I'm Laura (AKA Cygne), a Vermont-based writer, musician, and yoga teacher.
Before landing in Vermont I spent over a decade booking and promoting international concert tours, performing 1300+ concerts, and releasing thirteen albums. I retired from the road just in time for you-know-what, and I spent two years at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where I studied writing and sound art, mentored young artists, and wrote a book about life on the road.
When not at my desk I'm in my garden, growing an array of vegetables and botanical dye flowers. In the snowy months I teach grounding, evenly paced yoga classes with monthly themes. I’ve been a student of yoga for over twenty years and have studied extensively with Jason Crandell (500 hr), Samantha Mehra, Jo Tastula, Annie Carpenter, Janet Stone (200 hr), and other teachers around the globe.
If you'd like to get in touch about a writing project or upcoming yoga classes, please say hello.
teaching, editing, & mentorship
I cannot recommend her highly enough as a diligent, creative teacher, mentor, and tutor, and a grounded voice of reason and compassion for these unsettled times.
— Matthew Goulish, professor, author, & dramaturg
She's perfect, providing exactly what I need. Yesterday, she sent an amazing email to my son in advance of his next session. She hit on exactly what was needed with his essay and was masterful coaching him through it. We could not be more pleased.
— Nia, parent of a writing student
public & private yoga classes
Such a wonderful presence.
— Carrie, Santa Fe yogi
Laura understands the body deeply, building asana sequences with an almost mathematical precision to release you into a numinous yummy! Her yogic wisdom is matched only by her deep care. I leave Laura's classes more open in body and peaceful in mind.
— Jasper, Chicago yogi
music & creative writing
Laura is a collector and curator of experiences, melody, language, creation of language, and character. She makes movie trailers of human glances on the page. She finds the emotional parents and best friends of objects, image, stun, confusions.
— Janet Desaulniers, professor & author
Captivating… spellbinding… her music is filled with imagery of our landscapes, and mirrors into our souls.
— Monterey County Weekly