Student · Teacher
Seeker of Wisdom
Mama · Friend
Keeper of the Flame

 
Foot Tracks on Sand

22+

Years of experience

15

Years of teaching

27,000+

Students I have taught

1,500+

Hours of training

Teaching and collaborating with people from all walks of life is heart-expanding and inspiring.

Connecting with youth through older adults, with a broad spectrum of fitness, has been a constant throughout my time teaching yoga. I have worked with cancer patients, those with other serious illnesses, those recovering from traumatic injuries, those who find themselves in grief, dealing with PTSD, those who wish to move their body and calm their mind throughout their busy week, and those who struggle with finding balance between work, rest and play.

Throughout my years of studying yoga, I've taken many quality trainings that educated me on certain conditions, injuries and disorders. And yes, I've learned so much from each one of them, but among my greatest teachers are also my students.

My Yoga Journey

Beginning in the BKS Iyengar yoga tradition, I swiftly transitioned from tentatively taking my first class to attending as many classes as would fit into my schedule. There came a moment when I realized yoga is not simply something to do, it illuminates who we are.

Since those early days on my mat, soaking in the teachings and opening myself to a deeper exploration both internally and externally, I have had the honor to study with more than a dozen well-known and respected teachers. As a life-long learner and seeker, it has been an extraordinary gift to learn, expand, and continue to evolve. Understanding how the ancient teachings intersect with the latest scientific research is fascinating and underscores the importance of the wise aphorisms offered in yoga.

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Holding Space to Come As You Are

Holding Sacred Space

With over 1,500 hours of yoga, meditation and wellness trainings, I currently collaborate with yoga teacher trainings and lead the restorative yoga, breath, bandhas & mudras, and meditation training modules in yoga teacher trainings. In addition to my public group classes, I love teaching one-to-one personalized sessions as well as mentoring yoga teachers.

Co-teaching AcroYoga and partner yoga with Brian Yuen has been a thrill and an arena for my own deep personal growth. Through my involvement in Acro Yoga, I have made so many meaningful connections in different parts of the world with some amazing humans. As a bonus I've gained such joy in co-creating a challenging and fun AcroYoga Teacher Training.

 

It matters to me that each student is honored for their humanness and their right to be themselves without judgement. My practice and classes have been geared especially toward that powerful point of vulnerability where you are safe to be authentically yourself. This is the sacred space.

The Practice of Ahimsa

The Hippocratic oath, First Do No Harm, aligns with Ahimsa, a cornerstone of yoga. This is paramount to every interaction. I bring clarity, compassion and creativity to wholeheartedly meet each person where they are.  My classes blend traditional and healing qualities of yoga coupled with breath-centered intelligent sequencing, encouraging you to explore and cultivate mindfulness and bring lightness and into your practice and a greater sense of well-being into your life to unveil your full potential.

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They're Part of My Life

I love, and I mean LOVE, free flowing with the wisdom of yoga, mindfulness, and meditation. The play of integration in my every-day life... whether hiking and being in nature, healthy living, travel and adventure, digging in the dirt, painting and creating, up-cycling all sorts of things, or giving back, continues to intrigue me. I love noticing how the teachings, mindfulness, and meditation show up to enable a vibrant, rich journey. 

Words From Students
and Colleagues

 
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Yoga Sessions

"Great class today. I'm glad we are working on my technique. Our session together was wonderful. I feel pretty good now!! Thank you for today"

- PRIVATE YOGA STUDENT

"Dear Lorrie, thank you for the beautiful practice today. your gentle guidance and support through the yoga practice is one of the backbones of my mindfulness practice. What I’m trying to say is we love you and want you to know that we are here for you and Brian. 💙🙏🏾💙"

- SLOW FLOW & RESTORE STUDENT

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Influence
and Impact

BRIAN YUEN

I have been practicing and co-teaching with my beloved, Brian Yuen, traveling and connecting with many wonderful and inspiring humans since 2007. Brian's unique approach, his focus on the essentials, and his deep understanding of the teachings has informed my own teaching style, one that encourages strong foundations, clear communication, intelligent sequencing, and a safe container to explore one's full potential.

 

Though public yoga classes were what comprised most of his teaching schedule in past years, lately Brian has been teaching mostly private sessions in Southern California, leads yoga teacher training modules, workshops, and retreats in the U.S. and abroad.

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TONY RIVERS

When, after years of being stuck (due to irrational fear), I finally took my first yoga class and the teacher was Tony Rivers, I knew I'd found my Teacher. The teachings, the practice, and the trust that was built with him filled an unnamed yearning. 

Words cannot adequately describe my lasting respect and love for my teacher. Tony's medical background at the Royal Air Force School of Nursing in the U.K. has served him in his indepth understanding of anatomy and how things work. His teachings, in the BKS Iyengar lineage, have always been articulate and non-dogmatic. The pearls of wisdom and meaningful poetry Tony shared are invaluable, and his jokes leaned toward corny dad jokes. And I love that about him: a human of integrity.

The teachings have endured and are ever-present thanks to my years of working with Tony at his lovely golden wood floored, ropes on the wall, props galore upstairs studio in an old building in Boonton, NJ. 

ELENA BROWER

 My first introduction to Elena, in about 2010, was during a yoga fundraiser for women in Africa at Laughing Lotus Yoga Studio in Manhattan. At that time, this fundraiser was on my radar because of the luminous teacher, Dana Flynn. It was there that Elena, co-leading the event, guided the packed room through a beautiful sequence with her unique precision that exuded a warm gentleness.

Elena generously shares the teachings and her knowledge through her in-person and live-streamed events as well as books she's authored, recordings and her art. 

She is a delightful human and a seeker who continues to grow and share as a mentor, teacher, author and artist. If you haven't already, I encourage you to check out her offerings.

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JILLIAN PRANSKY

I'm deeply grateful for my Restorative and Therapeutics yoga teacher, Jillian Pransky, who for the past 25 years, has dedicated her work to sharing the principles of Deep Listening and pausing through teaching, writing, and speaking about the tools of yoga, meditation, and conscious relaxation.

Jillian's trainings and skillful teaching have been invaluable to me, speaking to the deepest part of me. My time learning from her continued when I assisted her at some of her New York yoga events, her yoga immersions at Kripalu in Lennox, MA, and in New Jersey. 

I notice, even now, how principles and techniques garnered from her trainings and my time assisting her amazing offerings are woven into my own offerings.

some souls

come into our life and

leave a lasting impression.

a sweet essence always remains.