Namaste! I’m Laura, and I am passionate about helping others to develop a deeper sense of connection & presence with yourself (and if you are a parent, then I’m so wanting to help you deepen your connection with your little ones and to help them communication and release emotions in a health way). I’m excited to help you achieve maximum emotional, physical and spiritual health through yoga, Ayurveda and Aware Parenting.
Yoga completes life’s questions, massage soothes the body & soul, and Ayurveda (traditional Indian medicine, including massage treatments and diet adjustments) answers all health issues.
Laura Shaz is a yoga instructor, massage therapist, Ayurvedic Lifestyle consultant, and an Aware Parenting Instructor in training. Laura works mainly with women to create a safe, healing space for them to develop a routine of health and well-being. She teaches mums-to-be and mums self-healing practices through ancient wisdom and incites to treat the baby. Laura is a mother of 2 divine beings, Aya born in 2015 and baby Eliasz born in 2018.
Yoga is a space for sensitivity and balance, an awakening and unification. For the past decade Laura has been exploring different yoga traditions, such as vinyassa, hatha, ashtanga, Jivamukti, Iyengar, yin and Sivananda. Laura’s yoga classes are a journey infused with meditation & relaxation techniques, asanas, pranayama (breathing), and chanting. They are a nurturing, creative blend of flow and stillness, dissolving tension and bringing joy, freedom, peace and heart energy to her beloved students. Since becoming a mother almost two years ago, she has also taught mums & bubs and antenatal yoga, inspiring sacred mummas and babies alike to quiet the mind, stretch the body and connect deep inside.
Laura also facilitates groups, such as Mum’s Circles & workshops and teaches aware communication (non-violent communication/NVC) & Aware Parenting. These techniques are vital for reconciliation, better cooperation and conflict prevention, which are also pivotal for health. She encourages mums to empower themselves and their babies through deep presence together, close connection and peaceful, healthy dialogue (or release of emotions/crying for babies) to create the foundation for harmonious communication.
Laura lived in ashrams and studied with masters around the globe, completing her yoga teacher training in India (Hatha Yoga from Ayur-Yoga Eco-Ashram in 2012) and has stayed a student ever since. Since becoming a mother, she has also taught mums & bubs and antenatal yoga, inspiring sacred mummas and babies alike to quiet the mind, stretch the body and connect deep inside.
Laura has always been around health and healing. Her father and mother were inspirational role models. Her father, (R.I.P.) was a cardio vascular and thoracic surgeon. As a child, Laura spent many days visiting hospitals, and going on “rounds” to care for patients with her father. She remembers fondly how he would spend so much time caring for his patients, always so interested in their lives and well-being. He was so well-trained and devoted, yet so humble at the same time. He helped so many people. Laura’s mother worked passionately along side her father in his office, and she also cared for her large family. She always prepared the most amazing Moroccan cooking to nourish the family with spices and love. She raised her 5 children in a household of love.
Taking life lessons from her parents, Laura loved learning more about healing, using the heart and how food is medicine. Laura connects healing modalities of yoga, Ayurveda, massage, and emotional health with Aware Parenting. She is passionate about cooking, gardening and food made with love. She has a caring nurturing and relaxing approach, to help her clients move into a more balanced and healthy state, their true nature, so that their bodies can heal themselves. Laura applies Ayurvedic, Thai massage, Swedish/relaxation massage, Reiki and her own intuition, depending on her clients needs.
Laura has studied and worked in the holistic field in the USA, Israel, India, Thailand, Sydney and Byron, delving deeply into ancient traditions while interweaving modern approaches. She is a member of the International Institute for Complimentary Therapies (IICT). One of her first jobs related to health and the body was in 2001 in the USA (where she grew up). She worked as an aerobics instructor and personal trainer. She then pursued a master’s degree in conflict resolution and mediation at Tel Aviv University (2005) in Israel to understand conflict prevention and solutions. She combined her innate abilities to communicate, along with her passion for soothing the body, mind and soul.
She lived in Israel for almost a decade, facilitating (in Hebrew and some Arabic) between Jewish and Arab youth in group settings. In contrast to the pain and chaos that she felt in this conflict zone, she found joy, freedom and peace when yoga and massage entered her life at this time. Yoga and massage allowed her to return to the true nature of the heart: love. She then began offering yoga as a healing tool for these Arab and Jewish teens in her community in Israel. They loved learning about yoga and meditation, and one student even encouraged her to become a yoga teacher, which planted the seed to pursue the holistic field.
After yoga and massage studies, Laura found the Ayurveda College in Byron, Bay Australia, teaching her principles of health, according to the Vedic ancient scriptures and how diet & lifestyle adjustments, along with Ayurvedic treatments can heal disease. She follows the rhythm of Ayurveda, applying its practices daily for optimal health and well-being, depending on the season, climate and/or ailment. She is open with love to helping her family, friends and clients find their natural way of being, their optimal health and their true nature.
Please contact Laura at [email protected] for a yoga session, massage, Ayurvedic treatment or Aware Parenting consultation.
We also have a yurt retreat space (50 min from Byron Bay in the Hinterlands). I hold Mum’s Circles, workshops, and an option to stay there in exchange for woofing or symbolic pay. It’s a space to disconnect from technology and recharge your batteries. let me know if you’d like more info!
Also, you can find info on fb: Australia Healing: Yoga, Ayurveda and Massage: