Laura GonzalasYogini / Surfer / Healthy Eating Guru

Laura is The Mermaid Society’s resident Yogini. Growing up in Oahu (Hawaii) and living the ultimate surfer girl lifestyle until she was 23 on the eastside of the island in a town called Kailua. She voyaged from the islands to California but now calls Australia home.

Laura completed her yoga teachers certification in 2011 and has been teaching Vinyasa and Stand Up Paddle Yoga in Sydney. More recently she has completed her Certificate 3 and 4 in Fitness making her a qualified Personal Trainer. In 2013 Laura brought us the Mermaid Yoga Series and she will continue to bring us the best nutritional advice, recipes and ideas for balanced living.

About Laura’s Surfing…

I started long boarding when I was 13 and transitioned to a fish when I was about 16. So I’ve been surfing for more than half my life! (28 now). I’m pretty partial to Channel Islands boards I currently ride a 5’10 Fred Rubble and before that had a 5’11 Flyer. I recently started getting back into long boarding as well and I ride an 8’0 that my partner’s friend designed the dimensions for and got machine shaped…I don’t really know the details I just picked the colours. I don’t know that much about boards, I find it daunting. I just know when I surf something I like!”

Why Yoga is important to Laura…

“Yoga is incredible on so many different levels (which kind of feeds into the question below). First of all it’s so much more than physical- there’s this amazing mind body connection that happens and from it this self-awareness that is pretty incredible if you listen to it. You start to find out what really matters to you, what nourishes you both nutritionally and in life. Then there’s the whole physical side of the poses or asanas. Movement is so important, especially as you age.’

“Over time unused bodies can become stiff and loose mobility and the ability to function in the way that they designed to move. Day to day habitual and repetitive patterns from work or sport can lead to poor posture or overuse injuries. Yoga strengthens and stretches muscles in a functional way. It can help with posture, joint stability and range of motion while increasing balance and focus, lengthening muscles and increasing flexibility. Yoga can be amazing cross training for any sport or just day-to-day life. A lot of people tell me they don’t do yoga because they are not flexible and I always laugh..that’s the whole point: you don’t have to be flexible to do yoga, yoga makes you flexible.”

On Nutrition & Healthy Eating… 

“My guidelines for healthy living are intuitive. I really listen to my body, eat when I’m hungry, rest when I’m tired, and make sure I find time for stillness and movement. Nutritionally I try to eat food that is unprocessed or as minimally processed as possible and avoid additives, preservatives, dyes, and pesticides as much as I can. When I look at labels I’m more concerned with ingredients than fat or calorie content. I don’t follow any type of diet, I think people need to find out what works for them. We are all different so I don’t think we can put people in a box and say everyone should do this diet.”

“We all know vegetables are good for us yet most people don’t get enough, especially leafy greens. Eat good quality protein (this can be plant or animal, if you do eat animal protein, try to eat organic), and complex carbohydrates like lentils, quinoa, and sweet potatoes over white processed bread or cereals. I love fruit. I’m all for a treat here and there (again though what are the ingredients?). In order to get the most out of life we need energy, fuel from food. You don’t have to eat less or starve yourself if you eat foods full of nutrients. Be aware of how you feel after you eat something, if you listen to your body it will tell you what it needs.”

Laura has an amazing energy and love of life. She leads a healthy lifestyle that we all aspire to. She says “My guidelines for healthy living are intuitive. I really listen to my body, eat when I’m hungry, rest when I’m tired, and make sure I find time for stillness and movement.”

She can pull of a perfect twirl on a longboard and can carve up a storm on a shortboard. We are stoked to have Laura part of The Mermaid Society and love her happy energy and holistic outlook on life. Look out for her weekly Mermaid Yoga contributions.

You can follow Laura’s healthy eating lifestyle on Instagram @Thenbe

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