My story: Lauren Danner

As the new gal in town, I figured I'd take a moment to fill you in on "my story."

I was born creative and anxious. That is how this all began. 

When I was younger, I longed to be a great artist. I took art classes, attempted piano and flute, took theatre and writing classes. While I adored words and felt pretty confident in my poetic arrangement of them, I knew I'd never be a brilliant painter or writer. I was too much of a perfectionist. 

I have always made things, but usually sporadically and never with too much direction. When I was 14, I grabbed a hand towel out of the linen closet, hand sewed it into a purse, and added rainbow ribbon to the top as handles. It turned out pretty sweet and I carried it until it fell apart. I remember tedious hours of cutting magazines into strips and gluing them into perfect arrangements for collage picture frames, clocks and mirrors. I experimented with sewing, gluing, taping, stenciling, painting, journaling, pouring and stamping. Some of these things I have gifted and even sold, but they've all been done as an expression of my soul.

I began practicing yoga in 2000 in order to enhance my acting ability and dance performance. What I didn't know was that it would change my entire life. Every panic attack, every feeling of not belonging, every ounce of self doubt led me up to this point. I found a way to medicate myself and ease my anxieties through art creation, asana, and meditation. Plus it felt incredible to befriend my mind, strengthen my body, and create the radiance of my soul through process art. 

I adore the earth and taking care of where we live is so important to me. There was a time when I longed to stop creating art because new materials were so expensive and if I didn't like how it turned out, it seemed so incredibly wasteful. Somehow, I've always known that I wanted to use salvaged materials and breathe new life into them. The same as yoga seems to breathe fresh perspective into my old and stagnant ways of being. It took me back to the days of my teenage years, pillaging through the linen closets for inspiration and old things to turn into new things and laying on my floor for hours essentially meditating to assimilate my biggest life experiences. 

My idea is that everything and everyone that we choose to surround ourselves with should inspire us in one way or another. We have a choice of what we do with our space and how we move our energy. Also that what we purchase, how we prepare our food, and how we create should be cultivated with pure love; nourishing our souls as well as our appetite and hunger for beauty. 

In my own experience, I have found yoga to be a means to peel away all of the stagnation and junk that blocks us mentally and physically from accomplishing our goals. Art creation gives a tangible expression of what our souls are screaming. For so long I viewed the two as something so completely separate from one another, but I have come to understand that the combination of the two is incredibly therapeutic at every age and necessary to live your best life possible. 

In many ways, my life has built up to this moment right here. I am feeling extremely humbled and grateful for this opportunity to grow Sculpted Lotus Yoga at Healing Hara. I am very optimistic (excited) about the community that we are building and holding space for, thank you for being a part of it. 

Lauren Danner