an internationally certified yoga instructor and yoga therapist. Lauren has been teaching since 2001 in a variety of settings: hospitals, wellness centers, yoga studios and through her own private practice. Lauren specializes in teaching gentle yoga, therapeutic yoga for injuries and illnesses, and Kundalini yoga. Lauren strives to make yoga accessible to all -- her yoga classes and private sessions are open to all levels and abilities. 

Lauren is certified in Kundalini Yoga through Yoga West, and is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University’s two-year Yoga Therapy Rx program, which focuses on the anatomy and physiology of the musco-skeletal system and the common problems of the respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, nervous, women’s reproductive and endocrine systems. In 2011, Lauren completed a Relax and Renew Restorative Yoga training. Lauren has studied with many of the foremost experts in her field, including Larry Payne, Guru Singh, Judith Lasater, & Mark Whitwell. Additionally, Lauren is a certified Reiki practitioner and has trained in various schools of movement, including Tai Chi and Alexander Technique. 

Lauren specializes in teaching yoga to cancer patients during and post treatment. She has taught extensively at We Spark Cancer Support Center, where she has developed a gentle version of Kundalini Yoga which focuses on breath work, gentle stretching, and meditation, and has worked with all levels and abilities at the Disney Family Cancer Center at Providence Hospital. Lauren has been a frequent guest lecturer at the “Wellness Through Awareness” program at Mission Hills Providence Hospital, and has served as an "Ask the Expert" contributor for Quanita MD, an online resource for physicians. Additionally, Lauren taught yoga therapy classes for five years at the Bella Speranza, a residential healing center for those with eating disorders. 

Lauren is committed to creating a safe, inclusive environment for her students to learn, grow, and heal. She draws from her knowledge of various yoga styles to create a practice that is appropriate for the shifting, daily needs of her students. She takes a non-dogmatic approach to yoga and infuses her classes with a sense of humor and lightness. Lauren views the real benefits of yoga as what you take with you outside of the class in into the world. 

In addition to her yoga therapy work, Lauren earned her master's degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University in 2016. She counsels adults, adolescents, families, and couples as a registered marriage and family therapist intern (supervised under Susan Levin, license number 47760). For more information about Lauren's counseling practice, please visit www.laurenmaher.com

PUBLIC SCHEDULE

Monday:

1:30-2:40pm Gentle Yoga
Yoga Works Pasadena
277 West Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91105
www.yogaworks.com  

Tuesday:
11-12pm Kundalini Yoga
Yoga Works Los Feliz
5531 Hollywood Blvd. (corner of Western Ave.) 
Hollywood, CA 90028
www.yogaworks.com

Thursday:
11-12pm Kundalini Yoga
Yoga Works Los Feliz  
531 Hollywood Blvd. (corner of Western Ave.) 
Hollywood, CA 90028
www.yogaworks.com

Friday: 

9:30-10:30am Gentle Kundalini Yoga and Meditation

Classes are free of charge for cancer patients, their families, and their caregivers.

Classes are open to weSPARK members only - please contact weSPARK to register. 

weSPARK Cancer Support Center, 13522 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

www.wespark.org