Leona is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 200) from the Philippines. She founded Bodhi Yoga Center in 2015 at age 25. Her vision is to create a safe and sustainable community by harnessing the power of yoga to bring people in harmony with themselves and their surroundings.
Leona studied Marketing Management in De La Salle University – Manila. After graduation, she dabbled into the business world in her early twenties. After a battle with post-partum depression and an unhealthy sedentary lifestyle, she discovered yoga when a studio opened up nearby. Her first experience with yoga was with the Ashtanga tradition.
Her yoga practice has slowly and gradually evolved from a physical endeavor into something more of a spiritual journey. She found herself sharing more about her practice to anyone who cared to listen. In early 2014, she enrolled herself in an in-house yoga teacher training program in her local studio to learn more about the practice itself. Little did she know that she was already setting herself up for a lifelong journey as a yoga teacher. In her quest for deeper understanding of the practice, she traveled to India where she took her 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh.
She found the need for more yoga service providers in her hometown. That following year, she founder her yoga center in General Santos City.
Throughout the years, she signed up for yoga classes and learned many styles from different studios and teachers all over the world. She began to explore different methods of meditation and found comfort in the Vipassana tradition, the art of seeing things as they are.
Not only had yoga and meditation given her a sense of purpose, it was also through her practice that her perspectives in life changed. She finally learned to be more open and accepting of the present circumstances. She found a deeper meaning in life by sharing her practice and seeing how other people improve their lives through yoga. She advocates spreading the awareness of the benefits of yoga.
Read her blog: http://yogaleona.com.