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lauren kelly benson

"As a singer, artist and teacher, I’m drawn to the ways that yoga can unblock creative flow, balance emotional output, and create space for deep exploration of one’s truth."


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"Lauren approaches teaching with warmth and confidence. Her eagerness to facilitate growth in our collective practice is highlighted by her preparation which is evident in every class. Her asides bring a subtle, profound awareness to space in my body where there’s more room to deepen and release. "

- Mia

 
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aditi flow yoga

Aditi – The Hindu goddess who embodies the fluid nature of life and fertility. In Sanskrit, Aditi, means “inexhaustible abundance,” “creative power,” and “consciousness.”

 

Yoga Instruction

Lauren Kelly Benson is a vocalist, teaching artist and yoga teacher.  

Founder of Aditi Flow and Creative Wellness, she is committed to bringing meditation and yoga to people from all walks of life.  She began her practice over 10 years ago when she moved to New York and found it complemented her artistic practices. Drawn to the ways yoga can unblock creative flow, balance emotional output, and create space for deep exploration of one’s truth, Lauren now shares these tools with fellow artists, musicians, performers, and New Yorkers. Through further exploration and study of the value and science behind yoga practice, she expanded her reach to inner city youth of all ages. 

 

Experience

Lauren's experience includes but is not limited to:
Volunteer teaching yoga to incarcerated youth on Riker’s Island
Pre-school musical kids yoga adventure teaching with Yo Re Mi
Facilitating a Mommy and Me yoga group
Offering one-on-one private sessions
Teaching a wholly integrative yoga curriculum at La Cima Charter School
Teaching hot Vinyasa flow and children’s yoga and theatre at Sacred Brooklyn.

 

Yoga Education

Lauren is a 500-hour Yoga Alliance registered and certified advanced yoga teacher. She received her 200-hour yoga teaching certification in Vinyasa flow from Sacred Brooklyn in 2013. She then deepened her study and education through a 300-hour intensive specialty training with Rainbow Kids Yoga in the summer of 2015. Her list of specialty certifications includes but is not limited to: 
Pre and post-natal yoga
Yoga for babies, kids, teenagers, and the classroom
Yoga for children with special needs

Yoga for elders.

 

Want to catch a class, book a workshop, or book a private lesson?  Click here!


Book a Private!

"Finding the light that shines within me" This is how I describe my experience with Lauren as my yoga instructor!  I took her class a few times and my spirit immediately connected to her style and ultimately her way of life.  I also choose Lauren for my one-on-one yoga lesson where she enlightened me to poses that would benefit my body. Walking in her passion and sharing her love of that passion...that says it all!  Thank you!

- Nailah Asita Lisa Morris

Practicing one-on-one with a teacher can deepen and improve your practice infinitely. Focusing on your body’s unique needs and alignment, Lauren will guide you through your practice at any level from beginner to advanced. Perfect for couples (Lauren is certified in partner yoga, as well!), for pregnancy and birth preparation, those with specific physical needs, and for anyone looking to deepen their practice and connection to their bodies.  

Prices vary but begin at $120 for single sessions. Packages and home visits available.

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Why a Teaching Artist?

Having studied at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Hunter College, and countless conservatory programs, Lauren’s passion for singing, theatre and the theatre arts extends back to her childhood. Inspired by how this work has touched her own life, her goal as a teaching artist is to bring out the utmost in creative expression from each child.

Within the construct of our industrial age education systems,  many children are not empowered by their educational communities to be expressive and true to who they are. In response, Lauren’s teachings are based in mindfulness practices, Urban Art Beat’s Critical Revolutionary Hip Hop Pedagogy, Augosto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, and Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed.  

Directly working against the school-to-prison-pipeline, every moment of mindfulness, yoga, and free and welcome self-expression allows each  child to recognize the power and freedom found in their own voice. Through empowering the youth with these tools,  she is doing her part to secure our future. 

 

"Lauren has worked with my students in several capacities ( Theatrical Instructor, Movement Teacher, Acting Coach, Guest Lecturer, Director ) and in each of these lights, she is luminous- so much so that she ignites a spark in each child just by being around her.  It has been a pleasure growing my public school theater department with Ms. Benson as a reoccurring teaching artist and I look forward to her continued success in the NYC area." 

- Anonymous

Experience

Musical Theatre teaching artist at the Brooklyn Music School

Director of Brooklyn DAY yoga and theatre program at Sacred Brooklyn. Click here for more info or to sign up!

Assistant Director, Urban Art Beat

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music

 

soul, funk, rock, hiphop, r&b, pop 

Specializing in collaboration with a deep love for harmonies, Lauren has sung with billie woods, Elucid, Willie Green, the New York Lovebirds, Iam Popula and the In Crowd, Danny Sherrill, PremRock, and countless others. 

Growing up, music filled her home. Influenced by everything from Nas to Michael Jackson to classic jazz standards to the Beatles, Lauren often got into trouble for not putting the records back after hours of exploring her family’s collection.  

Look forward to her upcoming project, The Homage EP. A collection of some of  her favorite songs reimagined with and produced by Willie Green. 

Until then, catch her sanging her Rock and Soul heart out with the New York Lovebirds

Need a hook, chorus, or vocalist for an upcoming project? Bookings start here!