Laura Matthews is a Certified Clinical Herbalist specializing in women’s health, pediatric care and cancer. A Licensed Massage Therapist, Teacher of Maya Abdominal Massage and Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Laura’s approach towards optimal health is holistic and integrative, by combining plants, healing touch and correct posture. Born and raised in colorful Colorado, Laura graduated from Fort Lewis College (2002) in Durango, with a degree in Psychology. During this time, Laura studied as an apprentice to herbalists’ and naturopathic physicians and began practicing as an herbalist in the community.
After years of working with plants and in herbal apothecaries, Laura went on to attend the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine (2004) (www.swsbm.com), in Bisbee, Arizona; taught by the legendary Michael Moore. Laura is currently studying the Herbal Medicine for Women program, taught by Aviva Romm (www.avivaromm.com), which certifies graduates as a Women’s Herbal Medicine Educator. Laura attended the Massage Therapy Institute of Colorado (2003) (www.mtic.edu) and has studied with Dr. Rosita Arvigo on the Maya Abdominal Massage (MAM) techniques (www.arvigotherapy.com).
Laura is a Certified MAM Self-Care Massage Teacher (2006) and offers workshops regularly around the country. From the age of 16 years old, Laura began studying Iyengar yoga. In 2007 Laura travelled to Pune, India to study at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (www.bksiyengar.com). She lived there for over two months and attended classes taught by B.K.S Iyengar, Sri Prashant and Smt. Geeta Iyengar. Laura became certified as an Introductory Level 2 teacher in 2010. The Iyengar family embody ancient wisdom and their work has healed millions of people the world over.
Laura’s regular yoga classes and workshops can be found at The Iyengar Yoga Center of Denver (www.iyengaryogacenter.com) and Belly Bliss (www.bellybliss.org). Laura has traveled around the world to live, study, learn and teach the natural lifestyle of ancient healers.