Preferred Name


Guilty pleasure?

I like dancing and singing along to late 90s/early 00s pop music. And I don't feel guilty about it!

What's a wonderful adventure still sitting on your wishlist? *

More travel. I'm dreaming of an extended trip to Berlin, Budapest, and Prague (and some places in between).

Gifts, Touch, or Time?


Why yoga?

This yoga practice helps me connect to my body in a deep, visceral way. It teaches me to tap into my embodied experience, and perceive the world through my senses instead of, or at least in addition to, my mind. It heightens my awareness and teaches me to engage with my communities with curiosity and openness. It attunes me to the interconnectedness of us all.

Vata, Pita or Kapha? -- Explain yourself.

Pitta-Kapha. Fire+Water+Earth. Physically, I'm Pitta: athletic, medium build with a strong digestive system and a tendency for redness. Mentally, I'm Kapha and Pitta. As Kapha, I like stability, calm, simplicity, and routine. At my best, I am loyal, caring, supportive, and serene. When out of balance, I can be heavy and insecure. As Pitta, I like learning, solving problems, and doing things right/well. At my best, I'm hardworking, dependable, orderly, and passionate. When I'm out of balance, I can be irritable and excessively perfectionist.

Describe your teaching style in three words

Fluid, Mindful, Welcoming


My partner, Adam, and I got engaged in Paris in September. We're planning a wedding in the Caribbean, on an island we visited 7 years ago after we first started dating. After some rum punches, a friend we met there told us, "when you come back here, you'll be married." I guess he was right. 🙂

Lauren Christie, yoga teacher at Pura Vida, San Diego


Lauren began practicing yoga in 2006 as a step on the path to self-love. She’s endlessly grateful to all of her teachers who have lit the way, and is honored to share this light with others.

Lauren received her initial 200-hour yoga teacher training through Flow Yoga Center in Washington, DC in 2015. She completed an additional 300 hours of teacher training at Yoga One in 2019, as well as 20 hours of training in Trauma-Informed Yoga with Kyra Haglund in 2017. She holds a BA in Public Communication, French, and Dance from American University, as well as over 20 years of embodied wisdom as a dancer and movement artist.

Lauren leads a spacious practice with focus on sensing breath, exploring movement and stillness, and discovering relationships between body, mind, and spirit. Her experience as a dancer and passion for somatics shine through her teaching. Lauren is dedicated to holding space for her students to practice mindful curiosity and to come alive through embodied practice.