I'm Laura (AKA Cygne), a Chicago-based writer, musician, and yoga teacher.
Before landing in the Windy City 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 the past two years at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, honing my craft, mentoring young artists, and writing a book about life on the road. Now I write full-time, create compelling copy for private clients and continuing to mentor writers of all genres.
When not at my desk I teach balanced, evenly paced yoga classes with monthly themes. I’ve been a student of yoga(s) for over twenty years, studying extensively with Jason Crandell, Jo Tastula, Annie Carpenter, Samantha Mehra, Janet Stone, and other teachers around the globe. Most recently, I received my 500 hour advanced certification from Jason Crandell and I'm excited to share what I've learned in a six-week workshop this fall.
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