Lauren took her first yoga class at 14 as a way to prevent injuries as an active teen. After attending classes on and off for years, she fully committed to a yoga practice in her early twenties not only for injury prevention, but for the strength and calm that it provided on and off the mat. She completed her yoga training at the renowned Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA in February of 2009. She is also an AADP and NY Board of Education certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (2011).
Lauren’s love of Charleston began when she moved here to attend the College of Charleston, where she earned a BS in Geology in 2002. She then moved on to obtain her masters at Penn State in Geology. Lauren fed her love of adventure through working with private contractors and The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on research vessels in the Mediterranean and throughout the Pacific Ocean, all the while teaching yoga and coaching people to good health, and never leaving Folly Beach for too long. She currently teaches geology labs at The College of Charleston, and leads private yoga and health coaching sessions. When not teaching yoga and geology, she likes to surf, enjoy the Lowcountry, and be with her amazing family and friends.
"We had the best time doing beach yoga for my bachelorette weekend. It was the most perfect way to spend time during my last day. Lauren was an amazing instructor, I couldn't have asked for better. She was patient and happily took pictures of us during our session. We felt great the rest of the day, and I must say it cured my slight hangover 🙂 Highly recommend Serenity Tree!"
"I was a procrastinator and didnt' reach out to Melora to schedule a session until the Tuesday prior to my weekend visit. Lucky for me she has a great team of private instructors willing to teach sessions to small groups. Lauren was the instructor for our 6-person mixed-level class on the beach. We met on a Saturday morning at 8:30 am (definitely schedule early lessons--traffic is at a minimum and it isn't so very hot) and commenced a slow-flow Level I practice. Lauren was great at helping those newer to yoga find their poses, but also offered a wide-range of variations for participants who were practicing at a higher level. I couldn't believe how fast the 60 minutes went! Everyone really enjoyed the flow and Lauren was a rock star. She knew just how far to "push" each yogi during the session to get the perfect morning practice. I would highly recommend these sessions to anyone vacationing on the island. What a treat!"
"I just wanted to take a minute to let you know how amazing our bachelorette yoga session was with Lauren this morning. Lauren was so wonderful. She is incredibly understanding, helpful, and of course, talented! She made us feel so special and welcomed from the moment we met her! The girls and I were so relaxed and the environment was the perfect combination of quiet relaxation and silly laughter when we attempted some of the positions (haha!) Our favorite part was the ice towel and oils at the end...such a wonderful surprise on a hot July morning! Thank you so much for your thoughtful gifts for Emily and me! We went to the Juice Joint afterwards for some refreshing beverages--absolutely delicious! I am so, so glad I found Serenity Tree Yoga by chance through an online search. Now, if only we lived closer so we could do more sessions with all of you! Thanks for creating one of the highlights of such a memorable bachelorette weekend!" Meridith
"I was organizing yoga for a large group (14) of visitors. Melora was very professional and communicative in setting up the session and Lauren (the instructor) was great on the day and ready to adapt to our vibe/energy level. I would definitely recommend working with them." Sarah
"This was the best part of my bachelorette. We had so much fun! The instructor was soooo accommodating to one of the girls who was pregnant and to help me with an injured knee. Our instructor also worked with many different experience levels, and got a lot of really great pictures! We love love loved it!" Whitney
"Lauren was absolutely amazing!! A group of 8 of us did a yoga session with her on the Saturday morning of our bachelorette weekend. She was very professional but also made it a little laid back. We all felt it was an awesome workout! I would absolutely recommend experiencing Serenity Tree Yoga while you are visiting Charleston!" Jessica
"This was one of the absolute BEST experiences during the Bachelorette I planned for my best friend in April. Coordinating with Melora was a breeze, and she was very flexible in helping us schedule our session. We were able to plan our location for directly in front of our beach house on Folly Beach. So perfect!
Our instructor Lauren was amazing and tailored the session to the needs of our group. From the bride and a few friends who regularly practice, to one pregnant bridesmaid, to a friend that just needed a relaxing nap after a big night out-- everyone in the group got exactly what they needed out of it! She was knowledgeable, funny and had a great aura about her. It was such a positive way to break up the weekend of countless activities, and I would highly recommend to anyone." Laura
"I booked a beach yoga class for my sisters bachelorette and it couldn't have picked a better place. I did this remotely and the booking couldn't have been easier. I loved that I was able to use Venmo, it was incredibly continent. Melora and Lauren were amazing at getting back to me and answering any question that I had. Lauren was incredibly thoughtful and inquired on everyone's yoga levels and if anyone had any injuries. She was gracious enough to let us use her towels and even give us goody bags at the end and some local places to visit which some girls did! The class couldn't have been more relaxing. Some of the girls in the group said it was one of the best yoga classes they have had. The eucalyptus towels at the end .... WOW! Amazing! One of my favorite parts for sure!! Other than being on the beach and doing yoga!! We would definitely love to do this again if the opportunity arises. We loved you guys!!! So incredibly sweet, until next time!" Krystal
"We booked Serenity Tree yoga on the beach this past weekend and could not be happier with the yoga session. Melora and Lauren were such a pleasure to work with. It was truly one of the best highlights of our trip to Folley beach. I highly recommend! They even offer a gift option for brides which is such a nice touch to the overall experience. Thank you!!!" Carolyn