Yoga Academy International was founded by Lauren Rudick. After a decade in the yoga industry and offering her own brand of specialty trainings and retreats, Lauren felt a call to offer a better yoga education than was widely available. She aimed to start a non-denominational yoga school that was respectful to all traditions of yoga and stemmed from many different lineages.
She invited her own mentors, teachers, friends and superstar yogis in order to curate phenomenal yoga experiences. The goal was simple: create great quality yoga education. Make it heartfelt. Create community. Make it accessible to as many curious people as possible. In addition, Lauren wanted to offer amazing experiences in nature and new cultures for her students to discover with the yoga practice as a base.
Our goal is to change the way yogis are educated. We aim to lead by example and deliver quality yoga education from a heartfelt place. We believe in spending time in nature in order to feel enriched from the soul outward. For us, yoga is not just an exercise, a philosophy or a fashion choice. It is our lifestyle. We aim to bring mindfulness, conscious communication and joy to everything we do.
On her path to becoming an international yoga instructor, Lauren had traveled extensively and lived on 4 continents. It was through her travels that she felt a deep human connection in joy and kindness. Along the way she also realized how important it was for her to be immersed in the natural world in order to truly find peace in her mind and solace in her soul. With that notion, she created Yoga Academy International– a non-denominational yoga institution based in great education, discovering new cultures and spending time in nature, in order to really embody the philosophy that we are all one.