A Crescent City native, Lauren Darnell was drawn to yoga in search of a cure for chronic hip pain caused by an unfortunate car accident. In addition to a cure for her hip pain, she experienced the positive rapid body transformation brought about by power yoga. Immediately drawn into the practice, Lauren assisted and trained with several Master teachers including world-renowned instructor Baron Baptiste. Lauren brings a wealth of knowledge to YogaPowerPlay, Park Yo Mat, and the Reyn Studios team drawing on her yoga experience from around the world, including Hot Power Yoga London and Yoga for the People in New York.
Lauren incorporates a lifelong study of teaching movement into her classes that has included tennis instruction, fencing, and research at the University of Iowa involving linguistics and movement through dance. Believing that life is a verb, not a noun, Lauren teaches with the intention for students to be playful on their mats, challenge the known, and reach beyond their personal limitations.