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Maureen Lauer-Gatta

Yoga and Wellness Instructor

Maureen has a knack for creating a comfortable, calming atmosphere for people to heal and grow whether it be through yoga, workshops, retreats or drum circles she facilitates. She has been practicing yoga for over a decade, teaching since 2003 and training yoga teachers since 2008. Her love of this practice and the growth she sees in others through yoga inspires her daily.

She has combined yoga and drumming at local retreat centers where people can learn Mindfulness Practices that help reduce stress, increase their ability to focus and improve their quality of living. Since 2011 Maureen has been leading 8 week Stress Reduction Programs based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program. In 2012, she participated in a Jon Kabat-Zinn’s MBSR retreat at Mt. Madonna Retreat Center in Watsonville, California. She also has attended a Mindful Schools Workshop in February 2014 in New York City. Over the last two summers, she taught 300 children grades 4-12 yoga and mindfulness practices during the Inspiring Minds summer enrichment programs. She has presented Mindfulness Workshops to the YMCA of of Ohio in Columbus, Eastern Gateway Community College, One Health Ohio and Delphi.

Maureen has been practicing yoga for over a decade and teaching since 2003. In 2011 she became a certified Drum Circle facilitator under the guidance of her teacher Jim Donovan. Since then, she has been facilitating drum circles at The Yoga Room, which she has owned since 2010. She studied at Inner Wellness and earned her Registered Yoga Teacher certification. After many years of teaching numerous classes she received the title of Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT) through the Yoga Alliance. In August of 2010, she completed her 500-hour certification at Three Rivers Yoga in Coraopolis, Pa. In August of 2009, she participated in a monthlong meditation retreat at Tara Mandala (www.taramandala.org ) in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. She also leads teacher trainings — Yoga Alliance 200 and 500 hour certified programs as an affiliate with Three Rivers Yoga. She is a part-time adjunct professor at Youngstown State University since August 2015 for yoga and meditation.

She continues to study yoga and meditation with her teacher Karres Cvetkovich of Youngstown.
In her spare time she enjoys attending music festivals with her husband and spending time with her dog Owsley.

Maureen says, “Through the breath, the mind and body become one. The breath guides us, helping us be aware of our bodies and minds. As Sri K. Pattabhi says, ’Yoga is 99% practice, 1% theory. Do your practice and all is coming.’”

Tara Sollman