Yoga Teacher, Grief Worker, Energy Healer
I am a trauma-conscious yoga teacher, rest and grief worker, freelance writer, college lecturer, energy healer, and joyful activist. I am the founder of A Restful Space, offering personalized restorative yoga and community rest and eco-grief circles in Humboldt County, CA, in addition to my self-paced online course, Yoga for Ecological Grief. I live on unceded Wiyot land in Eureka, CA, with my husband, young daughter, dogs, cat, goats, chickens, and many plants.
Training + Education
PhD Cultural Geography
MA International Studies
500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher
Certified in the Trauma Conscious Yoga Method
Level II Usui Reiki Practitioner with continued education from Energetic Ecology
Laura Johnson, PhD, is the founder of A Restful Space, offering personalized Restorative Yoga and Community Rest & Eco-Grief Circles in Humboldt County, CA, as well as her premiere self-paced online course, Yoga for Ecological Grief. She is also a Geography and Environmental Studies lecturer at Cal Poly Humboldt, and she holds a doctorate in Cultural Geography with a specialization in Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change from Michigan State University.
Laura is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher with advanced training by Samantha Akers of TheraYoga Method and certification in the Trauma Conscious Yoga Method (TCYM) and Yoga for Social Justice with Nityda Gessel of the Trauma Conscious Yoga Institute. She is also a Level II Usui Reiki Practitioner certified by Jen Madrone of Inner Alchemy Healing with continued education from Energetic Ecology, an organization dedicated to spiritual activism centered on anti-racism.
A Yoga practitioner for more than a decade, Laura has offered accessible yin and restorative classes, workshops, and private sessions in Humboldt County since 2018. She is passionate about Yoga as a radical relational and embodied practice for personal and collective healing and has been invited to present at the 2022 Sedona Yoga Festival as well as the annual Post-Capitalist Conference and Vipassana meditation retreats.
Laura is a practitioner of The Work that Reconnects, a novice permaculturist, a toddler/dog/chicken/goat momma, and a freelance writer with essays published in Lion's Roar, Tikkun, Science and Nonduality (SAND), Resilience.org, Taproot Magazine, and Deep Times: A Journal of the Work that Reconnects, among others. She lives on unceded Wiyot land in Eureka, CA, with her husband and young daughter.
Q + A
What's something that fills you with wonder?
"Clouds. They are incredible to watch, and such a reminder of impermanence and interbeing. Always forming and falling away."
What are you really good at?
"Writing. Holding compassionate space. Teaching. Making people and animals feel safe."
Yoga (all eight limbs!), acupuncture, massage, journaling, resting, weighted blankets, energy work, cuddling, cacao, hiking, the beach, aligning with cycles (the moon, astrology, seasons)
"Rest is an abundance practice. It is inherently spacious." -Octavia Raheem
Connect with Laura
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