Lauree began her career as an ACE-Certified Personal Trainer in NYC. She transformed her love of health and fitness into a 20-year career as a Producer in Broadcast Television and Digital. After 5 years at “Access Hollywood,“ two nominations and a Daytime Emmy win for launching “The Doctors,” years in Development at ABC where she helped launch Tyra Banks’ FABlife and was acknowledged with a Webby Honor for the digital series “She Talks,” and then, Executive Producing AwesomenessTV’s digital studio for moms, “Awestruck,” Lauree decided a massive life-change was necessary.
But there is more to this story…In 2011, Lauree’s husband of 20 years, Indie actor and filmmaker, Oklahoma City native, Ford Austin, was in a catastrophic car accident in Los Angeles. We are talking died 3 times, had an NDE, and was given a 1% chance to recover kind of accident. After many surgeries on both coasts and through amazing medical care and the grace of God, Ford made a miraculous recovery. After 3 years of managing and advocating for her husband’s care, going back to the producing life of stressed out, sleepless, 4- am panicked wake-ups, perfectionist behavior, and a constant searching for external validation just didn’t feel right anymore. She wanted this next chapter in her life to be about healing and giving back– not only healing herself from the life-and-death trauma she experienced, but also holding space and helping others on their healing journeys.
Lauree quit her job and enrolled in an extensive meditation teacher training program with an emphasis on Tantric and Mindfulness Techniques at “The Den” Meditation Studio in Los Angeles taught by Hilary Jackendoff, Chandresh Bhardwaj, and Heather Prete. Her teacher Hilary, introduced her to the ancient healing meditation practice of Yoga Nidra. Lauree felt immediately called to learn and teach this powerful practice. She is grateful to have the opportunity to share it in Oklahoma City. Lauree currently teaches Yoga Nidra and Guided Meditation classes at OKC’s Soul Yoga, and You Power Yoga in Edmond. She also shares Yoga Nidra in the workplace at Chesapeake Energy Corporation and in the healthcare setting with community classes at Integris Cancer Hospital. She maintains a private clientele and is committed to continued growth and service.