Laura Khoudari

Laura Khoudari CPT, CES

Laura Khoudari is a pioneer in trauma-informed strength training, a certified Positive Psychology-based Well-Being Coach, speaker, and the author of Lifting Heavy Things: Healing Trauma One Rep at a Time. She is passionate about giving people the tools they need to heal from trauma and cultivate mental health and wellness. Her work has been widely recognized by the trauma and fitness community, and she has been featured by The New York Times, NPR, Buzzfeed, UpWorthy, Outside Online, Medium, Vice, and Nike.com. She has presented her work for Somatic Experiencing International, The Breathe Network, Reebok, Les Mills, Fitness4AllBodies, and conferences, schools, and fitness studios in the US and Canada.

Laura's Presentations


Mindful Movement

The Most Empowering, Transformative, and Self-Compassionate Approach to Moving More and Feeling Better

You know that exercise can support your patients’ and clients’ physical and mental health, and yet how often do you find that there seems to be obstacles preventing your patients and clients from bringing more exercise and movement into their lives? Many people have complicated relationships with exercise and their bodies. For some, gyms and fitness studios can feel intimidating or unwelcoming. Others do know the gym can be a place to feel better, but no one is teaching them how to reap all the mental health benefits from their movement practice. And if your clients and patients are living with trauma, contending with systemic discrimination, or coping with stress, they likely have another obstacle to contend with—they may be disconnected from their body and not even know it. This disconnect can lead to frequent feelings of overwhelm, illness, chronic pain, and injuries—even if our patients and clients are trying their best to tend to their well-being.

Using both written and simple movement exercises, teachings about trauma informed movement practices, and her gift of storytelling, Laura will show you how to help your patients or clients reframe how they think about and approach movement and wellness, and she will do it with a sense of humor and compassion.

By the end of the program attendees will be empowered to show their patients and clients how to incorporate mindful movement into their lives, not as another to-do, but as a grounding and empowering practice that fits into their daily routines as they are right now.

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