Laura Johnson

Yoga Instructor RYT-500

Certified Trauma Conscious Yoga

Environmental Studies Lecturer

Community Rest/Grief Worker


Laura Johnson, PhD, is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher with advanced training by Samantha Akers of TheraYoga Method and certification in the Trauma Conscious Yoga Method (TCYM) and Yoga for Social Justice with Nityda Gessel of the Trauma-Conscious Yoga Institute. She is also a Geography and Environmental Studies lecturer at Cal Poly Humboldt, and she holds a doctorate in Geography with a specialization in Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change from Michigan State University.

Laura is the founder of A Restful Space, offering personalized restorative yoga and community rest & eco-grief circles in Humboldt County, as well as her premiere self-paced online course, Yoga for Ecological Grief. Laura is passionate about yoga in a holistic sense as a relational and embodied practice for personal and collective healing and has been invited to present at the 2022 Sedona Yoga Festival as well as the annual Post-Capitalist Conference.

Laura is also a Reiki practitioner and sound healer, novice permaculturist, toddler/dog/chicken/goat momma, practitioner of the Work that Reconnects, and freelance writer with essays and poetry published in, Science and Nonduality (SAND), Tikkun,, Taproot Magazine, and Deep Times: A Journal of the Work that Reconnects.

Laura lives on Wiyot land in Eureka, CA, with her husband, Nick, and their young daughter, Cordelia.


  • Stacey S.

    "Yoga for Ecological Grief is a truly unique and transformative series that provides a supportive space for bringing awareness to the inner work needed in these unprecedented times of change. Delving deep into the heart of our personal and collective grief provides each of us the opportunity to recognize our connection with our environment, our community, and ourselves. Yoga for Ecological Grief helped me see that inherent within the grief is a profound connection and love for that which we are grieving, and out of that a sense of hope and optimism naturally arises."

  • Emily A.

    "I want to thank Laura for creating A Restful Space. The restorative practice she teaches has become a refuge and a healing place for me. Combined with her gentle touch and sound therapy, I am restored from a heavy workweek and refreshed for the week ahead. Laura’s use of meditative mantras and selective readings guide my practice throughout the session and throughout the week that follows. A Restful Space is a gift to the community and I am grateful for its offerings."

  • Gena L.

    "(This course) touches my heart; it is so gentle and soothing as well as thoughtful and thought provoking. I appreciate the invitational language, the variations offered for asana and how the meditations, breath practices and mudras are blended and woven together throughout the class. It is truly a worthwhile offering and I’m so glad I signed up for it."

Retreats Featuring Laura

Coming Soon!