Fitness Integrated Science is a fitness and health methodology that combines modern biomechanics principles rooted in a unique isometric strengthening approach to Hatha Yoga. We are also a Wellness Center in Louisville Kentucky which focuses on increasing our clients' strength, muscular balance, joint stability, and overall range of motion. We offer yoga classes, Pilates, personal training, and yoga teacher training from our studio in the heart of Louisville, Kentucky. We offer Certification Courses and Workshops in Yoga, Pilates, Fitness and Personal Training.
Lauren Eirk is the creator of Fitness Integrated Science™, offering a unique, sound, biomechancial approach to Hatha Yoga designed to respect joint structure while improving muscle responsiveness and strength. She has spent her life teaching and studying in the health, fitness, and yoga communities, learning from some of the top minds of our time. Having worked in the health education field for over 30 years, Yoga I.S.® is her vision. Lauren’s training has made her highly sensitive to clients with complex, on-going neuro-muscular issues, helping her clients to navigate an effective exercise plan to accomplish their goals.
Lauren’s work has been featured in such magazines as Yoga Journal®, Self®, IDEA® Fitness Journal, American Fitness Magazine, ACE Fitness Magazine, American Fitness Magazine, Fitness First Quarterly Magazine, AKWA Aquatic Exercise Magazine, Business First, Natural Awakenings, and New Woman Magazine. Lauren has presented for such fitness-health organizations and education conferences as IDEA World, IDEA Personal Trainer, Inner IDEA, FACTfest, AFPA, DCAC Fitness, AFS Succeed! Conference, ACSM Fitness Summit, AEA/ IAFC, ECA, Can-FIT Pro, Fit in the City®, Fitour®, Resist-A-Ball®, and Sarah’s City Workout®
+ B.S. Physical Therapy, University of Louisville
+ M.S. Health Fitness Management
Lauren is a Certified E-RYT 500 Level Registered Yoga instructor and has studied Yoga with Master teachers David Swenson, Sianna Sherman, John Friend, Mitchel Bleier, Francois Rault, Doug Keller, Doug Swenson, Judy Rice, Rodney Yee, Beryl Bender Birch, John Schumacher, and Ramanand Patel. She is a Certified Yoga Therapist C-IAYT with the International Association of Yoga Therapy and a Yoga Alliance® Continuing Education Provider (YACEP), she is the developer of the Yoga I.S.® method for Yoga, Barre, and Pilates-based classes, including the Yoga I.S. Mechanix™ method. Lauren is a mentor for AFS Association of Fitness Studios.
Lauren is a Mastery Level Muscle Activation Techniques™ Certified Specialist and MATRx Certified Full-Body Specialist Full Body, including the Lower Leg & Foot as well as the Wrist & Hand. Lauren’s MATRx delineation makes her one of 57 world-wide leading experts in the treatment of muscular Imbalances. Lauren is an International Continuing Education Provider with an established personal training business since 2006, held in the Yoga Integrated Science™ Personal Training Studio. Lauren has been a certified group fitness instructor for nearly three decades and has run many group fitness programs. She is the creator of Yoga with Resist-A-Ball®, a former Resist-A-Ball® and FiTour® Master Trainer and the recipient of the ECA OBOW Award 2007 “Most Mindful Program”. Lauren has taught group and private classes in over 27 fitness centers since the start of her fitness career in the year 1988. She has many years of experience teaching in elementary schools, college universities, hospitals, fitness centers, and community centers in various local, national, and international venues. Lauren specializes in fitness rehabilitation, health fitness management, program development, and continuing education. Lauren is a published author with extensive television and video experience. Lauren is a brand influencer for Athleta® Brand clothing, a member of the Body Bar® Instructor Team with Yoga and Pilates programming, and an avid animal-rights advocate, partnering her business with the Kentucky Humane Society.
Core Strength is paramount in any fitness program. This video collection is comprised of exercises that target your core, allowing you to move in a variety of planes of motion with improved range on motion and strength. Our core includes many muscles that attach to our rib cage, pelvis, scapulae and spinal column. They are considered our "power center", continuously transferring forces to and from from our limbs. Improve your posture, respiration, and overall strength with intelligent core training
Think that Yoga is only for stretching and relaxing? In this video, Lauren will show you how Yoga poses can be extremely strengthening to the lower body. Yoga can create internal forces in the body to help muscles contract more efficiently through a greater range of joint motion, improving over...
Video 038 | How to have a Strong and Healthy Back with Lauren Eirk
Back Pain is common in our culture, which can result from injury but also as a byproduct of aging and sedentary lifestyles. In this video, experience several common yoga postures with specific directional cues to help you evaluate where your range of motion deficits are coming from and how to be...
Video 053 | How to Strengthen the Knee and Hip with Lauren Eirk
This video will show you some simple isometric yoga positions performed with various yoga props to improve your ability to balance, get up and down from the floor, and have better motor control in squatting and lunging motions by strengthening the muscles of the knee and hip.
Video 055 | How to strengthen your chest with Lauren Eirk
Learn how to incorporate a weighted bar into your Yoga practice in this follow-a-long strength-based practice that targets the chest, shoulders, and trunk. Discover some resistance training tips to progress or modify the overall challenge in each pose to improve overall effectiveness while maint...
Mobility issues in the back have a lot to do with strength. In this video, learn how to target muscles in the trunk that extend the spine, hips and shoulders using a weighted bar in various strategic ways. Range of motion will improve when the muscles that move the joints contract better!
Video 077 | Standing Barre Workout for Strong Hips (30 minutes) with Lauren Eirk
This workout is designed to strengthen muscles of the hips to improve the stability of the hip joints as well as range of motion. Using the ballet barre to support the body when standing on one leg or working the ankles, this routine will firm and tone the lower body. Some of the exercise posit...
Video 113 | Yoga Strong Basics (45 minute practice) with Lauren Eirk
This 45 minute practice will help you uncover an intelligent, strong way to practice Yoga that will leave you stronger, taller, and more flexible. Experience several standing, sitting, balancing, back-bending, and restorative twisting poses choreographed in a way to work the entire body and help...
Video 151 | Yoga Strong for Upper Body (50 Minute Workout) with Lauren Eirk
One of the reasons instructors use so many vinyasas (up-down / up-down / up-down) movements with planks is to bring strengthening to the upper body in yoga poses. Many complain of wrist and shoulder pain from their yoga practice. In this routine, however, we will use free weights to accomplish t...
Video 154 | Yoga Flexible Strength (30 Minute Workout) with Lauren Eirk
Flexibility gains in Yoga will be temorary with a passive stretching approach. It can even lead to muscle weakness and joint instability. In this video, practice an integrated isometric approach to several poses chosen to target core strength. You will immediately feel taller and stronger, as ...
Video 164 | Barre with Weights (45 Minute Workout) with Lauren Eirk
Experience a total body challenge using a support, bodyweight, and dumbbells. The workout includes a rhythmic warm- up, core training section, upper body strength training, standing thigh and glute strengthening exercises, and a ballet-inspired Yoga isometric section to activate muscles and stre...
Video 176 | Pilates for a Stronger Back (30 Minute Workout) with Lauren Eirk
The original 34 Pilates Mat exercises were designed to strengthen the "Power House", as Joseph Pilates described. By targeting muscles that attach to the ribs, pelvis, scapulae, and spine, the trunk becomes a strong anchor to create movements that originate from the spine or transfer movement fr...
Video 177 | Pilates for Stronger Hips (30 Minute Workout) with Lauren Eirk
The original 34 Pilates Mat exercises were designed to strengthen the "Power House", as Joseph Pilates described. The Power House was not only a way to describe the abdominal and back muscles, but muscles that attach to the pelvis, femur, and lower leg. The hip muscles transfer forces directly...