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Lauren Jones started her artistic career as a company member with Longview Ballet Theatre in Longview, Texas for four years. She also was accepted into the North Carolina School of Performing Arts in Winston-Salem summer programs two years in a row. After graduating high school, she attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and graduated with a bachelors in the biological sciences. Lauren was offered the opportunity of traveling to Europe to work as a fashion model and spent the next three years traveling and working between Paris, Milan, and Munich before moving to New York City where she was signed to Wilhelmina Models, Inc. She was based there for the next 20 years as a high fashion print and runway model. She was also represented by Carol Ingber & Associates and has been in over 25 national television commercials and various industrial films and infomercials. She is a vested member of SAG-AFTRA.
Lauren graduated with dual MBA degrees in 2005 from Columbia Business School, NYC and London School of Business in London, UK. At Columbia Business School, where she was one of the five applicants chosen out of thirty-five to win a spot through a business plan competition to be a part of the Greenhouse Project (now known as the Columbia Start Up Lab) at the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center. Her emphasis at London Business School was in marketing.
Lauren currently resides in Cape Girardeau, Missouri where she owns, operates, and teaches at The Edge-Your Fitness Advantage (formerly The Source- Yoga ’n More) since 2011 and is the owner and lead trainer of The Yoga Source, 200hr Registered Yoga School in partnership with the Southeast Missouri State University’s Continuing Education program. Lauren is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 200 hour) with over 2500 teaching hours and is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP ). This conferred designation considers her an expert in one or more of Yoga Alliance’s Educational Categories and grants her the ability to offer classes and workshops that qualify as continuing education courses for other RYT’s through Yoga Alliance. She is also a former faculty member of Yoga East Registered Yoga School where she taught yoga anatomy and vinyasa/power yoga to aspiring yoga instructors.
Lauren also holds certifications in Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga through Sadie Nardini, YogaWall through Bryan LeGere, Yoga Anatomy through The Breathing Project in NYC, and BarreBody Edge/Beyond Barre. She is also a certified aerial yoga and aerial apparatus instructor through Born To Fly Productions, LLC through whom she obtained her Aerial Yoga Level 1, Fabric Level 1 and Fabric Level 2 teaching certifications. She is currently completing her practicum training for her Sling1, Rope 1, and Trapeze1 teaching certifications. She completed her 150 hour certifications in Aerial Arts Sequence: Theatre, Dance, or Recreational Circus and also in Peak Performance Aerial Sequence in summer 2017. Lauren has choreographed and performed on the aerial fabric for several showcases, most recently in Greece as a part of the Vertical Theatre Method workshop with Paper Doll Militia, along with various charity benefits and has recently realigned with Wilhelmina Models, Inc as an aerialist for the Fitness Division and also with her former division, Direct Bookings, with division directors Topher DesPeres and Ginny Conquest respectively.