Laughing Lotus is one of the top-rated yoga studios in the world, with locations in New York City, Brooklyn, San Francisco, and soon to be New Orleans.
Dana Trixie Lynn, the founder of Laughing Lotus, has fostered a deep sense of belonging, togetherness and community in each location. This is accomplished through each studio’s vibrant atmosphere — characterized by bright colors, dynamic Lotus Flow yoga, uplifting music and inspired teachings — in addition to Flynn’s infectious and positive energy.
Davinia Roberts, a teacher at Laughing Lotus, recently shared what she loves about Laughing Lotus from her perspective — a perspective that started out as a student before becoming a teacher.
MSM: How were you introduced to Laughing Lotus?
DR: I had been living in New York City for about four years. One of my old college friends had been to a workshop of Dana’s and told me they were opening a location in Brooklyn, and said I should check it out. I went the day after it opened and I just stayed. I practiced there for about a year, I did a teacher training in the winter of 2015, and graduated in December 2015. I started teaching in 2016.
MSM: Why did you want to become a teacher?
DR: There’s always been something in me where I’ve enjoyed teaching. I used to teach gymnastics, and I always enjoyed the yoga practice. It was something I wanted to share because of what it’s done for me in my personal life. There’s always just been a need to want to share the benefits of the practice with other people.
MSM: What do you love about teaching at Laughing Lotus?
DR: It’s unlike any other studio I’ve ever been to. The name says it all. There’s a lightheartedness, and the diversity in teacher staff, it’s very interesting, just the different styles. It’s a beautiful community to be a part of, and that’s why I ended up staying and practicing and doing the teacher training. It ended up being the perfect place to deepen the study.
MSM: How do you feel supported as a teacher?
DR: What was beautiful about my transition from practicing there to doing teacher training, and then becoming a teacher, is I did some programs where I taught outside during the summer, so there was a lot of opportunity for me to teach before actually getting onto the schedule permanently. There were opportunities for me to teach community classes within the community itself, whether it was outside programs or doing programs in the park during the summer. It was a nice way to be able to get started in the community before being a permanent instructor on the schedule.
MSM: What else did you like about the teacher training?
DR: I think the way the way they set up their teacher training program is great — it’s a hugely supportive environment where you’re submerged in the teachings, and the people that you do the training with, as far as your fellow students, you automatically are there for the same reasons, so there’s an instant bond and community feel. I think that is the most support you could ever ask for. I had a training where I was surrounded by people who were in it just as much as I was, so you can learn from them, your teachers and watching each other. It was just a beautiful environment to be a part of.