Yoga is a physical and spiritual journey that empowers the practitioner to find his or her own inner spiritual peace.  This journey is meant to take a lifetime or more.  Don’t rush your practice; rather, be diligent, be disciplined, be patient, and practice often.  Only then will you find spiritual growth and peace in your practice and in everything else that you do.”  -Laura M. Gorham

Laura's Background


Laura, whose yoga practice experience exceeds 15 years, is a double board certified physician in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, a licensed acupuncturist, an E-RYT 200 and YACEP you instructor, and the owner of and principle teacher at The Shala of Pittsburgh Ashtanga Yoga. She was introduced to yoga through the Ashtanga method while in medical school, but when she moved to Pittsburgh 15 years ago for her residency training, she couldn't find a dedicated Ashtanga Yoga studio in the area.  She began to practice Baptiste style yoga, eventually completed 200 hours of teacher training in this method, and taught for a few years afterward.  However, 8 years ago Laura began to crave the Ashtanga Yoga method she was first introduced to years prior, so she decided to stop teaching power yoga and focus on a dedicated Ashtanga Yoga practice.  

Laura has studied with various Certified and Authorized Ashtanga Yoga Instructors including Kino MacGregor, David Swenson, David Garrigues, Taylor Hunt, Tim Feldmann, Sharath Jois, Krista Shirley, and Tim Miller.  Finding a deep resonation with Tim Miller in 2010, she chose him as her primary teacher. Laura travels at least once or twice yearly to study with Tim, travels regularly to Columbus to study with Taylor Hunt, and she has completed over 400 hours of teacher training and mentorship in both the Primary Series and Intermediate Series with Tim and Taylor.   Laura is now 11 years into her medical practice, 8 years into her Ashtanga Yoa practice, and has her master teacher’s blessing to teach this method of yoga.  She is currently studying the 3rd Series (Advanced A) under Tim Miller and Taylor Hunt's tutelage. Additionally, she has had the unique experience of practicing Ashtanga Yoga throughout her pregnancy in 2016 and is currently an avid practitioner of the Seventh Series.

Laura has an infinite love and passion for the method of Ashtanga Yoga.  She has seen and felt her body, spirit, and mind transform while practicing regularly and working steadily through the Primary, Intermediate, and Third Series of Ashtanga Yoga.  She is thrilled to share this method of yoga with you!