For too many years I tried to fit into places and parts of society that didn't feel supportive. Phases of feeling uninspired and a loss of direction left me trying to fill myself up with material items, drugs and alcohol, and toxic relationships. These all left me feeling more disconnected, even though I appeared happy and vibrant on the outside (yes, I was awesome to party with, and even won the superlative of second 'biggest partier' during high school!) but in reality it was an illusion...
Deep down I knew what sparked me (travel and adventure, learning about different people and cultures, food, living simply and according to my own rules - a wild child at heart who was happiest barefoot in the tropics) but I didn't have the clarity to focus my energy in the right direction. I didn't feel I could truly live as my most authentic Self.
So I hid myself and identified with the false parts of me, and spent my teenage years living according to who I 'thought' I should be, until I began practicing yoga at the age of 19. It wasn't an overnight shift to sobriety and well-being, but it was the catalyst that excelled my own personal growth and evolution.
Yoga dropped me deep into my body, mind and heart and for the first time I felt the deeper sensations of life...literally high from the experience of moving my body with breath and focused intention. I was surrounded by women who were down to earth, authentic and empowered. My heart was awakened through the mystical traditions of the East that began to answer some of the biggest life questions, that I didn't even know I had...
My soul was sparked and it began to unravel into the most beautiful, raw, and powerful, journey of self-discovery and self-love.
The practices that continue to bring me closer home to my authentic myself is what I feel called to share. These practices bring me back to what's important and what my values are. They give me clarity, balance and compassion. They help to form my inner compass and allow me to listen to my inner wisdom and truly live from the heart.
My mission is to support others on their journey of returning to their highest Self through the practices of yoga and holistic living. I want everyone to know they are worthy to create their own life of freedom, authenticity, and love.
No one is exempt.
It is our birthright to wake up and feel excited about life, and to share our gifts with the world, in whatever way, shape or form that takes. There is no one formula. We are individually crafted beings with a unique soul purpose - like a seedling, it wants to bloom into the most radiant version of you!
I aim to empower others to learn the transformational tools to sustain their health and happiness, in the same way so many incredible teachers and mentors have shown me. Often we are the ones in the way of our own growth and freedom. We put so many limiting beliefs and false identities on our stories. All it takes is one moment, to reach out for help, step onto your mat, take that trip you've always dreamed of, write the book, quit the job...to take the leap of faith and know that your heart wants to be free, and when you begin to listen to what you really desire, the entire world shows up to support you.
LAUREN LEE E-RYT 500 is passionate about living with purpose, exploring the world, and empowering others to live as their most authentic, radiant Self. Founder of Raise Your Beat, dedicated teacher and forever student on the path of yoga, she leads transformational workshops, retreats and trainings to awaken the individual and collective consciousness. Read more about her here