Lauren never anticipated that yoga would become part of her daily life. In fact, she hated it. A California girl raised on athletic fields, basketball courts, and in swimming pools, she travelled east for the classrooms of Princeton, and after graduating moved to New York for life as a young Wall Street Professional. She turned to yoga only as an experimental diversification of her Manhattan treadmill workouts. She soon realized that with regular practice, on and off the mat, yoga and its underlying lessons can change you from the inside out, as well as from the outside in.
After the Financial Crisis of 2008, Lauren realized that she could provide what all hard working urbanites need and spend countless hours looking for, but never find – a one stop shop for their aching bodies craving proper nourishment, sweat, and stretch, and their stressed, anxious, occasionally overwhelmed minds. In the Spring 2009, Lauren resigned her job as a Vice President at Morgan Stanley to launch precisely that, via I.AM.YOU., a lifestyle company and yoga studio in Manhattan based on Yoga, Nourishment, and Music.
Since, Lauren has become revered as one of the globe’s top yoga and lifestyle experts, profiled on CNN, Bloomberg, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar UK, The Financial Times, New York Magazine, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire Spain, El Pais, El Mundo, NY1 Television, TVE, the London Financial News, Poder Latin America, McCleans Canada, and Jezebel, just to name a few. Lauren’s yoga classes have been named ‘New York’s Best’ and her teaching as ‘Top of NYC Instructors.’ Her blog, Deconstruct to Reconstruct has been selected by tumblr of one of the world’s best 15 blogs to follow on fitness, health and lifestyle, placing I.AM.YOU. and author Lauren Imparato in their coveted Spotlight section.
Without the help of an agent, manager, or PR agency, Lauren has acquired the aforementioned profiles and over a hundred and fifity additional items press, a testimony to her innate allure. In February 2012 Lauren was selected to lead yoga at Escape for Good, a three day long event in honor of Muhammad Ali’s seventieth birthday, alongside Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf leading tennis, Lance Armstrong leading biking, Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy leading soccer, Alonso Mourning, Tony Hawk, and many other all-stars. In October 2012 she was selected to lead Spain’s first ever public outdoor yoga class in Barcelona, sold out with 2,000 people, and has since led classes for thousands in Panama, opening weekend in Ibiza, Madrid, NYC, the Cannes FIlm Festival, the Museum of National Art in Barcelona, and more. Her classes, retreats, and draw take her around the world, from Latin America to Europe, Asia, and across the United States.
Lauren unites the ancient Tibetan and Indian Hindu philosophies of yoga with modern day real life as the basis of her teachings and writings in yoga, self help, nutrition, and more. Her realistic, straight up, modern approach has made her a cult favorite for urbanites in the know. She is fluent in three languages, has lived, studied, and worked across the globe, and carries little Cali, and a lot of NYC wherever she goes.
Lauren is a graduate with Advanced Certificates from Kula Yoga School, the School of Yoga Anatomy, and the Institute of Integrated Nutrition. She has been named as the 'Goddess of the Sun' in the Sakya Tradition of Tibetan Yoga Philosophy by Jetsun Luding. She holds an Intermediate Level Certificate from the International Wine Center and a BA in Romance Languages and Literatures from Princeton University.
She gives thanks to her teachers, Schuyler Grant, Elena Brower, Yogeswari, Shawna Cordell, Frank Butler, and Lady Ruth. And above all, to her family.
We await her first book, out with Penguin in 2015.
Photo: Jan Cain