martini yoga's mission- to cultivate presence, gratitude, and total contentment
Nice to meet you! It can be hard to know if you and your yoga instructor will be a good fit. Here is what I believe in; chances are that if my philosophy resonates with you, a retreat/class/training experience together will be powerful! If our beliefs are too different, I am happy to recommend another instructor for you!
Laura Martini E-RYT 500 has been teaching yoga for nearly 10 years and practicing for 12. She has completed over 1200 hours of Yoga Alliance approved training from Jeff and Sonya Thomlinson, Maya Yoga Teacher Training, the South Okanagan Yoga Association, and the Nosara Yoga Institute. Laura specializes in leading unique yoga retreat experiences. Some of her favourite retreat hot spots include Costa Rica, Mexico, Bali, Italy, and right at home in the sunny Okanagan. Her retreats are ridiculously fun and often include booze (yes, you read that right). In 2015, Laura became a "Master Trainer" and began co-leading 200 hour Yoga Alliance approved Yoga Teacher Training programs through the studio she has taught at since inception, Oranj Fitness. She leads the Oranj yoga teacher training programs throughout the year in Kelowna, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Airdrie, and Castlegar.
Laura grew up on a hobby farm the daughter to two lumberjacks (they would prefer the term "foresters"). As much as her parents wanted her to be a lawyer, she went a different route and made a career out of her passions of traveling and yoga. She gets excited about animal rights and spends time every year fundraising for elephant conservation. She loves wine and thinks that her Vino & Vinyasa Retreats are a marriage of greatness. She also enjoys cheese, hiking, and historical romance novels (not the cheesy kind…substance is required). She believes in miracles, karma, and the good in everyone.
Are you a yoga instructor or thinking about becoming a yoga instructor? Head over to Laura's passion project YogaTeacherPrep.com and take advantage of all the resources she has built to support yoga teachers around the world.
Laura’s “Martini Yoga” classes are an enthusiastic and integral fusion of styles and postures that are specifically designed for our modern culture. Martini Yoga classes are structured without being predictable, they are accessible for everyone, and they are never without a healthy combination of fun, compassion, and relaxation. Laura’s relatability is undeniable, she has created a love for yoga within people of all different ages and levels of fitness. Her raw and unabashed ability to push people beyond their self-constricting ego is unique and is perhaps the reason why she has hundreds of students. She likes to help her students find their “edge” and get to know their bodies and minds a little bit better. Check out Laura's classes at Oranj Fitness and now in her hOMe studio, Mandala Studio.