Lauren is:

An instructor of movement.

A Doctor of Physical Therapy with over a decade of clinical experience.

An E-RYT 200 and Yoga Alliance certified Continuing Education Provider.

A competitive runner with 18+ years of experience, four Boston Marathons, two 50ks (including one 1st place finish), and countless half marathons.

A yogi with over 14 years of personal practice.

A dog mom.

A wife.


Her mission is to bring intelligence to the practice of movement. To bring creativity to the practice of movement. and to bring joy to the practice of movement. by moving with intelligence, creativity, and joy - we move better.


I own two yoga studios and run teacher trainings. We like to have doctors or physical therapists run our anatomy sections and I was lucky enough to connect with Lauren. She’s really knowledgeable and professional. Her ability to relay anatomy and keep it relevant to yoga is not something you see everyday. She’s open to the students and can relate to them very easily. I am so grateful that we’ve connected and highly recommend her for any anatomy presentations you would need done. Give your students the best by hiring Lauren - you and your students won’t be disappointed.
— Stephanie P., San Diego
Lauren’s anatomy for yoga teachers workshop was incredible. She is the perfect fit for YTT anatomy workshops because of her background in physical therapy and her experience as a yoga teacher. She is incredibly knowledgeable, professional, and is able to communicate complex information and make it accessible. The information she passes on is practical and useful and the YTT trainees will be much better prepared to teach safely and therapeutically thanks to Lauren.
— Meghan K., Phoenix
From a workshop manager perspective, and as someone who has planned and presented workshops with Lauren and numerous other teachers, she is one of the easiest and most affable people to work with. Furthermore,with her anatomical knowledge of the human body, paired with her wisdom on running and her years of practicing and now teaching yoga, Lauren provides a unique and well-rounded perspective when explaining to others how to safely and effectively move your body while preventing injuries. I highly recommend her for any workshop that involves anatomy, running, yoga, or any combination of the three!
— Sarah D., San Francisco
Lauren Padula is an excellent choice to teach the anatomy portion of a yoga teacher training. A Doctorate in Physical Therapy combined with the fact that she is a yoga teacher makes her perfectly qualified for the job. Her lectures are organized with in-depth handouts and she presents anatomy in a systematic way that is easy for the trainees to follow. As a practitioner and teacher of yoga, she understands what information yoga teachers need and does a great job of keeping it simple but incredibly informative. We are thrilled that she’s working on an advanced anatomy training for our 300 hour and we will continue using her for all of our 200 hour trainings.
— Amanda M., San Diego

Academics, accolades, and accomplishments

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, Northeastern University, 2009.

  • E-RYT 200, (certification fromBuddhi Yoga, La Jolla, CA, 2015).

  • Yoga Alliance Certified Continuing Education Provider

  • lululemon athletica ambassador, 2014-2018.

  • November Project San Diego co-leader, 2013-2016.

  • Team Nuun runner, 2014-2017.

  • Whoos In El Moro 50k, first place female.

  • 3x Boston Marathon Qualifier, Marathon PR of 3:13:48.

  • 1/2 Marathon PR of 1:27:40.

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