Laura is a senior occupational therapist, registered yoga teacher and an affiliate of Integrative Yoga Therapy 200 Hour Teacher Training. She teaches yoga classes in Brooklyn at Yogasana, New Leaf and in her home studio where she runs the 200 Hour IYT Teacher Training. Lauras experience as a modern dancer and occupational therapist inform her teaching and her yoga classes cultivate increased body awareness, alignment and organization. Laura will be completing her 1000 Hour Professional Therapist Program through Integrative Yoga Therapy under the direction of Joseph and Lilian LePage in 2016.
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 include ongoing inpatient and outpatient yoga classes for individuals recovering from a variety of conditions including CVA’s, Joint Replacements, MS, Arthritis & debilitation among others. The chair based classes focus on postural alignment and body mechanics through the use of movement, pranayama, imagery and mudras.
Laura is the co-founder of Baby Om, Yoga for Mothers and Babies and continues to teach prenatal and post partum yoga and hold bi- annual Baby Om Teacher Trainings with co founder Sarah Perrron. Baby Om, Yoga for Mothers and Babies was published by Henry Holt and Co. in 2003.
Laura’s investigation in the body as a means of expression and communication stems from her years spent as a performer/choreographer in NYC and her interest in yoga as a healing modality stemmed from the influence yoga has had in her own life. Combining yoga with occupational therapy magnifies the intrinsic therapeutic value of yoga with the more traditional practice of rehabilitation and creates a powerful and functionally based approach to wellness.
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 and MS in Occupational Therapy from New York University. Laura currently dances and performs with Parents Who Dance, a collection of performing artists in Brooklyn, NY.