Who am I?
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 late-fifties, who’s learning to accept the realities of aging.
I am a mother of three amazing adult children, whom I love with all my heart.
I am a survivor, healing from a lifetime of wounds.
I am a Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher.
I share these practices because I believe in their ability to create health & well-being in Mind, Body & Spirit.
I am a Certified Holistic Coach.
As a coach, I'm here to listen, witness, support,
to help you come to your own conclusions, by assisting your exploration,
and helping you connect with your deeper and highest self.
I am a songwriter.
Songwriting was born out of my desire to heal from a lifetime of challenging circumstances.
I have written and recorded a few of my original songs, which you can find
on sites like Spotify, Pandora, Amazon & Apple Music.
I am a dancer.
Dancing was my refuge as a child. I still find comfort and joy in moving to music.
I was a professional dancer for a few years and taught dance, (ballet, jazz, modern) for over 20 years.
I am a designer.
I have a degree in Interior Design and worked in the commercial design industry off and on for many years.
Now, I just decorate my own personal spaces for efficiency and beauty.
I am a nature lover and love spending time in nature.
I do what I can to care for the Earth and all it's living beings.
I am a playful spirit.
What is Yoga?
A Path to Inner Peace
Yoga - To Yoke or Join / To Create Union, Inner & Outer Harmony
Yoga is so much more than postures.
Postures, or Asanas, are one 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, physical postures/asana, 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 help energy/prana/lifeforce and other vital fluids flow through the body,
help us stretch soft tissues, strengthen muscles and bones,
develop and maintain mobility, balance and focus, and more.
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 postures and props are recommended to help you
achieve the maximum benefit of the postures/asanas.
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.
Leanne's Education & Credentials -
CHC, Certified Holistic Coach -
Radiant Coaches Academy, (an ICF approved program)
Certified Primordial Sound Meditation Teacher -
The Chopra Center
Yoga Teacher Training -
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 Yoga Teacher Training, qualifying me to teach yoga teachers)
Specialty areas Leanne has studied:
Yoga for Youth Populations
Yoga for Osteoporosis / Bone Health
Somatics Exercise Coach / Level 1
Yoga for Pelvic Floor Health