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Conversations with the Inspiring Lauren Padula

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Padula.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My academic training is as a physical therapist. I graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the ripe, old age of 23. Like most people in their early 20s, I actually had no idea what I wanted to do with my life or be when I grew up. But movement, exercise, and medicine had always been of interest to me (personally and professionally), so PT was a safe option.

Over the next 7 years, I stepped into almost every traditional physical therapy role: outpatient orthopedics, sports medicine, aquatic therapy, inpatient acute care, post-operative PT, home care, and even owning a cash-pay concierge PT business. I loved helping people feel better but became increasingly frustrated with the health care system, insurance red tape, and the treatment vs. prevention mentality.

So I left my job. Without much of a plan, if we’re being honest. I thought I’d go back to see a few private PT patients, I’d continue coaching runners, and I’d see what came up.

What came up was an opportunity to take a yoga teacher training. During this training, we had a section on anatomy for yoga instructors. While the anatomical information was correct, it was presented haphazardly and confusingly. I’d never thought about it before, but teaching anatomy to yoga instructors was calling me. In the 3 years since that training, my current career has been windy, hilly, but has slowly carved out the path to where it is today.

Currently, I own a studio called The Movement Space. It’s a place where you can take yoga, do strength training classes, learn new movement patterns (like Animal Flow), and give yourself essential recovery tools. It’s also a place I can see private PT patients and where other movement professionals (yoga teachers, coaches, trainers, PTs, etc.) can rent the space to see their own clients.

In addition, I’ve written an anatomy for yoga teachers book, titled Critical Anatomy, and I continue to teach the anatomy portions of yoga teacher trainings. It is a place I didn’t know existed for me when I graduated with that doctorate 10 years ago. And a place I’m proud to have created.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The biggest challenge I’ve faced along the way has been myself. The ideas I held of what it meant to be successful, how to be a woman in a health and wellness career, and the notions of what I believed I needed to own my own business have all attempted to hold me back along this journey.

As women, particularly young women, we have a tendency to doubt ourselves. We hold onto other peoples idea of success, instead of creating our own. We compare ourselves to “popular” women in our careers and on social media. And we believe that if we don’t have the experience, training, knowledge, or education on business ownership and entrepreneurship that we can’t open a business of our own.

Getting out of my own way is, and has always been, my biggest challenge.

what should we know about The Movement Space? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My personal and professional mission is to be a connector. To connect people to themselves and their own bodies. To connect people to each other. And to connect people to their larger communities. That is true of my business and The Movement Space as well.

I connect my knowledge and background to my classes and programming. And I ensure that every person who DMs, emails, calls, or takes a class is a little more connected – in any of the above ways – than they were before our interaction.

Human connection is often missing these days. My mission is to change that.

Who do you look up to? How have they inspired you?
I’m inspired by women who have taken their passions and turned them into reality. Specifically, those who have done so through hard work.

In the “get famous quick” world of Instagram fitness and yoga, the true inspirations are the brilliant women (and men) grinding away for a purpose, not for likes.

Women like Tara Nicole of The Thrive House here in San Diego, Sheri Matthews- Kimmel of Sheri Wellness Consulting, and Jenna Zabrosky of Yoga With Jenna all come to mind.


  • First Class at The Movement Space, $10
  • Grand Opening Special, 10 classes for $90
  • Any 60 Minute Private Session (strength training, yoga, or physical therapy), $79

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Angelo Neron and John O’Nelio

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