The word yoga, from the Sanskrit word 'yuj"' means to yoke or merge. Through the years, Leia's yoga practice has become a space of unveiling one to the naked Self; A Submersion into our essence and nature around us. In her teaching she lyrically guides one to merge the poetry of the movement with the elements around us, to merge the ethereal with the physical, subconscious with the conscious, and awakening into our soft power. Leia carries with her, the traditional teaching styles of yoga that offer foundation, grounded-ness, strength and she continues to explore the subtler aspects that awaken us to grace, gentleness, and our sensual nature. Choose a way in- each path leads to the state of yoga.
I began my practice at Yoga to the People in the Mission District of San Francisco. Inspired by teacher, Yancy Scot Schwartz, I practiced at YTTP for several years . Guided by my pull to 'dive deeper' I later graduated from the their Vinyasa training and began teaching at YTTP. My enthusiasm for yoga led my studies the following year toward YogaWorks with teachers: Erika Trice & Lakshmi Angela Norwood. After meeting at the YogaWorks training, I began a one-on-one Mentorship with Stacie Overby exploring mindfulness practice through meditation, breath work, somatic awareness and guided self-inquiry. While in San Francisco, I had the opportunity to regularly teach at Moxie Yoga & Fitness, where I refined my teaching skills of an Ashtanga influenced Vinyasa practice under the guidance from the studio owner Mark Rausa .
I currently live and teach yoga in Taos, New Mexico- a beautiful place, of high desert and mountains which invites both deep contemplation and play. Presently, I am studying with Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, NM with Master Teacher Tias Little & Surya Little allowing me to cultivate a language of yoga that articulates the body in asana & pranayama while weaving in the exploration & study of sutras, poetry, myth, and chanting. I also continue my studies of the Yoga Sutra with Chase Bossart, of The Yoga Well Institute, in the lineage of Sri T. Krishnamacharya as passed on to his son Mr. TKV Desikachar.
- My VINYASA FLOW classes are influenced by classical Ashtanga - they are energizing sequences that emphasize breath, safe alignment, and graceful movement. The classes allow the Beginner through Advanced student a balanced & challenging physical practice. My intention is to hold space for students to reconnect to themselves and discover inspiration within the practice. This class is led with music.
- My YIN YANG FLOW classes aim to create a balanced practice. This class combines a strong, yang sequence emphasizing breath with movement along with cooling and grounding postures. I include readings of poetry or quotes to invite contemplative thought while leaving space for meditation. This class allows the student to cultivate mindfulness through integration of both safe alignment and graceful vinyasa. This class is led with music.