This is not your regular yoga class!
Rainier Beach Yoga’s mission is to provide a healing and therapeutic space for people dealing with life challenges such as trauma, depression, grief and struggling to love the body they live in. Classes are rooted in cultivating community, compassion, building resilience and social justice.
Classes at Rainier Beach Yoga are one part group processing and discussion, one part movement and one part meditation. All classes include a discussion on yoga philosophy, the movement portion of class is less about putting your body in particular shapes and more about embodying yoga philosophy, and each class ends with meditation.
Come practice in an intimate space with a maximum of 10 students/class. I look forward to seeing you.
Along with group classes, workshops and retreats I also have a private yoga therapy practice from this space. Check out Satmato Yoga Therapy to learn more about my practice.
About Laura Humpf:
I love supporting people embody and hold all the aspects of themselves with lovingkindness, compassion and understanding, and I am honored to work with people living with trauma, depression and the struggle to love the body he/she/they live in. Many of the people I work with come in with beliefs of “there is something wrong with me,” or “I am not good enough.” I also hear from many students that classes at Rainier Beach Yoga are the first yoga classes they have enjoyed. My mission is to help people uncover their wholeness beneath these beliefs and learn to hold both their strengths and challenges with understanding.
I turned to yoga in 2002 when I was struggling with my own “not good enough” beliefs. I was working at a therapeutic day school, and while trying to save the world I began suffering from insomnia. I was overwhelmed, depressed, burnt out and certain that if I just worked harder I could in fact save the world. After I started yoga I was sleeping like a baby and my mind and body were more at ease. I was able to handle stressful situations easier, I was more present, and I was able to see answers to my challenges with more clarity and intuition. I healed (and continue to heal) with body and mind, which is why I feel so passionate about using a holistic approach to mental health. Sometimes we can not talk our way into healing.
After moving to Seattle from Chicago in 2003 I decided to dedicate more of my life to yoga after the profound effects the practice had on me. I have been teaching since 2004 and practicing yoga therapy since 2007. I am a certified Integrated Movement Therapist ® and have studied IRest (a type of meditation used to work with symptoms of trauma and anxiety) with Richard Miller. I also received my Master’s in Child, Couple and Family Therapy from Antioch University in 2007. My mental health training heavily influences my personal style of yoga therapy in that I am very interested in the mental/emotional experiences as well as the physical and energetic.
I also teach and offer yoga therapy from an anti-oppression lens and am dedicated to supporting spiritual seekers and yoga communities look at the ways that privilege, marginalization and oppression play out within ourselves, our studios, our communities and our country and our world.
This works fills me up, and I am grateful to share it with the world. I am also an anatomy nerd, a daily meditator, an animal lover, an avid reader, a seeker. Most of all, I have dedicated my life to the practice of compassion and lovingkindness. I welcome you.