Lauren Tolley

Lauren came to yoga in her freshmen year of college, in 2011, dealing with several personal issues including an anxiety disorder and mild OCD symptoms. She began practicing in her apartment with videos she found online. Her background in gymnastics helped her feel an instant connection to the postures and flow of yoga; however, it wasn’t until a few months later that she truly fell in love with yoga, when she stepped into her first class. Everything about the breath and flow resonated with her, and felt as though it were made for her.

Through a regular practice, within a few short months, nearly all of her health issues faded away and her personal issues resolved themselves as she found a deep lifelong purpose to practice yoga and share the love and joy the practice gave her with her students. She was certified in Hatha Vinyasa shortly after stepping into her first class and has been learning, growing, and teaching ever since. Lauren has been teaching between 4 and 15 classes a week since early 2014 and recently transitioned into making teaching her career, following her passion.

Her philosophy as a teacher is simple: the only limits that exist are the ones you set in your own mind. She encourages her students to be fearless and to always find joy in their practice and in their lives. In her classes she teaches students how to playfully approach more difficult postures and remain lighthearted as they challenge themselves.

She has experience teaching all different levels, age groups, and abilities, and has experience teaching vinyasa, hot flow, power, core, yin yoga, and yoga for athletes. She is a 200hr certified Hatha instructor from One Heart Yoga, Fuquay Varina NC. When Lauren isn’t sharing her love of yoga she can be found playing outside with her husband and their two furry kids- and, well, doing yoga.