Laura Johnson (she/her), PhD, is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher with advanced training by Samantha Akers of TheraYoga Method as well as certification in the Trauma Conscious Yoga Method (TCYM) from the Trauma-Conscious Yoga Institute and Embodied Activism from The Embody Lab. She is the founder of A Restful Space, offering trauma-conscious Restorative Yoga and collective grief circles in Humboldt County, CA.
Laura is also a Geography and Environmental Studies lecturer at Cal Poly Humboldt where she teaches courses such as Global Awareness, International Environmental Issues and Globalization, and Emotions in the Anthropocene. She holds a doctorate in Geography with a specialization in Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change from Michigan State University.
As an instructor for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Cal Poly Humboldt, in 2019 Laura began developing her Yoga for Ecological Grief series, a heartfelt offering intersecting her background and passions and rooted in her belief in the transformational power of yoga as a relational practice for personal and collective healing.
She has been invited to share at the 2022 Sedona Yoga Festival, the annual Post-Capitalism Conference, Vipassana meditation retreats, Engaged Buddhism workshops, and on the Sacred Community Project Podcast.
Laura is also a Work that Reconnects practitioner, energy worker and vibrational healer, toddler/dog/cat/chicken/goat momma, and freelance writer with essays and poetry published in Lion's Roar, Tikkun, Science and Nonduality (SAND), Taproot Magazine, Resilience.org, and Deep Times: A Journal of the Work that Reconnects, among others.
She lives on unceded ancestral Wiyot land in Eureka, CA (Wiyot place name: Jaroujiji, meaning 'where you sit and rest'), with her husband, Nick, and their daughter, Cordelia.
For more please visit www.arestfulspace.com, www.laurabjohnson.com, or connect on Instagram @arestfulspace.