Laura is senior occupational therapist specializing in acute rehabilitation at Staten Island University Hospital and an IAYT Registered Yoga Therapist. She teaches yoga classes in Brooklyn at her home studio and in Manhattan and at Samamkaya Yoga Backcare & Scoliosis Collective. Laura is a member of the Samamkaya Collective and co-teaches the adaptive yoga class for students with special needs or disabilities. Laura also co-teaches Samamkayas Advanced Studies Course in Yoga Therapeutics which is open to teachers and students who are interested in broadening the scope of their practice with more in depth studies of yoga therapy. Laura Staton and Sarah Perron co- authored Baby Om Yoga for Mothers and Babies published by Henry Holt and Co. in 2003.
Laura’s yoga classes aspire to cultivate increased body awareness, alignment and movement organization. Laura’s investigation in the body as a means of expression stems from her years spent as a performer/choreographer and her love of yoga as a healing modality stems from the influence it has had in her own life. Yoga continues to provide the opportunity to slow down, connect and rebalance.
In 2016 Laura complete her 1000 Hour Professional Therapist Program through Integrative Yoga Therapy under the direction of Joseph and Lilian LePage in 2016 and she received a MS in Occupational Therapy from NYU in 2008. Laura has studied and practiced Iyengar Yoga since 1998. As an OTR/L, Laura specializes in acute care rehabilitation and since 2008 has worked at Staten Island University Hospital where she treats a wide range of patients with movement impairments and disabilities. She developed the hospitals yoga program which included ongoing inpatient and outpatient yoga classes for individuals recovering from a variety of conditions including CVA’s, Joint Replacements, MS, Arthritis & debilitation among others.
During the 90’s and Aughts, Laura choreographed and performed with her own company Laura Staton Dance, and with Sally Silvers & Dancers and Amy Sue Rosen among others. Laura is originally from Brookline, Mass and received her BFA in Dance at The Juilliard School. Most recently, Laura spent six years dancing and performed with Parents Who Dance, a collection of performing artists in Brooklyn, NY started by Dalienne Majors.