Laurie Marks


Laurie MarksBA, MBA, C-IAYT – In 2001, I took my first Yoga class and immediately recognized the power of the practice. The postures were interesting and often challenging but more importantly, I could see it was medicine for the mind. I had just relocated to the Midwest after having been promoted to a marketing position for a multi billion dollar, global healthcare company and was under a high state of admittedly self-induced worry and stress.

In 2012, after 11 years of practicing Yoga, I enrolled in a Yoga teacher training course to deepen my understanding of the practice and its philosophy. It was during that time that I read a quote from the Journal of Yoga Therapy and learned about the range of structural, physiological and psycho-emotional health conditions that were being treated by Yoga Therapists. I knew then that I had found my calling.

My near decade long experience in the corporate medical device field selling and marketing to orthopaedic surgeons, pulmonologists, gastroenterologists, radiologists and oncologists, as well as my experience as an athlete and academic seeker particularly in the fields of neuroscience and biomechanics uniquely suit me for the field of Yoga Therapy. My former Yoga practice has also informed me as it often brought persistent pain because of group instruction that was not adapted to address my hyper mobility. I did not know how to adapt poses let alone feel comfortable doing so. This has profoundly influenced my perspective on contemporary yoga and the field of Yoga Therapy.

Recognized as a deeply grounding and nurturing teacher who brings both the scientific and experiential background to my study and work, my practice is based in Denver and Durango, Colorado. I lead workshops and retreats that are customized to meet the needs of participants whether in an office setting, studio, or off the coast of British Colombia! I have been a member of The International Association of Yoga Therapists since 2013 and received my Yoga Therapy certification from the American Viniyoga™ Institute.