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Laura Dunn - Personal Biography

Laura Dunn

Laura Malia Dunn has been practicing the Ashtanga yoga method for the past twenty years and has been teaching Ashtanga yoga for the past fifteen years in Honolulu, Hawai'i and, most recently, in the Bay Area. Her first teachers were Rupali Embry, Tania Ingrahm, and Anthony "Prem" Carlisi. In 2005, Laura took her first trip to Mysore, India, as well as studying with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in San Francisco and his grandson, Sharath, in Honolulu during their tours.

In February of 2009, Laura completed a fruitful one-year apprenticeship with Cathy Louise Broda, who received Sri K. Pattabhi Jois's blessing to teach Ashtanga yoga in 2000. Laura has been practicing steadily with Cathy Louise Broda for over thirteen years. In addition to the aforementioned teachers, she has studied with and been most prominently influenced by: Manju Jois, Nancy Gilgoff, Richard Freeman, and Mary Taylor.

Laura holds a Master's in Religion, with a focus on Hindu Tantra from the University of Hawai'i and is currently completing her PhD residency in Berkeley, California where she continues to study Hindu Tantric traditions in an attempt to understand the complex relationship between yoga, colonization, and the embodied divine feminine in India and the West. She has edited and written articles on the topics of yoga and tantra for both scholarly and lay publications.

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