386215_10100291093029510_2094407912_nLauren Darnell (E-RYT 200), is a Crescent City native, creator of Yoga Power Play, co-founder of Park Yo Mat and Free To Be Power Yoga School.  Immediately drawn into the practice of yoga in 2007 to initially rehabilitate a hip injury, Lauren quickly found the benefits of a regular power yoga practice to be profoundly heart-awakening and life changing.  Since 2009, Lauren has assisted and trained with several Master teachers including world-renowned instructor Baron Baptiste and master children’s yoga instructor Jodi Komitor of Next Generation Yoga.  Drawing on her yoga experience from around the world including Hot Power Yoga London, transformational programs from the Concord Institute, and lifelong study of teaching movement that has included tennis instruction, and research at the University of Iowa involving linguistics and movement through dance, she brings a wealth of knowledge to her classes and programs.

A stand for creating possibility for others and for herself, Lauren teaches with the intention for students at any age to learn tools to listen to their bodies, challenge the known, and reach beyond their personal limitations.  Lauren is in collaboration for creating community elevating and empowering events, programs, and classes for whole life health around New Orleans, nationally and internationally.