Laurent’s yoga holidays: Laurent offers a holiday rather than a retreat, for there’s plenty of time for outdoor activities, massage, sightseeing or just lounging around the pool. Beginners are welcome, and Laurent easily adapts his teaching to all levels. A pre-breakfast mindful yoga class of 90 mins starts the day at 9am, incorporating asanas, meditation and pranayama. An evening 60 minute class from 6 to 7 pm is more relaxing, incorporating restorative postures, pranayama, meditation and yoga nidra. A further class can be added to the late afternoon if requested, and at an additional cost. Props are available to help those who need, and for restorative poses. Read more about his upcoming trips in Spain, Slovenia and Morocco.
Our experience: Sasha Bates took a private class with Laurent in her home in London. Here’s what she found: ‘I would defy anyone not to like Laurent, he’s smiley and jolly and full of life. And he’s kind – during our class I felt very cared for, he really wanted me to enjoy it and get something from it.
It is clear from the way Laurent teaches that he has done lots of work on his own practice and explored the way his body moves from within, and he’s keen to help you find your own way too. Like many Scaravelli teachers, he is more interested in finding how the body feels on the inside and moving from a very deep place, than he is in finding the perfect shape to the posture. Unlike some Scaravelli teachers, though, Laurent is not averse to a bit of flow, and a bit of dynamism, as a contrast.
I particularly liked the way he came at well known postures from a different angle, which meant I was able to experience them in a different way, rather than just going through the motions – as can sometimes happen with classics like Adho Mukha Savasana (downward-facing dog) or Marjarayasana (cat pose). I also liked how he integrates pranayama into the postures, rather than simply separating it out at the end.
I found Laurent’s class to be playful and exploratory, caring but fun, intense and deep but without being serious or severe. It’s a really nice combination, and at the end of our class I felt relaxed but well exercised’.
Laurent’s training: Laurent has been practicing for 15 years and teaching for 5. He originally trained in Ashtanga yoga with Mara Muso, then became a certified Hatha yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance UK after training at YogaHaven in London with Ali Hill, with whom he also learnt ‘hot’ yoga and dynamic flow. He studies on-going with Scaravelli-inspired teachers such as Su Sareen, John Stirk and Sandra Sabatini, and follows the work of US teacher Doug Keller, who is devoted to ‘yoga as therapy’. In 2013, Laurent became a qualified Yoga Nidra teacher under the mentoring of the Yoga school of Bihar, traditional Satyananda style.
Laurent’s yoga classes: Laurent teaches mindful yoga classes in various centres in London, corporate and private classes either in your home or his. Laurent is also a yoga teacher in schools across London for children and teenagers to whom he brings the benefits of yoga nidra and meditation.
What’s lowly: Serious practitioners may find there is not enough challenge or intensity on his holidays. For that, do try Laurent’s group or private ‘hot yoga’ classes in London.
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