Odyssey: n. a long wandering and eventful journey
This is the story of how yoga was the conduit that saved my life, reconnected me to the wisdom of my own body and inner voice, reclaimed my voice and a pivotal path to the journey home to my whole, integrated self: heart, mind, body, and spirit.
Integrated Soul Co. was founded by Lori Joanne Quick, a one-woman(for now), social impact, arts, and spiritual wellness business. More about Integrated Soul to come.
Lori is a 500hr Certified Yoga Instructor and practitioner in the tradition of Patanjali’s Eight-Limbed path and the Hatha Yoga Tradition. She earned her Master of Arts in Theology at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena in 2022. Lori is an Irish-Scottish-German, California-Born, White Woman.
She grew up overseas and Downunder, a TCK on more than one beautiful island. Always a free spirit & encouragement cheerleader. She gets her love of words, science, and theology from her Linguist parents. Studying music in college, music runs in the family and back through extended family. After a painful separation from music, she’s listening for new opportunities to make music, and began singing again in 2018-2020, first as a worship vocalist, then as music director until the beginning of the pandemic. (To hear more of her story, check out the first 3 short-form episodes of her podcast; listen with care, mentions religious abuse).
A practitioner of spiritual sobriety, spiritual agency, and freedom, advocate for embodied, integrated soul care and self-compassion. Yoga was a pivotal part of her healing and liberation journey, of listening to her body, her intuition, and remembering who she was and of her calling to help be a small part of bringing hope & healing to the world. A lifelong student and now a scholar-activist, contemplative reader, and student of social justice matters, a more equitable world, and believer in shalom and wholeness. She recognizes she is still learning/unlearning about equity, doing less harm, interrupting harm, and spending her privilege and is proactively doing her own internal work, self-reflection, and bring awareness to her companions along the way.
Her participation in a 300-hr training to decolonize western yoga ran parallel to her journey to dismantle oppression of the harm of colonization of Christendom as a weapon of White Supremacy, and to encourage folks to do better. Ignoring history does not help us grow both collectively and individually.
Yoga is a deeply spiritual and ancient practice. It is more than just a physical or asana practice. A spiritual, eight-limbed path, and tradition that comes from India. Acknowledging the roots of this liberatory practice does not dictate who or what you must worship. She has chosen a (non-western) Jesus-centric yogic practice; a redemptive, life-giving, and vital part of her journey — that saved her life. An embodied practice that brings heart+mind+body+spirit together can be very moving, powerful, and restorative. Her first two yoga classes as a student were an encounter with the Divine Love of God as she began to learn the practice of listening in prayer, and breathwork, (the ancient yogic practice of pranayama), paired alongside Contemplative Christian Spiritual Practices such as Christian Meditation, Lectio Divina, the Prayer of Examen and Centering Prayer.
She’s an auntie to two joy-bearers.
She’s so excited to see you in class or connect with you online. Grace & Peace
With gratitude to my teachers:
- Susanna Barkataki, Embrace Yoga’s Roots, Ignite Wellness, Los Angeles, CA
- Sarah Wheeler, Greatly Gracious Chicago
- John Philip Newell, Earth & Soul, Edinburgh, Colorado
Books & their Authors as Teachers (Short List, Long Lasting Impact)
- The Gospel of Ruth; Lost Women of the Bible, Carolyn Custis James
- Original Blessing, Danielle Shroyer
- The Very Good Gospel, Lisa Sharon Harper
- Raise Your Voice, Kathy Khang
- Braving the Wilderness, Brené Brown
- Womanist Midrash, Dr. Wilda Gafney
- Jesus Feminist, Sarah Bessey
- Dallas Willard, “a healthy soul is an integrated soul.”
- Lucky, Glenn Packiam
- Healing the Purpose of Your Life,
Matthew, Sheila, & ___Linn
- The Powers That Be, Walter Wink
- Dance of the Dissident Daughter,
Sue Monk Kidd
- Let Your Life Speak; Hidden Wholeness, Parker Palmer
Influenced & Informed by
- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Beloved Community
- Women of the Civil Rights Movement: Ella Baker
- Layla F. Saad, Good Ancestor
- Tasha Morrison, Be the Bridge