MEET Lauren Walker
LAUREN WALKER is the author of Energy Medicine Yoga: Amplify the Healing Power of Your Yoga Practice (Sounds True, 2014) and The Energy Medicine Yoga Prescription (Sounds True, 2017). She’s been teaching yoga and meditation since 1997.
Lauren created Energy Medicine Yoga (EMYoga) while teaching at Norwich University, the oldest, private military college in the country. Her goal was to help students balance and have more ease and calm in their lives. The huge success of her work there led directly to the publication of her first book.
Lauren teaches EMYoga across the United States and internationally and has been featured in Yoga Journal, Mantra+, Yoga Digest, and The New York Times. She also trains teachers to teach her highly intuitive, simple healing method.
EMYoga is compatible with all types of yoga and can be learned by beginning and expert yoga practitioners.
Lauren was raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, and had an early love for the arts. She published her first poem at age eleven. She went to NYU and majored first in theatre at Tisch School of the Arts and then moved on to graduate with a degree in English and creative writing from the Gallatin Division. She turned down a fellowship in publishing to travel the world and gain a different kind of education. During her travels she worked in various countries, including teaching snowboarding in New Zealand and Montana and selling chocolate brownies in Ecuador.
She returned to New York City in 1996, and began work on a novel. Her roommate gave her a flyer for a yoga studio in the neighborhood so she could do some form of exercise. Lauren had always thought yoga was snore-bore, until she stepped foot into the Jivamukti yoga studio on Second Avenue; her life was forever changed. After completing a yoga teacher training program in 1997, she taught yoga in New York City at Integral Yoga Ashram in the West Village, before relocating to Montana and beginning to teach classes there.
After moving back to Montana, Lauren founded the first yoga studio in Northwest Montana, Satsang Yoga Center, before dissolving it and relocating to Canada as a war protester. In her first winter in Canada, her yoga teacher, Mary-Jo Fetterly, had a ski accident that left her a quadraplegic. This event along with the dissolution of her own studio, made Lauren re-evaluate her life, and she stopped teaching yoga for the next seven years. During this time she pursued her passion for the arts; continuing to write novels and screenplays, play in a folk band, and train as a sculptural welder. She also continued traveling the globe, spending time in New Zealand, Europe, Alaska, and the far northern reaches of Canada. She spent time immersed in the primitive skills practices of Tom Brown Jr., studying at his schools in California and New Jersey. She also discovered the work of Donna Eden, author of Energy Medicine, and began her lifelong immersion into Donna’s work.
With the election of Barack Obama, she moved back to the United States, to a tiny town in Vermont, where she started teaching again at Norwich University. The experience there changed her life, renewing her devotion to the transformative power of yoga. She put to use her diverse and eclectic background to create a program that the young men and women of Norwich could use on their own journeys in the world. That program became Energy Medicine Yoga.
The current turmoil in the world only further informs the practice of EMYoga. Lauren continues to share this work with the goal of helping every individual find their own inner healing, personal power, and gifts to share; helping each find contentment and peace.
With the success of EMYoga, Lauren has put her attention on teaching, training teachers, and sharing the powerful and simple tools that she’s gained over the years. She is passionate about healing, building a toxic-free world, and reversing the effects of global warming. Without a healthy environment, we have nothing!
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EMYoga is yoga . . . electrified!