About Laura Parris, MTS
 





MTS, Harvard Divinity School,
Hindu/Buddhist Studies
Contemplative Psychology 


Certified Yoga Teacher


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) trained facilitator


Interfaith spiritual counselor


Certified Pilates Instructor
 

 My name is Laura Parris, and Georgetown Yoga Therapy is  born of my sincere desire to ease the burdens and stresses that many of us are feeling more acutely than ever.  Never have the practical teachings of Yoga been so needed and so relevant than in our current overstimulated and over-paced environment.  An esteemed local physician and mentor said to me years ago, “The most important thing you can do is teach people how to meditate.  The majority of the illnesses I see are the result of emotions and stresses that have not been dealt with, and so have solidified into a physical condition over time.”  Georgetown Yoga Therapy is dedicated to helping people, especially women, reduce stress, deepen their appreciation of life and of their bodies, and thrive as leaders in their communities - all through the comprehensive art and science of Yoga.

I have been teaching Yoga and mindfulness since 2006.  I am trained in a method of teaching mindfulness meditation called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), out of the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA.  Inspired by a spiritual awakening during my Yoga teacher training at DC’s own amazing Flow Yoga Center, I attended Harvard Divinity School to deepen my understanding of the mind-body-spirit relationship and Yoga.   In order to immerse myself more deeply into my Yogic studies while in graduate school, I  took a semester off from Harvard and lived in south India for 4 months at my spiritual teacher’s ashram in Kerala, India. 

Receiving my Masters  from Harvard in Hindu/Buddhist Studies, I have a strong background in the philosophies and histories of the contemplative practices that are increasingly available to us living in the West.  Participating in mind-body medicine courses and conferences at Harvard Medical School, I explored the physiological and psychological contexts of the transformative technologies of Yoga and meditation.   I also received training and experience in interfaith spiritual care and counseling as a chaplain to healthy people as well as those living with cancer at Dana-Farber Cancer Center and Brigham and Women's Hospital.  While my focus has become the healing of the heart, mind, body, and spirit through Yoga, my work cannot help but be informed by my over 10 years of experience teaching one-on-one equipment-based Pilates.  Pilates remains a huge asset in refining the biomechanics  and safety of Yoga postures.

A graduate of the Holton-Arms School and George Washington University, I am a Chevy Chase native and my ties to the DC area run deep.  I have a strong network of referrals, and regularly refer clients to excellent cranio-sacral therapists, physical therapists, osteopaths, massage therapists, Vedic and western astrologers, psychotherapists, acupuncturists, and Ayurvedic physicians.

I also teach mindfulness in local schools as part of a wonderful organization called Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme).  It has been my great joy to teach teens and faculty at Georgetown Day School, Whitman High School, Holton-Arms School, Sandy Springs Friends School, Walter Johnson High School, and the Barrie School.  Before returning to the DC area, I taught mindfulness in New England schools including The Groton School, the Cambridge School at Weston, and the Karuna School.