Laura Villalobos 

Laura is a native of Costa Rica, where she studied acting at the National University of Costa Rica, became a professional theatre actress, and owned and ran a casting and production agency. Laura began practicing yoga over 10 years ago when she moved to Boston, but it wasn’t until 7 years ago that she started practicing frequently at the HYP Studio, finding a loving way to transform aspects of her life, and discovering her true passion in life: to grow and help others grow through the practice and teaching of yoga. She loves the Vinyasa style, the flow from one pose to another in conjunction with the breath, experiencing in that way the shift from thinking to feeling. At some point Laura realized she wanted to give back to the community, and thus joined the Assistant Teacher training with her mentor and now fellow instructor Masaaki Okamura. Since then she has been studying with Masaaki, and has participated in several workshops with him. In addition, Laura obtained her 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga Certification from teacher and author Rolf Gates. Laura has also practiced and done workshops with other yoga teachers such as Baron Baptiste, Shiva Rea, and Rodney Yee. Finally, in addition to her work with adults, Laura is also a children’s yoga instructor, studying with Jennifer Cohen Harper, of Little Flower Yoga in New York city.  Laura currently lives in Needham, MA with her husband, three young children, and their dog Nacho.