Lauren Wessinger is a mama, student of yoga, teacher of yoga, mala maker and occasional writer in Fort Worth, Texas.

Someone said to me once, “yoga is not about seeking and searching, but about awakening and coming home to that which we already are.” I took this in like a breath of fresh air. The process and practice of getting to know myself as I enter my third decade as a yoga practitioner has been one of befriending the shadow side of myself, celebrating the light side, and knowing the beauty of life lives in the simple everyday moments in between. It allows me to show up and serve in ways I never imagined I could. It allows me to be as present and clear as possible with my family, and totally transparent and honest when I am not. It allows me to see all challenges in relations and interactions as a mirror.

When I find myself asking “why is this happening to me,” I can now instead reframe as “how is this coming from me, and how can I shift the evolution of this moment?” This is why I teach: to emanate this sentiment to my students that a simple shift in perspective, a tiny articulation to a position of the body, or a deeper breath, can bring a sense of clarity and freedom we might not have otherwise known exists.

My classes provide a good well-rounded mix of styles from over half a lifetime in the seat of the student, and going on eight years in the seat of the teacher. Students can expect a robust, yet even-paced, flow class with meticulous attention to alignment and functional strength. Every class brings plenty of connection to spirit and heart. As always, we end in a restorative pose combined with an exquisite savasana to ensure students leave with a quiet and calm nervous system. My training in yoga for people with injuries, and also my offering of prenatal yoga, truly makes my classes available to all levels and needs of practitioner.

My current teacher is Elena Brower, and my past teachers who still influence me today are Judith Lasater, Ana Forrest, Jason Crandell, and Kimberly Hardick. I keep my studies close and always have several yoga books on rotation, get easily inspired by anatomy blogs on better, safer ways to teach asana, and am always looking for and planning the next training to attend. My spirited children, my entire family, my teachers, my business SoulSpace Yoga Community, and the people of the world challenge me to be my best. I feel my sweet Mom by my side always, her gentle guiding hand in all I do.