Integrated Soul Co. was founded by
Lori Joanne Quick and is a one-woman social impact, arts, and spiritual wellness business built on her experience, studies, training, and body of work.
The short and sweet bio is that I am a faithful skeptic, post-evangelical Ecumenical Celtic Christian mystic, passionate about Integrated, Embodied humans living life to the fullest, thriving and experiencing Quality of life, and healthy souls. Shalom. Wholeness.
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.
- Yoga saved my life.
- Celtic spirituality revealed deep roots connecting to what is deepest in us, invoking the sacred feminine, and a need for a balance of both the feminine and masculine and, healing our connection to the earth.
- Art, music, and poetry infuse me with a zest for life and a tool for healing. All three helped me be at home in myself, building self-trust and making my way forward.
Certifications, Education, and Lineage
I am a 500hr Trauma-Informed Certified Yoga Instructor (2021) and practitioner in the tradition of Patanjali’s Eight-Limbed path and the Hatha Yoga Tradition. I completed my studies, Master of Arts, in Theology Summa Cum Laude at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena in 2022. I completed the first year of the School of Earth and Soul in Celtic Wisdom 1 (2019) and walked 100 miles in Ireland on Brigid’s Way in July 2022. I am a Scottish-Irish-German, California-Born, White Woman, and auntie to two delightful humans.
I grew up overseas and Downunder as a TCK on more than one beautiful island. Always a free spirit & encouragement cheerleader. I get my love of words, science, and theology from my Linguist parents. Studying music in college, music runs in the family and back through extended family. After a painful separation from music, I am 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 this part 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 my healing and liberation journey, of listening to my body, intuition, and remembering of I am, and play a small part in bringing hope & healing to the world. A lifelong student and scholar-activist, contemplative reader, and student of social justice matters, a more equitable world, and believer in shalom and wholeness. I recognize I am still learning/unlearning about equity, committed to doing less harm, interrupting harm, and spending my privilege. I am proactively doing my own internal self-reflection, and integration, while attempting to bring awareness to my companions along the way.
My participation in a 300-hr training to decolonize western yoga ran parallel to my journey to dismantle oppression of the harm of colonization of Christendom and fundamentalism and evangelicalism 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 (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. I have chosen a (non-western) Jesus-centric yogic practice; a redemptive, life-giving, and vital part of her journey — that saved my life. An embodied practice that brings heart+mind+body+spirit together can be very moving, powerful, and restorative. My first two yoga classes as a student were an encounter with the Divine Love of God as I 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. You can read more about my spiritual and yoga teachers below.
I am 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 (2020-2021)
- Sarah Wheeler, Greatly Gracious Chicago (2014-2016)
- John Philip Newell, Earth & Soul, Edinburgh, Iona, Colorado (2019)
Books & their Authors as my Teachers: A short list
- The Gospel of Ruth; Lost Women of the Bible, Carolyn Custis James
- Original Blessing,
- The Very Good Gospel,
Lisa Sharon Harper
- Raise Your Voice, Kathy Khang
- Braving the Wilderness,
- Womanist Midrash, Dr. Wilda Gafney
- Jesus Feminist, Sarah Bessey
- Dallas Willard, “a healthy soul is an integrated soul.”
- 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
My work is influenced & informed by:
- All the above and the following:
- 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