Lauren Hendricks

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED?
I was born in Santa Barbara, CA and raised in Ventura for most of my life.

TELL US A BRIEF HISTORY OF YOUR PERSONAL PRACTICE
I started practicing yoga while pregnant with my daughter in 2013 and immediately fell in love. Once on my mat, I found that yoga helped me to learn patience, allowance, self-love and so much more. I found that the strength and body awareness I had established through my background of running, swimming and fitness easily transitioned to my asana practice. I am continually inspired by yoga’s trans formative power, both physically and mentally.

TELL US A BRIEF HISTORY OF YOUR TEACHING EXPERIENCE
As I began to feel the transformation yoga had in my life I felt inspired to share that gift with others, and enrolled a Yoga Alliance RYT 200 Hour Teacher Training Program. I enjoy teaching students of all ages and abilities and design each class to match the skill and learning levels of all participants. I focus on instructing students on alignment, breathing and proper movement, and my classes are a mix of encouragement, challenge, and most importantly, fun. I am highly motivated to help others reach their health and fitness goals, and enjoy establishing positive, professional relationships with my students.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE YOGA POSE?
My favorite pose is eka pada rajakapotasana, or Pigeon Pose. I truly love all hip openers, but Pigeon Pose holds a special place in my heart (or hips.) In addition to the physical benefits of this pose (stretching the thighs, groins and psoas,) we typically hold a lot of emotions in our hips and I always feel that my body breathes a big sigh of relief when I come into this pose.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE YOGA/SPIRITUALITY/SELF HELP BOOK?
My favorite yoga/spirituality book is The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving Kindness, by Pema Chodron. I have always struggled with meditation and how to integrate it into my life and yoga practice. Through Chodron’s interpretation of the Buddhist principle of loving-kindness, I have found that the path to a mindful, compassionate life involves quite a bit of self love and forgiveness.

ANY ADVICE FOR BEGINNERS?
My advice to anyone just starting their yoga practice is to enjoy the challenge! Truly connecting with your inner body can be challenging for everyone, but especially for beginners. Your sense of your own body and what it can accomplish will get better, I promise. Try many different types of yoga, you might find that you are drawn to a completely different type of practice than you thought that you would be. Don’t give up!

WHAT DOES “COMMUNITY” MEAN TO YOU?
Community, to me, is a group of people that will lift each other up with love, support and encouragement. Community is not only something that a person fits into, but is something that you choose for yourself, through a process of self-discovery and shared circumstances.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT VENTURA?
My favorite thing about Ventura is how accessible so many different types of outdoor activities are. From surfing Ventura Point to hiking the Botanical Garden Trail at sunset, there’s always a way to take advantage of the incredible surroundings this town has to offer.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION?
My favorite non-profit organization is the Arc of Ventura County, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. My older sister has cerebral palsy and this organization has played a huge part in her life for quite some time. I really value the work that they do and the emphasis they put on integration and participation in the community.