Tell us a little about yourself
Hi, I’m Lauren. I’m a Clinical Psychologist and Yoga Teacher based in Byron Bay, Australia. I bring yoga (in it’s entirety, not just postures) into the counseling room, and I bring psychology and wellbeing into my yoga classes. I’m the creator of A Daily Dose of Bliss, a 6 week online yoga course, and of the community project, Capturing Gratitude. I’m also a Mum of two wonderful young children, a Highly Sensitive Person and I love the beach.
What is your philosophy on healing or overcoming health challenges.
I work with loads of amazing people who are experiencing health challenges, and I’ve had my own over the years. The 2 most important factors that I see are listening to your intuition (get out of your head, and into your body; your body knows what it needs to heal) and getting enough sleep.
How have you used adversity in your life to fuel your commitment to balance and wellness?
My own experience of fatigue has really given me a wake up call to only do what my intuition guides me to, to get enough sleep, to practice self love and compassion and to take loads of down time in my life (a challenge for me with 2 young children).
How do you stay healthy, resilient and vibrant?
I practice Integrative Restoration Yoga Nidra. Both as a formal practice and as a moment-by-moment practice (meaning I embody the teachings as best I can in each and every moment). It’s a beautiful practice that helps me to deeply relax, honour my intuition, know myself and to simply be.
I also eat well, try to get enough sleep, have loads of fun, practice gratitude, dance, practice yoga most mornings and spend time outside.
What tips do you recommend for your clients dealing with / healing from illness?
One of my first questions when I meet clients is how much sleep they’re getting. Sleep plays such an important role in our physical and psychological health. I cannot stress this enough (although I don’t always find it easy myself!).
All the usual stuff about getting exercise, eating well, practicing yoga and meditation, having fun, being social, relaxing, limiting TV and media and managing stress are all so important. If you listen to your intuition, you’ll probably be guided to do the perfect amount of each.
iRest Yoga Nidra is such a beautiful practice to support you to listen your body, tune into your intuition, get clear on what you want your life to be about, learn how to relate to feelings, emotions, thoughts and beliefs and to simply be (the best part in my opinion!).
If there was only one thing a person could find the energy and resources to make a priority what would it be?
Practice iRest Yoga Nidra!
What is your favorite inspirational quote for healing?
This Rumi poem called The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
Dr Lauren Tober is a Clinical Psychologist and Yoga Teacher based in Byron Bay, Australia. She is the creator of A Daily Dose of Bliss, a 6 week online yoga course to find your bliss in just 5-10 minutes a day. She is also the creator of Capturing Gratitude, a free photographic happiness project. Connect with Lauren at www.laurentober.com.