Laura Carmen Arena is a wellness consultant at the Harvard Center for Wellness and teaches gentle yoga at the Greater Boston YMCA where she is also participating in the CDC-designed nationwide diabetes prevention wellness and lifestyle coaching program. For nearly a decade, Laura served as the inaugural Assistant Director for Multicultural and International Affairs at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she developed and directed programs, events and workshops promoting understanding of diversity, and advised students from all backgrounds. Laura is a certified Yoga Alliance yoga teacher and has received advanced training for the Mind Body Stress Reduction Program at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and in teaching mindfulness to young adults through the Koru Mindfulness program. She received a Master's with an emphasis on contemplative traditions from Harvard Divinity School and a Master's in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is a candidate for the ALM in Literature and Creative Writing at Harvard. Laura writes fiction and poetry, and is a wellness, education and culture reporter for Gatehouse Media. She feels blessed to be introduced to yoga, English and the United States at about the same time, as a very young immigrant. Her teaching focus is on a gentle and mindful practice informed by her training in MBSR and mindfulness traditions.