Lauren Mathena

Hi, I’m Lauren, and yoga changed my life. 

My personal yoga practice began after years and years of being curious about yoga. Like so many other people, I was hesitant to walk into a yoga studio. I wasn’t sure that yoga was for me. I worried that I might feel out of place. I finally got over that fear, and after a few classes, I was hooked on the mental calm and focus that yoga enabled. My long-time, chronic back pain from scoliosis and inactivity went away. I was feeling better, sleeping better, and getting stronger.

In early 2017, I took the next step and completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training, focused on vinyasa flow. At the time, my intention was to deepen my own physical practice. When the opportunity arose to begin teaching group classes, I said yes, and it was the best decision. I love creating classes that offer students the opportunity to unlock the benefits of yoga for themselves. 

From summer 2017 to fall 2018, I completed additional training towards a 300-hour yoga teacher training with Hot Asana Yoga University. Along the way, I deepened my knowledge of vinyasa flow and broadened my teaching skill set by earning certifications in yin yoga and prenatal yoga certified. Most recently, I completed kids yoga training with Kidding Around Yoga.

In the fall of 2018, the studio where I first became a real yoga student and teacher suddenly closed. I felt called to open a new studio to serve the Danville community. My professional background in health administration combined with my love for teaching yoga classes fueled the efforts to launch Firefly Yoga in November 2018. I am the studio owner, but Firefly Yoga was born from a shared vision among our teachers. I am so grateful to the Firefly teachers and staff for their commitment to share yoga, to serve our clients, and to work towards expanding the positive benefits of yoga to everyone. With the help of these amazing warriors, we hope to create a studio that will serve our community for a long time.

I welcome you to take a class with me and to join the community at Firefly Yoga. Namaste.

Education

RYT-500 Yoga Teacher

Advanced Hips & Seated Postures, July 2017, Hot Asana Yoga University with Lisa Rischitelli and Virginia Gallagher in Tulum, Mexico

Yin Yoga Certification, September 2017, Hot Asana Yoga University with Virginia Gallagher and Angela Hsu in Southern Pines, NC

Advanced Spine Postures & Chakras, November 2017, Hot Asana Yoga University, Colorado with Lisa Rischitelli and Virginia Gallagher in Colorado Springs, CO

Hands-On Assisting Certification, April 2018, Hot Asana Yoga University with Angela Hsu and Brady Gallagher, Durham, NC

Prenatal and Postpartum Yoga Certification, April 2018, Hot Asana Yoga University with Casey Backus, Southern Pines, NC

Advanced Hips and Arm Balances, May 2018, Hot Asana Yoga University with Lisa Rischitelli in Nosara, Costa Rica

Advanced Cueing and Functional Anatomy, October 2018, Hot Asana Yoga University with Casey Backus, Southern Pines, NC

RYT-200 Yoga Teacher

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification, January – March 2017, Hot Asana Yoga University with Virginia Gallagher and Lisa Rischitelli in Southern Pines, NC

Workshops and Trainings

3-Day Power Yoga Weekend Workshop, January 2018 with Bryan Kest in Charlotte, North Carolina

Lauren’s Specialties:

Vinyasa Flow

Yin Yoga

Prenatal Yoga

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