About Renée Laevsky
Hi, I’m Renée Laevsky and I’m excited to share my passion for the healing power of Yoga! I first started practicing Yoga soon after having my son 16 years ago. While I couldn’t place my finger on it, I knew the feeling of calm that I experienced at the end of every class felt...amazing! I quickly learned how Yoga was having an effect on my life, long after the class ended. My practice kept me feeling lean, healthy and flexible, while also somehow helping me navigate the ups and downs of life. So, I began my journey: first as a practitioner, then as a teacher, and finally as a teacher of Yoga Therapy.
Why did I specialize in Yoga Therapy?
After several years of teaching Yoga and observing hundreds of students, I noticed that good health and healing were often sparked not from the physical postures themselves, but from that deeper place of calm that students often discover through their Yoga practice—and I wanted to learn more about why that was.
Yoga, as we typically experience it in Western society, is a fun and safe practice that can absolutely help in the pursuit of good health. Go a little deeper, however, and the strengthening, stretching and alignment cues are only half the story. In fact, the practice of Yoga encompasses much more than just physical postures, and includes practices such as meditation, breath-work, and mantra, to name a few. Yoga Therapy draws from this full practice and offers a myriad of tools to address both the physical and the subtle bodies.
Yoga literally means “to yoke.” It is about connection, and the truth is that there is no way to separate our physical body from our mental and emotional selves. We are intricately connected to our stress response, our emotions, our beliefs, and even our thought patterns. It is often through these layers that we find opportunities to heal and live healthier, more balanced lives. Yoga Therapy is a multi-layered practice designed to bring us back to the purest and best expression of ourselves.
Yoga Therapy requires a significant amount of specialized training. Having completed an 800-hour Therapeutic Yoga training at the renowned Kripalu School of Integrated Yoga Therapy, I am certified with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). I am also an experienced Yoga instructor (over 500 teaching hours) registered with Yoga Alliance (YA).
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500*, YACEP
C-IAYT, Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy