Living Well with Lauren

where movement connects people. and empowers you to live better.

Living Well with Lauren is owned by Lauren Padula. Lauren is a RYT-200 yoga instructor, run coach, November Project leader, and Doctor of Physical Therapy in San Diego. She specializes in teaching yoga for runners and athletes, hosting workshops and clinics, and teaching anatomy to yoga instructors. Her mission is to connect people: to themselves, to each other, and to their community. This page is your place to stay up to date on all of the events, classes, and happenings in the yoga and run community in San Diego.

Mission: To redirect the focus of fitness and exercise toward moving well versus looking good.

I promised a #flowoftheweek. And I shall deliver.

Feeling small today, whatever that means - so this fisheye video setting seems fitting.

Just moving in my own small corner of the world, in whatever way calls.

#movement #movementheals #movementpractice #flow #flowstate #yoga #pdxyoga #portlandyoga #movementteacher #breathe

Time. I am choosing tovalue each minute. As a teacher and in life.

We start - and end - my classes on time. I show up to meetings, appointments, and places on time. My alarm goes off once in the morning.

I choose to honor time. My own and that of those around me. It’s a form of self love and respect for others.

It’s the one resource in life that isn’t renewable - and that feels very important to me.

#randomthoughts #time #dontshowuplatetoyoga #mindfulmovement #pdxyoga #portlandyoga #movementteacher #flowstate #yogateacher

📷: @annacaitlinphotography for @lovehiveyoga


I’m much more excited about it than Alice is 😂❄️🐶

#winter #pnwonderland #snowdog #arloandalice

Committing to sharing my flow every week with you, my #instafam.

Why? I get inspiration from movement I see on here. So maybe one of you will? Also, filming yourself gives you great insight on how you’re moving.

This week I’m most stoked about sneaking a #shinbox switch into a #yoga class. Movement people, movement.

#mindfulmovement #bodyweightflow #flow #flowstate #yogaflow #pdxyoga #portlandyoga #movementteacher

In 2020 I’d like to make some friends.

They’ve got shoes to fill. Big ones. Weird ones. Fast ones. Goofy ass ones. Genuine ones. Ones that are down to push the boundaries of normal. Ones that strive to be the best versions of themselves. Ones that create their own fun and adventure.

For real, I even put this goal in writing on our board: make 3 new friends.

So, Portland, let’s get out there, let’s get weird, and let’s have fun okay?

#friends #vestfriends #goodhumans #bigshoestofill #f**kyeah

Everything I’m wearing in this photo (today) is @lululemon - and it’s all secondhand.

It’s no secret that our planet needs our active help. And while I try to get better about plastic use, recycling, and food waste - there’s more I feel like I can do.

Last year I committed to trying to buy as much clothing as possible used. About 80% of my clothing and shoe purchases fit that bill.

My goal this year is to increase that amount. You can find me buying at @buffaloexchange, @goodwillintl, local thrift stores, online @thredup and @poshmark. And you can also find me selling @poshmark (search for my name).

Additionally, @angeloneroni and I have discovered a love and passion for finding side of the road, free on Craigslist, or weathered thrift store pieces of furniture and home decor and bringing them back to life with a little elbow grease, sandpaper, and paint.

This is how I’m choosing to decrease my footprint. It feels (and looks) so good!

#carbonfootprint #shopsecondhand #shopthrift #lululemon #pdx #portland #savetheplanet

High five your neighbors and clap for yourselves.

That’s how we end my classes these days.

There’s lots of reasons why teachers might choose to stop ending classes with namaste (cultural misuse of the word, student confusion and discomfort, etc.) - for me? I don’t teach traditional yoga. And this “traditional” closing hasn’t felt right in some time. And I don’t think we celebrate ourselves and our community enough.

So we high five our neighbors and clap for ourselves. And we smile - a lot.

It’s movement. Let it be light, let it be challenging, let it be an exploration of yourself, let it connect you to others, and let it be fun!

#yoga #namaste #namastenomore #smile #mindfulmovement #spiritualbadass #pdxyoga

Went on an adventure with the hubs and daydreamed about which lights we’ll hang in the house we build someday.

#futureplans #daydreaming #theneronis #pnwonderland #hippohardware #keepportlandweird

Sometimes I f**k up the yoga class I’m teaching.

It doesn’t happen often - but when it does it’s usually with a new sequence, during a class I’m subbing, and I completely lose track of left and rights.

It used to make me feel terrible, but I quit stressing over this years ago. But sometimes you can see the faces of your students and you can see that they care that you’re messing up. A lot.

Just a gentle reminder - to students and teachers alike - smile, laugh it off, it’s just yoga.

Oh, and to my students at @lovehiveyoga tonight who were the recipients of my brain fart - 🤷🏻‍♀️. Come back to class next week, we’ll try again together.

#yoga #pdxyoga #thisisyoga #spiritualbadass #mindfulmovement #flowstate

2020 is off to a pretty great start with my favorite people. And yes, my dogs are people.

#2020 #pnwonderland #theneronis #adventureawaits #getbusyliving

Hard is not bad. Hard is just hard.

If 2019 taught me anything, this is it.

It seems to be that many of us felt like this year was a tough year. And many of us feel ready for it to be over. But tough is just hard. And hard is not bad.

So much good happened in my year as well! And yes, so much of the good overlapped with the hard. But the good was so good too.

We got married!
We moved to a brand new place!
We took professional risks, started new jobs and left new jobs and then looked for new jobs again.
We sent our fur baby in for major surgery and trusted the outcome would be worth it.
We reconnected with dear friends, not knowing at the time how important those small moments and memories would be.
We watched family members triumph through health struggles and were glad to be able to be there along the way.
We stressed about money and re-learned how to focus on how much we already have, not only what we hope to obtain.
We climbed a mountain TWICE for heaven’s sake 😂.
I even got bangs 💁🏻‍♀️.

2019 was a year of growth - painful at times, as all growth is - but beautiful growth.

And I enter into 2020 with high hopes, as we always do. Abundance is coming. Of all of the good things, hard times, learning, laughing, and loving. I can feel it.

Here’s to embracing it all 🥂!

#2019 #2020 #growth #abundance #newyears #reflections #theneronis

📷: @kilenmurphy

Teachers and Students: what makes a great yoga/movement class, well, great?

My opinion? It starts and ends with the meat and potatoes - the sequence, the content. The physical aspect of a class is how you, as a teacher, demonstrate your knowledge and philosophy. It’s how people first connect to themselves, their bodies, and you. It’s what will bring them back in the door, again and again.

So exactly how is a great class created?

1. Have a goal, theme, or why.
2. Understand the arc and progression of a class or session.
3. Know the body! Learn anatomy and physiology of human movement.

We break this down and work through it step by step in the Fitness/Wellness Mentorship. Link to apply in bio. Application window closes 12/31.

Reach out with any questions!

#mentorship #fitnessmentorship #wellnessmentorship #yogamentorship #yogastudent #yogateacher #pdxyoga #portlandyoga #movementteacher #spiritualbadass

As a good friend so eloquently and wisely said, get busy living.

This time is what we have. I plan to use it wisely.

Abundance is my word for 2020: abundant love, experience, emotion. The full spectrum. I’m here for it all.

How does your busy look?

Links for all the things in the bio.

#getbusyliving #abundance #intention #2020wordoftheyear #manifest #spiritualbadass #notimetowaste

Merry Christmas and Happy Everything - from our family to you and yours.

Go hug the ones you love.

#merrychristmas #happyeverything #love #theneronis

A no-hands holiday flow for ya.

Sped up x4. Which makes @glassanimals Cocoa Hooves sound like Alvin and the Chipmunks 🤣.

Playing with this one in classes until 2020 😘.

#pdxyoga #pdxmovement #movementclasses #flow #flowstate #flowclasses #flowteacher #movementteacher #spiritualbadass

“Now is now. Are you going to be here or not?” - @babaramdass

We finish up our month on center - remembering our stability, strength, and groundedness is within us - by finding those feelings in transitions, in the in between of postures.

And that takes us into January - where our theme will be Flow. The idea and feeling of presence - such that the mind and body move freely in their natural direction, almost subconsciously, without the hindrance of worrying about what has happened already or what is coming.

Check the schedule in stories or link in bio. Come play.

📷: the talented @ericakait for @nowyoga_pdx

#pdxyoga #portlandyoga #babaramdass #spiritualbadass #movementinstructor #flowstate

Writing down some goals, intentions, and plans for 2020.

Top of the list? Purposefully create time to have more fun with this guy.

#mawwaige #2020 #newyear #husband #theneronis #pnwonderland #theadventurehasjustbegun

What’s your mission in this life?

We talk about businesses and brands having philosophies and mission statements - but I think people do too.

You can have multiple - my personal mission is different than my teaching mission, for example.

And I believe your mission and philosophy is how you connect with people. Those things determine your voice (literally and figuratively speaking).

What do you choose to say and how do you choose to say it?

We examine all of these concepts and help focus in on refining philosophy, mission, and voice in my Fitness/Wellness Mentorship program - from an instructing/business standpoint. But maybe it’s something we should think about as individuals as well 🤷🏻‍♀️

Interested in the Mentorship? Applications are open through 12/31 - link in bio for details and to apply.

Not interested? Not an instructor? I’d love if you’d share you philosophy or mission below ⤵️ Connection, it’s powerful.

#philosophy #missionstatement #whoareyou #thisisyoga #spiritualbadass

Yesterday I was on the floor wrestling with Arlo (who’s way bigger than he was here 😂😳) and he got my nose. Totally unintentionally bit it. Not that hard - but enough to sting and catch me by surprise.

I burst out into laughter and tears. Not “laugh-so-hard-you-cry” tears. A very real combo of hysterically crying and laughing.

It was fascinating. I couldn’t stop. In fact I did it a second time last night when Angelo accidentally stepped on my foot.

They’re so closely related - laughing and crying. In both cases you feel SO FULL of an emotion that you’re literally going to burst if you don’t let it out.

And truthfully, I’m not sure I’ve fully let out the depths of my happiness OR anxiety recently. So they both chose to come out at once.

It felt strange yet also so relieving. And I slept like a baby last night.

The moral of the story? My nose is fine and my heart is too.

#glasscaseofemotion #laughter #tears #lifelessons #arloandalice #spiritualbadass

I ran today. 4 miles.

Why am I even talking about this?

Because I ran a 50k on Saturday. And normally I’d tell myself (and my run clients) to take at least a full week off to recover.

So why did I run?

I woke up feeling good. And itching to run. And my @hrv4training confirmed that my recovery was going fine. And I promised that I’d stop if anything hurt.

And nothing did. Sure, my legs are tired - but truly not unusually.

My speculation is that because Angelo and I didn’t have the fast day we wanted on Saturday (from mile 7 we threw our goals/ideas out the window and decided to just enjoy the day) that my body didn’t get beat up the same way it would’ve if we had truly raced hard.

I also know that I feel much more connected to my body than I have in a long time. I trust it’s signals, what it tells me, and how it feels.

So I ran.

Moral of the story? Build a movement based relationship with your body that you trust. And then make the decisions that are right for you based on that trust.

#movementmedicine #trustyourself #movementcoach #pdxrunning #pnwrunning #portlandrunning #ultramarathon #deceptionpass50k

This is what Monday looked like:
- day old bangs.
- top knot.
- sweatpants until 5pm.
- unbrushed teeth.
- two dogs all up in my biznass.

It felt slow and unproductive and I was frustrated.

But I did so much stuff! I read an entire book. Sent emails. Had a job interview (on the phone, don’t worry 😂). Sequenced for the week. Planned content for the week. And even taught a yoga class!

For all my self employed folks who sometimes feel like they’re wasting time when they aren’t making money in that exact moment - BREATHE. Stop. It’s okay. Remember, we’re playing the long game.

#monday #caseofthemondays #selfemployed #selfemployment #entrepreneur #pnwyoga #pdxyoga #yogateacher #spiritualbadass

We ran a 50k and took this cute selfie during sunset at the finish line beach.

#deceptionpass #deceptionpass50k #pnwrunners #trailrunning #ultrarunning #pnwonderland #theneronis

We’ve run a lot of miles together in the past 5.5 years.

From our first race (#thegathering by @mtnhobo) to our first 50k (@thenorthfaceecs SF) to all the @novemberprojectsd miles in between.

Tomorrow we run another set of firsts: our first race as #theneronis and our first race in our new home.

#deceptionpass50k - we’re coming! With more clothing than this, I promise.

#50k #trailrunning #pnwrunning #pnwonderland #thesweatlife

You can take your negative attitude about social media and put it waaaaaaay over there. I don’t want to hear it.


Because I truly believe the internet and social media can be the best way to foster true, amazing human connection.

Many of my favorite and most impactful in-person experiences only happened because of the power of social media in bringing people together.

I’ve met so many of my best friends because of platforms like Facebook. You could even argue that I met my husband because of this little thing called instagram.

YES - you absolutely have to back up the photos, captions, emails, and talk with real experiences, human touch, and connection. But it’s so possible.

When I tell my movement students, fellow teachers, and basically anyone else who will listen to me that my favorite way to stay connected is social - I mean it!

To you all that I’ve met through here - directly and indirectly - who have impacted my life, shared experiences with me, and who I’ve learned so much from - THANK YOU! We’re doing this social media thing right.

#socialmedia #instagram #socialmediaforgood #humanconnection #community #justshowup #spiritualbadass #portlandyoga #pdxyoga

It’s been 7 months since we wandered around the northwest corner of the country on our honeymoon. Technically we’d moved to Portland - but we had no jobs, no friends, and no place to live.

It’s easy at the end of the year to look back and feel like we haven’t accomplished all we set out to do - especially when your goals and dreams are BIG.

But I challenge you to look back and be proud! You’ve come so far. That’s pretty neat.

Although we still don’t have many friends 😂🤣

#reflection #2019 #2020 #goals #honeymoon #portland #pnwonderland #spiritualbadass

My 200 hour yoga teacher training was just the beginning.

It formed the foundation for my knowledge of yoga, sure, but how and what I teach now has been influenced by so many more inputs.

Teachers, studios, styles, other forms of movement, different certifications. A 200 hour certificate should not be your end game. It’s simply your jumping off point.

And the same is true for all forms of fitness/wellness/movement teaching. There’s always more to learn, mostly about yourself.

My spring 2020 Fitness and Wellness Professional Mentorship is open for applications through 12/24. There’s a link in the bio to apply.

I don’t care what title, header, letters behind your name, or certification you hold - we all have space and room to grow. Let’s grow together ✨

#movementpro #yogateacher #spininstructor #pilatesteacher #personaltrainer #coach #physicaltherapist #spiritualbadass #teachertraining #fitnessmentorship #wellnesscoach #bebetter

Ready for 50km more of trail running fun this weekend at #deceptionpass50k with this guy.

(Don’t worry, this is an old picture @option_models - he didn’t shave his head again 🤣).

#50k #trailrunning #ultramarathon #deceptionpass #pnwrunning #pnwonderland #spiritualbadass

Our Story

Living Well with Lauren is owned by Lauren Neroni. Lauren is an E-RYT 200 yoga instructor, run coach, and Doctor of Physical Therapy in Portland, OR. She specializes in teaching yoga for runners and athletes, hosting workshops and clinics, and teaching anatomy to yoga instructors. Her mission is to connect people: to themselves, to each other, and to their community.

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