Lauren Vega

ONE. WHAT IS THE WORKS TO YOU?

“Gimme the works”. I think when any of us hear or say those words, we immediately get excited. “The works” in the traditional sense is used when we’re feeling downright worthy of treating ourselves. And that’s how I feel about The Works. It is more than just a yoga studio. It is a vibrant, compassionate community that makes you feel strong, supported, and worthy of love. It is a treat to be taught by the amazing instructors and practice alongside others who want a class that gives them everything they deserve.

TWO. WHAT’S PLAYING IN YOUR HEAD PHONES?

If you see me outside of the studio, you can bet I’ve got some headphones in my ears. I’m constantly exploring new music and I love creating playlists that make me want to move, sing, and smile. Right now Rayland Baxter, Eryn Allen Kane, and Nathy Peluso are on repeat. But I’ve always got Bill Withers, Nina Simone and Billie Holiday on the brain.

THREE. HOW DID YOU FIND YOURSELF ON THE MAT?

My mom started this crazy thing called yoga when I was in 5th grade. I think she brought me along for moral support because neither of us knew what we were doing. She fell in love with it and became a certified teacher. Two years later, my step-father got certified. A year after that my brother became a teacher, too. At fifteen I felt like I could handle the training so I became the fourth and final teacher in the family. We now have a studio called Brown Dog Yoga in West Virginia. Because of yoga, I was able to navigate the transitions that I experienced throughout my adolescence. It has taught me so much about myself and given me tools for achieving my goals, creating healthy relationships, and finding a purpose in this world.

FOUR. A QUOTE OR SONG LYRIC THAT SPEAKS TO YOU.

“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride in the fact that, even though the rest of the word may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.” – Kurt Vonnegut