Laura Nohealani Emiko Toyofuku-Aki

Laura, YACEP, RYT 200, Katonah Yoga Certified Teacher, Barre Certified, Certified Personal Trainer, had a 12 year career in retail sales management with Victoria’s Secret and in 2017 she left it behind to pursue her passion of helping others. She currently sits on the Board for International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination (ICAAD) utilizing her skills in development to impact international human rights law and disrupt systemic discrimination. Laura is a graduate of Boston University with a Bachelors in International Relations.

Since her first class, she has been a dedicated practitioner learning from numerous lineages of yoga, across the world. In 2015, Laura received her 200hr vinyasa yoga certification at Laughing Lotus Brooklyn. Shortly after, Laura was certified by Liberation Prison Yoga to teach a trauma-conscious yoga and meditation practice for incarcerated adults, going on to teach the transgender ward at Riker’s Island and Manhattan Detention Complex in NYC. During this time, Laura apprenticed with Lineage Project and focused on bringing movement and mindfulness to incarcerated and at-risk youth in the NYC area. She has since gone on to complete her 200hr hatha yoga certification at Katonah Yoga NY and is currently completing her 300hr YTT with Susanna Barkataki and Ignite Yoga and Wellness Institute.

Laura is passionate about movement and meditation as an entry point for collective and individual healing. She is currently working with private clients and studios in Hawai’i and Native youth in Hawai’i and at Pine Ridge Reservation (South Dakota). Her teaching is intentionally designed to be accessible for everyone and infused with Hawaiian culture and aloha!