Yoga Baum's beginnings...   Laurie LeCompte is the owner and founder of Yoga Baum.  Laurie has been teaching or coaching since she was a teenager. She has always been attracted to athletic activities and relished the community that came with being part of a team. Laurie volunteered as a rowing coach and later became an assistant cross country coach. She began to notice that she needed to pay attention to other areas of her wellness and engage in an activity that provided more varied joint movements, caused less repetitive stress, and offered a space for stillness. She took her first group yoga class and quickly realized that yoga was the missing piece she had been seeking. A space to connect with others as well as herself.  After falling in love with the yoga practice and practicing for several years, Laurie completed her 200 hour training in Ashtanga Vinyasa at Infinite Yoga in San Diego, California. Laurie also completed 300 hours in advanced yoga studies at the Asheville Yoga Center. She has specialized training in pre- and post-natal yoga, restorative yoga, yoga for seniors, and therapeutic elements of yoga.  Laurie’s love of teaching and sharing yoga with her students inspired her to create Yoga Baum in 2016. Laurie has BAs in both mathematics and German and a MA in German Studies. She has taught both subjects at the college level. Laurie taught German for 10 years before opening the studio space for Yoga Baum and brings her in-depth knowledge of yoga as well as her extensive experience as a teacher to her students. Her expertise in working with students in a variety of settings provides an invaluable insight into the learner’s mind. 

Yoga Baum's beginnings... 

Laurie LeCompte is the owner and founder of Yoga Baum.

Laurie has been teaching or coaching since she was a teenager. She has always been attracted to athletic activities and relished the community that came with being part of a team. Laurie volunteered as a rowing coach and later became an assistant cross country coach. She began to notice that she needed to pay attention to other areas of her wellness and engage in an activity that provided more varied joint movements, caused less repetitive stress, and offered a space for stillness. She took her first group yoga class and quickly realized that yoga was the missing piece she had been seeking. A space to connect with others as well as herself.

After falling in love with the yoga practice and practicing for several years, Laurie completed her 200 hour training in Ashtanga Vinyasa at Infinite Yoga in San Diego, California. Laurie also completed 300 hours in advanced yoga studies at the Asheville Yoga Center. She has specialized training in pre- and post-natal yoga, restorative yoga, yoga for seniors, and therapeutic elements of yoga.

Laurie’s love of teaching and sharing yoga with her students inspired her to create Yoga Baum in 2016. Laurie has BAs in both mathematics and German and a MA in German Studies. She has taught both subjects at the college level. Laurie taught German for 10 years before opening the studio space for Yoga Baum and brings her in-depth knowledge of yoga as well as her extensive experience as a teacher to her students. Her expertise in working with students in a variety of settings provides an invaluable insight into the learner’s mind. 

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Laurie LeCompte

Trained: at Infinite Yoga, Asheville Yoga Center, and Shanti Mom; also has a BA in Mathematics and German and an MA in German Studies

From: Louisville, KY

My classes are… alignment-based but not rigid, focusing on body awareness and movement patterns

My favorite yoga pose is…Parivrtta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle Pose), it stretches and strengthens in all the right places.

My hobbies are… lifting weights, running, and spending time with my husband, Jordan, our ferrets, Maude and Hans, and parrot, Pete. 

My students will notice that…I believe yoga poses should fit you and your body and not the other way around. Alignment is unique to each individual, and I will help you find yours.

I hope for my students…to feel empowered through movement and stillness.

An interesting fact about me: My husband and I are co-directors of a study abroad program in Austria.

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Abbey Brooks

Trained: in 2013 I completed 200 hours of training in Baptiste style yoga and since then have developed a diverse schedule of classes.

From: Louisville, KY

My classes are… Fun and diligent! I encourage all of my students not to take themselves too seriously and want everyone to enjoy the time that they spend on their mat. I also consider my classes to be highly accessible, and love helping people personalize their practice.

My favorite yoga pose is… Savasana. When I was new to yoga it was so hard for me to be still and over the years I have come to deeply appreciate stillness. For me, the sacred minutes of stillness at the end of class gives me a calm and peace like no other pose does. I'm also a huge fan of waterfall and supported fish pose and typically incorporate them into my classes.

My hobbies are… cross training with weight lifting.

My students will notice that… I am always smiling and laughing while teaching classes.

I hope for my students… to make self care a priority.

An interesting fact about me: I hiccup (loudly) at least once per hour and have been doing that for as long as I can remember. I am skilled at remembering peoples' names. I am completely obsessed with my two pugs and their squishy rolls.

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Elizabeth Crush

Trained: at Yoga Baum; also has a Bachelors and Masters in Exercise Science

From: Louisville, KY

My classes are…fun and upbeat, as well as mindful and alignment-based. I am traditional in my teaching with non-traditional music to keep you moving and smiling through the challenging flow.

My favorite yoga pose is…Urdhva Dhanurasana (and really any other backbend!)

My hobbies are… lifting weights, and yoga! During the summer I will spend as much time as possible in the sun, on the lake skiing and spending time with my family. I am a nerd at heart; I will read and learn about anything to do with moving the body, and how it relates to cognition or memory. 

My students will notice that…I truly believe that any breath with movement is better than no movement, and that falling out of a pose is sometimes the best practice. When you fall, you have found your edge and are growing stronger. I leave ego at the door and encourage my students to do the same by trying new things, falling and failing, and smiling through the challenge. This approach can lead to some of the most rewarding practices and breakthroughs.

I hope for my students…to step out of their comfort zone, try new things, and to not take their yoga too seriously. The yoga mat is a place to feel good, and I hope for my students to leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

An interesting fact about me: I failed out of dance and gymnastics when I was little. It was not until I began my yoga journey that any kind of flexibility, and strength through flexibility, became a part of my life.

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Stephanie Fish

Trained: at Yoga Baum

From: Louisville, KY

My classes are… chill, flowy, fun, relaxing, meditative, restorative.

My favorite yoga pose is…Pigeon or Sleeping Swan.

My hobbies are…triathlons (and the training that goes along with it), dog sitting, house projects, and people watching with a good beer in-hand.

My students will notice that…I add some humor to my classes, so my students don't get too serious and can relax. I use minimal speech when in a relaxing pose and allow you to make it your time. I also love original folk music and piano-based songs. 

I hope for my students…to leave their ego and mental to-do list at the door so they can just focus on themselves to benefit the most from my class.

An interesting fact about me: I was the mascot at the University of South Carolina.

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Dasha Grankina

Trained:  at Yoga Baum

From: moved to Louisville from Russia in 2014

My classes are… creative, energetic, and cheerful.

My favorite yoga pose is… Plank.

My hobbies are… mountain skiing and cooking.

My students will notice that… my voice is soothing and that I care about every single person in my class and give many options for all poses and transitions.

I hope for my students… to feel happy and healthy after my classes.

An interesting fact about me: In my very first yoga class 10 years ago I couldn't touch my toes.

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Charlotte McCall

Trained: at Yoga Baum; also has a BA in Biology

From: Louisville, KY

My classes are… inclusive but challenging, focusing on compound movements to strengthen the entire body and spirit.

My favorite yoga pose is… Goddess Pose. I love holding it with weights in my hands. It makes me feel like a gangster.

My hobbies are… reading (science and teenage fantasy are the faves right now), and writing poetry that only makes sense to me. Fitness and movement are my life. I also love cooking and eating vegan food (emphasis on the eating part).

My students will notice that… I’m not afraid to throw some sick beats around. Drake soothes my soul during a killer core sequence. I have a soft voice that I like to read poetry with. I like to stay in poses to foster awareness about the body and the burn.

I hope for my students… to feel empowered in their own practice and in their lives. And to be strong yogi gangsters, like me.

An interesting fact about me: I lived in Portugal for a year, eating all the pastries and speaking really bad Portugese.

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Jessica Hill Powell

Trained: at Yoga Baum

From: Louisville, KY

My classes are…slow flow but challenging with an emphasis on breath and listening to your own body.

My favorite yoga pose is…Warrior II because of its strength and simplicity.

My hobbies are… as an introverted person, I have always loved to retreat into the quiet during any free time I have. You'll usually find me with a book in my hand, off in a corner somewhere. I also love to cook.

My students will notice that…I have a soothing voice.

I hope for my students…to use their time with me to let the chaos of life fall away and to just be with their own bodies and breath. It's so freeing to be able to quiet the mind, even just for a short time.

An interesting fact about me: I am an entrepreneur at heart. I ran a successful photography business for 8 years before my interests started to shift to wellness. My current venture, Meridian Integrative Wellness, is the combination of all of my loves--education, psychology, nutrition, pranayama, and meditation. It's set to open right down the hall from Yoga Baum in late 2018. I couldn't be more excited.

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Kathryn Strait

Trained: at Yoga Baum; also certified in silk yoga and barre; also has a BS in Exercise Science and a BS in Nursing; currently working on doctorate of nursing practice in family health

From: Louisville, KY

My classes are…playful and challenging

My favorite yoga pose is…Astavakrasana (it sounds like a pose the terminator would like!)

My hobbies are… running, biking, swimming, weight lifting, spending time with my husband, step-children, and my mutt.

My students will notice that…I love 90s hip hop, and I like to add some spice to common poses, playing off my barre teaching background.

I hope for my students…to leave class feeling capable and strong.

An interesting fact about me: I am a big believer that there is little in life better than a craft beer paired with beer cheese and French fries.

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Megh Zahrndt

Trained: My first teacher training was a 500-hour Modo training in Nicaragua.  Modo is a style of hot yoga developed in Canada that focuses on therapeutic and holistic practices.  My second teacher training is a 200-hour Anusara training.  Anusara means “flow with grace” and is a heart centered, alignment-based style of Hatha.

From: I was an Army Brat, so I moved around quite a bit.  I was born in Wisconsin but have lived in Louisiana and Germany before settling here in Kentucky.

My classes are… creative and flowy.  I love to tell stories both with my words and then in our practice.

My favorite yoga pose is…Mermaid.

My hobbies are… taking photos, reading, writing, and petting my many animals.

My students will notice that…my stories, my voice, and my dedication to yoga are a journey through mind and body.

I hope for my students…to feel better at the end of class than they did when the first walked in the door.

An interesting fact about me: Once in Japan, I was mistaken for someone famous and mobbed by school children (no idea what famous person I was supposed to be!).