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What is Yoga?

A Path to Inner Peace

Yoga - To Yoke / Join / Create Union / Inner & Outer Harmony  

Yoga is so much more than postures. Postures, or Asanas, are 1 aspect of Patanjali’s 'Eight Limbs of Yoga'.  Patanjali, a sage who lived approx 2,000 years ago, created an organized system of Yoga, a path to inner peace, a holistic lifestyle that includes ethical behaviors, self-care practices, refining the breath/pranayama, asanas/physical postures, and various stages of meditation.   

Each yoga class I teach includes:

Centering, Pranayama/breath-work, Asana/postures and Savasana/relaxation.  

Pranayama/breathing techniques are an essential part of the yoga practice as they invite nourishing energy into the body, help slow down a busy mind, improve the immune system and regulate the nervous system.  

 

Asanas/physical postures nourish the physical body and mind as well.  They get energy or prana/lifeforce and other vital fluids flowing in the body, help us stretch soft tissues, strengthen muscles and bones,

develop and maintain mobility, balance and focus, and so much more.  They keep our bodies young.

Savasana, the final pose of each practice, helps the body/mind relax, 

process the yoga practice and settle the nervous system.   

 

My yoga teacher’s lineage is that of B.K.S. Iyengar, a pivotal and highly respected yoga teacher from India.  

As a result, I teach with a focus on alignment and recommend use of props in Asana practices.  

This mature style of yoga requires awareness, patience and embodiment.

It helps keep bodies safe from injury and helps us achieve greater benefits from the practice.  

Students are encouraged to stay within their pain-free range of motion and to move at their own pace.  

Modifications are always available for all postures and props can be used to assist as well.

I teach slow gentle asana practices and my body appreciates it.  

I value the rationale behind this style of practice related to

nervous system health and resilience as well as the mind/body connection they help to cultivate.  

As a teacher, I remind students to listen to their bodies and practice Ahimsa, Non-Violence,

in thoughts and actions, both on the mat and off.  

This is a worthy journey.  You’re worth it.

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About Me

Who am I?

Sometimes, I don’t know how to answer that question.  Am I my roles?  Am I my circumstances? 

Am I my accomplishments or perceived failures?  I do know, I’m a spiritual being, a student of earth-school,

a female in my mid-fifties, who’s grappling with the realities of aging.  I am healing from a lifetime of wounds.  

I am a mother of three amazing adult children whom I love with all my heart.  

I am a songwriter. 

Songwriting was born out of my desire to heal from a lifetime of challenging circumstances.

I love many genres of music and have written and recorded a few of my original songs which you can find

on this site and on sites like Spotify, Pandora, Amazon & Apple Music. 

I am a dancer. 

Dancing was my refuge as a child.  I would find comfort moving to music.

I was a professional dancer for a few years and taught dance, (ballet, jazz, modern) for over 20 years.

Nowadays, I dance in my office, by myself, to feel joy. 

I am a designer.

I have a degree in Interior Design and worked in the commercial design industry off and on for many years.  

I am a nature lover.   I love spending time in nature.

I love animals.  I love second-hand shopping and value earth friendly practices.  

I am a playful spirit. 

 

I am a Yoga Teacher & Meditation Teacher.  

 

I am a Certified Holistic Coach.

I Am.  

Leanne's Education & Credentials - 

CHC, Certified Holistic Coach,

through Radiant Coaches Academy, an ICF approved program.

Certified Primordial Sound Meditation Teacher, 

through The Chopra Center

E-200RYT, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher =

200 hours of yoga teacher training

+ over 2,000 hours of teaching.

RYT500 = 300 Additional hours of yoga teacher training

YACEP = Additional hours of training, qualifying me to teach yoga teachers.

 Additional specialty areas Leanne has studied:

Mindfulness

Restorative Yoga

Yoga for Pelvic Floor Health

Baptiste Foundation - Unstoppable - Yoga for Youth  

Lorne Fishman, MD - Yoga for Osteoporosis Prevention & Reversal

Hannah Somatics / Essential Somatics - Level 1 Somatics Exercise Coach