Jumpstart Instructor, MAT™ Rx Foot and Hand Specialist
Lauren Eirk, MS, MATm, is the Founder of the Yoga Integrated Science™ Wellness Center in Louisville, KY. She is a certified E-RYT 500 level Yoga Instructor with Yoga Alliance® and has over 30 years of experience in group fitness, personal training, health fitness management, and continuing education instruction. Lauren was introduced to MAT™ after a very painful knee surgery that resulted from an aggressive yoga adjustment. She was already discovering that “stretching” and pushing oneself into yoga poses after nearly two decades of sports and group fitness was breaking her down. After her first MAT™ treatment, she was able to fly home with no hip pain for the first time in many years! She immediately signed up for a Jumpstart Series, then eventually the Internship. The rest is history! MAT™ has not only helped her to take control of her own health, but it helped her to completely transform how she teaches group fitness, Yoga, and Pilates. Taking the MAT™ internship really drove home the concept that no two bodies are ever the same! She began to re-think this idea that every person should be able to achieve the same results if they practiced enough.
These concepts helped Lauren to develop a 500 hour Registered Hatha Yoga School Yoga Integrated Science™, offering a biomechanical approach to Hatha Yoga. Lauren is the author of the 200 Hour RYT Yoga Teacher Training program, the 300-Hour RYT Advanced Yoga Therapeutics Program, and the 300 hour Yoga I.S. Mechanix™ program. She is a Mastery Level Muscle Activation Techniques™ Certified Specialist and Rx Prescriptive Rules Certified Foot and Hand Specialist. She is currently enrolled in the 2015-2017 MATRx Internship in Denver. Lauren is an MAT™ Jumpstart Instructor, a Mastery Level Resistance Training Specialist®, certified personal trainer, and an International Continuing Education Provider. Her work has been featured in such magazines as “Yoga Journal®”, “Self® Magazine”, “IDEA® Fitness Journal”, “ACE® Magazine”, “Fitness First™ Quarterly Magazine, “AKWA® Aquatic Exercise Magazine”, “Business First”, “Natural Awakenings™ Magazine”, and “New Woman” Magazine. Lauren has presented for such fitness-health organizations and education conferences as IDEA World, IDEA Personal Trainer, Inner IDEA, FACTfest, AFPA, DCAC Conventions, AEA/ IAFC, ECA, Can-FIT Pro®, Fit in the City®, Fitour®, Resist-A-Ball®, and Sarah’s City Workout®
Lauren has a passion for animal rights, partnering with the Kentucky Humane Society to help raise awareness and funds for animals in need of adoption and medical attention.