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Meet Laura Washington, Owner of Luminance Yoga & Naturopathy

It is an honor to introduce Laura to you all!  Laura’s gorgeous studio is right across the street from us (if you walk through the parking lot of Honest Training/Foot Traffic heading east)!  I met Laura recently, first when I took one of her awesome yin yoga classes.  She is an amazing, uplifting woman who knows her stuff (literally decades of experience in her field).  

If you are looking for some yoga in your life check out Laura’s classes ASAP.  Check out more about her classes and her schedule here.  OH!  Your first class is FREE!!!  Thanks Laura!  

Here’s a little more about this amazing woman/ small business owner… 

Tell us a little bit about yourself:
How long have you lived in PDX? What is your favorite part of living in Portland, OR?

I moved to Portland in 1993 to attend Naturopathic Medical school (NUNM) and never left!  My favorite part about living in Portland?  It is too hard to narrow it down to one thing.  I have lived on the east coast and the west coast and, believe it or not, I think Portland has the best weather of anywhere I have lived.  All that rain pays off with lushness and beauty that is unsurpassed.  I also love Portland neighborhoods – like this one – that feel like a small village yet are a part of an awesome city with lots happening.

What got you into yoga? What has made you stick with it for so long?

I injured my back in a college dance class.  It turned into chronic pain which impacted every choice I made from then on.  In my mid-twenties I stumbled upon yoga and meditation and discovered that both helped relieve my chronic pain.  I have stayed with it because yoga is so adaptive that it can be current to you and your state each and every day.  So as I change, my yoga changes with me.

What is your favorite way to workout/train/move?

Ha!  Well my very favorite way to move is in the ocean with the fish and sea turtles.  On land, I love moving in an improvisational way – where I move the way my body is lead to move.  I love that movement classes, running, biking, swimming, hiking all develop and support different aspects of being in my body and supporting my health and enjoyment of life.

Why is working out so important to you?

I love how working out will teach you so much about yourself.  It can reveal to you capacity that you didn’t know you had and it can show you how you move through the world and that there are other options if you choose.

What 1 food and 1 beverage could you not live without?

At the moment I would say avocado and my homemade green drink but there are times when I would definitely say chocolate and coffee 🙂

What is your current self-care routine, and why is it important to you?

My body so clearly does better with movement than without.  So for me it is so important to have movement built into my daily life like teaching classes and walking or riding my bike to work.  That is my foundation.   Having those pieces in place means that even when I get busy and other aspects of self care fall by the wayside – there is still this foundation in place that keeps things flowing.

What is your biggest outlet for your creative expression?

Definitely Luminance and all that I do there!  Other than that – my garden.

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

My first career was in theater.  I was a dancer, singer & actress.  In my 20’s I worked in theater in San Francisco, on a European Tour, and Washington DC.

For more info go to luminanceportland.com  or go see her on Facebook here 🙂

Thanks for sharing Laura!  And thanks for being an inspirational kick ass business woman!  

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