Odyssey: n. a long wandering and eventful journey
This is the story of how yoga was the conduit that saved my life, reconnected me to the wisdom of my own body and inner voice, reclaimed my voice and a pivotal path to the journey home to my whole, integrated self: my heart, my mind, my body, and my spirit.
Lori is a 225hr Certified R-HYI Hatha Yoga Instructor. She is Seminary bound in January 2020 to begin her Master of Arts in Theology studies at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena and thrilled to be Music Director for New Room Community in Upland, CA.
She grew up overseas and Downunder, a TCK on more than one beautiful island. Always a free spirit & encouragement cheerleader. She gets her love of words, science, and theology from her Linguist parents. Studying music was the only path that made sense in college, at the time, and music runs in the family and back through extended family. After a painful separation from music, she’s listening for new opportunities to make music, and began singing again. (If you’d like to hear more about what happened to that part of her story, check out the first 3 short-form episodes of her podcast).
A practitioner of spiritual sobriety, spiritual agency and freedom, advocate for embodied, integrated soul care and self-compassion. Yoga was a pivotal part of her healing journey, of listening to her body, her intuition, and remembering who she was and of her calling to help be a small part of bringing hope & healing to the world. A lifelong student, and contemplative reader, curious cat and student of social justice matters, a more equitable world, and believer in shalom and wholeness. She recognizes she has a lot to learn about equity, do less harm, spending her privilege and is doing her personal best to do the work and bring awareness to her companions along the way.
Yoga is a deeply spiritual and ancient practice. It is more than just a physical or asana practice. Discovering a Jesus-centric yogic practice was such a redemptive, life-giving, and vital part of her journey — it truly saved her life. An embodied practice that brings heart+mind+body+spirit together can be very moving, powerful, and restorative. Her first two yoga classes as a student were an encounter with the Divine Love of God whispering Love to her heart as she began to learn the art and practice of listening in prayer, breathwork, also known as the ancient yogic practice of pranayama, and paired alongside Contemplative Christian Spiritual Practices & Spiritual Disciplines such as Christian Meditation, Lectio Divina, the Prayer of Examen and Centering Prayer.
She’s an obsessed and smitten auntie to one perfect nephew.
She’s so excited to see you in class or connect with you online. Grace & Peace