Back in 2008 in the trenches of nursing school while leading a FOMO party life, Lauren needed a healthier alternative. She started practicing warm vinyasa yoga to balance the stress of her new career in the intensive care unit at Yale New Haven.
A few years later she moved to Encinitas, CA, where she completed teacher training at Corepower Yoga. California, bursting with the best avocados and fruit she had ever tasted, is also where she started to experiment with vegetarian and vegan cooking.
When Lauren returned to the east coast, she felt the shift in the Boston yoga culture. The Corepower corporate yoga setting suddenly felt unsafe and lacked encouragement to be creative. Compelled to expand, she completed her second 200-hour training at Coolidge Yoga in 2016 under Goldie Graham, Tatyana Souza, Laura Ahrens and Andrew Tanner. Her mentors modeled how to be authentic and brave. She left the training stronger, and as if a door had opened...
During the training, Larissa Hall Carlson, former dean of Ayurveda at Kripalu, came to lecture about the subject, which is the sister science of yoga. Coming from a Western medical background, characterized by specialization, Lauren appreciated the holistic approach of Ayurveda, a system created to prevent disease, treat disease, and/or maintain vitality. Ironically, she realized how unhealthy her nursing career was making her feel. She started studying Ayurvedic cookbooks and met with an Ayurvedic Health Counselor and TCM doctor, regulating her absent periods with diet, lifestyle, and acupuncture. Feeling rejuvenated, she went on to complete a 650-hour certification as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA.
Lauren now works part time as a PACU nurse, yoga instructor, and sees clients as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor. Her teaching reflects her holistic path and is influenced by western anatomy and physiology, yogic philosophy, and Ayurvedic wisdom. Her yoga class adapts to the season, time of day, and encourages individual modifications.
Interview with Lauren for Boston Voyager Magazine: “Meet Trailblazer Lauren Massalas”, January, 2019