Hi! I'm Laurel.
Welcome to Sol Luna Ayurveda, it's a blessing to have you here.
My journey brought me to the teachings of Yoga, Ayurveda & Tantra first (& a few more times) through pain & loss. In 2008 I was a junior in high school & a very competitive soccer player with dreams of playing in college & going pro. My life direction came to a drastic halt when I tore my ACL in the spring of 2008. I had been registered for many college showcase tournaments for the summer which were crucial to taking the next steps in manifesting my goals. I was completely devastated. Enter yoga. My amazing mother brought me to my first yoga class a few months after ACL reconstructive surgery & I was immediately hooked. Yoga became my safe haven & healing space. Although it presented as a very physical practice (which I loved), I was starting to change & have profound experiences within my inner world while on & off of my mat. The practice of yoga was therapeutic & carried me through my final year of high school which was filled with challenging experiences including an incredibly unhealthy relationship & social drama, it was a space of peace & processing.
Fast-forward through 4-years of college where I studied clinical nutrition & experienced many more intense life experiences, yoga was the steady thread that kept me sane & centered through lack of direction & purpose. I finished my collegiate experience with a deep sense of loss ~ I had a degree that was the stepping stone to becoming a registered dietitian, but the one-size-fits-all western medical approach just didn’t feel all encompassing to me & I still found myself & many of my peers in the program with an unhealthy relationship to food, our bodies & knowing what the “right” way to nurture ourselves was. I moved home & found my way back onto my mat at the yoga studio where I had started my journey. By the grace of one bold collegiate companion I was pointed in the direction of the California College of Ayurveda. I had done a project on India, Ayurveda & Herbalism with this dear sister (a Peruvian goddess who grew up on an organic farm & dropped out of our nutrition program our second year of study because she felt the incongruence with her understanding of nutrition & the USDA approach), but I hadn’t given the teachings too much space because I was focused on completing my course content & getting my degree. The California College of Ayurveda (CCA) was just 30 minutes from my hometown, so I decided to take a trip up the hill to see what this school was all about. I took a tour & was immediately hooked. Finally, a system that didn’t just look at humans as a body, but as a dynamic system of mind, emotions, spirit &, yes, body too! I began my course work at the CCA in the fall of 2013, just a few months after I had graduated from college.
From 2013 to 2016 I deeply seeped myself in all of the course material that CCA had to offer. I took all of the body therapy courses, herbalism apprenticeships, worked onsite & did just about every job available while also completing my course work & eventually completing my Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist Internship. From 2016 to 2018, I went on to work as an on-site practitioner & internship supervisor as well as a lead therapist in the spa & pancha karma center. During this time I also took my first 200-hour yoga teacher training rooted in the para yoga & shri vidya tantra lineage, moved to Nevada City & met my now fiancé. I also met amazing people in the field & was hired on as an herbalist & educator for Paavani Ayurveda & as an assistant therapist at Blue Sage Ayurvedic Sanctuary. Even with all of this amazingness, there was still something missing.. I loved Ayurveda, Yoga & Tantra, but the desire to still be “perfect” & to do everything “right” was still there & I felt guilt & shame whenever I didn’t follow every Ayurvedic rule to a T. This dilemma stuck with me through my completion of my 300-hour yoga training as I continued to search for softness, acceptance & peace even if I wasn’t always an “Ayurvedically perfect” person. Once again, by the grace of the universe I was pointed in the direction of Katie Silcox’s school, the Shakti School, a feminine-form Ayurveda Tantra school just for women. This was what I was missing. Grace. Ease. Acceptance. Inner-peace. Connection to my womb center. Emotional attunement. I started my course work with Katie in 2019 & now am a grateful member of her teaching team. The feminine approach was what I was missing & what now deeply infuses my approach to working with clients. I’m a 29 year-old American female with plenty of flaws & perfect imperfections, but I finally have found an inner solace within myself that is completely whole & perfect as is. My mission is to instill that sensation & true knowing in as many people as possible so that we may live on a planet where people are kinder & more loving because they are more kind & loving with themselves.
So what’s the deal with all of this sun moon stuff? I’m so happy you asked! The sun & moon are what we all have in common! Regardless of if we see ourselves as more masculine or feminine, we are all influenced by these two greater forces which carry an energetic so strong that they influence all of nature. We all have a masculine & feminine energy that can be balanced & understood by witnessing the natural play of the sun & moon. The seasons are governed by the sun which influences what grows from the earth & when. The moon influences all of the waters of this planet & flows in a monthly cycle that can also be tapped into, especially if you identify as a woman. When we begin to work with these greater energies, we can tap into a flow that is SO MUCH bigger than ourselves. We start to surf the greater energetic wave that the majority of nature is already attuned to, humans just seem to have gotten off track a bit.. That doesn’t mean that life doesn’t happen, but it does mean that we are empowered to make choices that are in greater alignment with nature as a whole. What does this look like in modern day life? It looks like adjusting your waking & sleeping times to harmonize with the flow of the sun. It might look like eating food that grows near you & is in season. It might just mean drinking more water. Ayurveda is not a one-size-fits-all approach, so the specific recommendations will be specific to you as an individual piece of nature. This way of looking at life is exciting, expansive & super practical. I’m so happy that you’re here ~ let’s remind you of your magic & start swimming in the cosmic flow that is happening whether we want to pay attention or not! The fact that you’ve gotten here says that you do care & are curious about this time-tested wisdom that is maybe more necessary now on our planet than ever. I’m so grateful to be your guide, let’s do this!
Experience & Education
Office Hours Teacher & Support for Level 1 & 2 Shakti School Feminine-Form Ayurveda, 2020 - Present
600 hr Ayurvedic Health Counselor Training, Shakti School Feminine-Form Ayurveda with Katie Silcox, 2019-2021
Bhakti Training with Katie Silcox, July 2020
Rasa Training with Katie Silcox, November 2019
Hatha & Vinyasa Yoga Teaching, East Wind Yoga, 2019
Restorative Yoga Teaching, Kinfolk Yoga, 2019
Paavani Ayurveda Herbalist & Education Outreach, 2017- Present
Blue Sage Ayurveda Assistant Therapist & Apprentice, 2017- Present
Internship Supervisor (AHC & CAS), California College of Ayurveda, 2017-2020
300 hr Vira Bhava Yoga Teacher Training with Kelley Golden, 2017
Lead Therapist, Pancha Karma & Spa, California College of Ayurveda, 2016-2018
Body Therapies Workshop Assistant, California College of Ayurveda, 2016-2018
On-Site Practitioner, California College of Ayurveda, 2016-2017
Ayurvedic Marma Therapy Training, California College of Ayurveda, Summer 2016
Ayurvedic Dough Dam Therapy Training, Summer 2016
Ayurvedic Pinda Svedana Therapy Training, California College of Ayurveda, Summer 2016
Ayurvedic Facials Training, California College of Ayurveda, Summer 2016
Pancha Karma Center Chef, California College of Ayurveda, 2016-2017
6-Month Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist (CAS) Internship, California College of Ayurveda, 2016
200 hr Vira Bhava Yoga Teacher Training with Kelly Golden & Emily Burton, 2015
Pancha Karma Specialist (PKS) Training, California College of Ayurveda, Fall 2015
Ayurvedic Health Counselor, East Wind Yoga, 2015-2016
6-Month Ayurvedic Health Counselor (AHC) Internship, California College of Ayurveda, 2014-2015
300 hr Clinical Ayurvedic Theory (CAT) Training, California College of Ayurveda, 2014
Pancha Karma Center & Spa Attendant & Assistant Therapist, California College of Ayurveda 2014-2016
Year-Long Ayurvedic Herbal Apprenticeship, California College of Ayurveda, 2014
Ayurvedic Massage & Body Therapy (AMBT) Training, California College of Ayurveda, Spring 2014
300 hr Ayurvedic Health Counselor (AHC) Training, California College of Ayurveda, 2013-2014
50 hr Yoga Training with Ryan Bailey of Yoga Reclaimed, 2013
Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, 2013