Lauren Maher (MA, AMFT, C-IAYT) has a varied career as a yoga therapist, yoga teacher, retreat leader, & counselor. Lauren has been instrumental in helping many people learn how to reduce stress & anxiety, ease chronic pain, and find a path towards healing. Whether it is through her yoga classes, workshops, retreats, private sessions, or counseling work, Lauren enjoys helping others find a sense of wholeness, balance, and equanimity in their lives.

Lauren strives to make yoga accessible to all. She has been teaching for seventeen years, and she is often called upon to intuit her client’s needs and design programs that address a variety of issues, which could range from providing cancer support to reducing anxiety to alleviating low back pain. Lauren’s private sessions focus on gentle and therapeutic yoga that is specifically tailored to the individual’s needs. Her group classes are safe, inclusive, and geared towards all levels.

Lauren specializes in teaching yoga to cancer patients during and post treatment. She has taught extensively at We Spark Cancer Support Center since 2004, 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 serves on the advisory board for YMEDICA, a medical yoga company. 

Lauren enjoys creating partnerships with other like-minded people – she has worked with hospitals, corporate clients, wellness centers, eating disorder clinics, and yoga studios. In 2011, she teamed up with Tanya Greve to create Shakta Yoga, a teacher-training program that blends together elements of Kundalini Yoga, Hatha Yoga, and Yoga Therapy. Lauren is the co-founder of travel company Volare Retreats, whose mission is to offer travel experiences that “free the mind, fill the heart, and feed the soul.”

Lauren has lent her writing, hosting, and acting skills to a variety of media outlets. Lauren’s articles can be found in publications and websites such as Yoga Therapy Today and Mind Body Green, and she can be seen in a variety of yoga videos. Lauren has served as an “Ask the Expert” contributor to Quantia MD, an online resource for physicians, and has lectured at Providence Mission Hills Hospital’s “Wellness Through Awareness” program.

Lauren’s interest in healing and integrating the body, mind, and spirit led her to pursue her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University. In 2017, Lauren started her private practice in psychotherapy as an associate marriage and family therapist (#AMFT97668, under the supervision of Susan Levin, LMFT #47760).

Before she came to find her “calling” in yoga and psychotherapy, Lauren worked as an actress in feature films and theatre. Though it may seem to be a seemingly disparate field at first glance, Lauren found that the insights she gained from this industry in regards to self-inquiry, psychology, body awareness, and teamwork have been invaluable and highly applicable to the world of health and wellness.

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