Master of Yoga Philosophy & Contemplative Science:
Harvard Divinity School
Integrative Yoga Therapist & Meditation Teacher
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher
Reiki II Practitioner
Classical Pilates Instructor
Laura Dorsett, MDiv, RYT-500, is the founder of The Embodied Self.
The Embodied Self is an integrated approach to yoga, mindfulness and spiritual expansion as the foundation of all healing - artfully curated and customized to perfectly meet your unique aspirations.
Laura has been serving the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, and organizations since 2001. Her work centers on one-on-one private healing work on all levels: physical, psycho-emotional, spiritual.
Laura received her masters in yoga philosophy and contemplative science from Harvard Divinity School, where she explored the intersection of spirituality and healing in partnership with Harvard Medical School.
A meditation teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW), Laura received her professional training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in 2004 by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli. After her training, she received continued mentorship from Tara Brach, IMCW’s founder. Laura currently mentors IMCW’s Young Adult Sangha, along with guiding her weekly sangha in McLean.
Trained in dance kinesiology, anatomy and physiology at George Washington University, the scope of Laura's teachings broadened from the physical dimension of healing toward the more subtle realms throughout her career. A former ballet dancer, she began her teaching career teaching Pilates in 2001; her mindfulness teaching soon followed in 2004; she embarked on her yoga teaching career in 2006; her spiritual discovery led her to Harvard Divinity School in 2007; she began her astrology studies in 2009 and was certified through the Academy of Vedic Art and Science in 2013; she received her Reiki I and II training in 2013-14; in 2015-16, she deepened her training in Integrative Yoga Therapy, receiving her certification with Joseph and Lilian Le Page at Kripalu.
Laura’s healing work has broad applications: compassion and mindfulness programming for teens and young adults, skill-building for physicians and medical students managing burnout, and work with various companies and government organizations in the DC Metro area to reduce stress for employees. She has shared her work with teenagers in a multitude of area schools and also on teen mindfulness retreats with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (www.iBme.info. Laura has also offered self-care programs for physicians in medical schools and hospitals, including Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Childrens’ National Medical Center, Inova Fairfax, MedChi, the American Association of Pediatrics, and the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine, among others.