Leona is a follower of Raja Yoga, a comprehensive system of development for mental discipline and spiritual liberation, for which Hatha Yoga serves as a preparatory practice. As a teacher, she provides instruction for different variations of Hatha Yoga, such as Classical Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Yin. Far more than just asanas, Leona believes that yoga truly offers a path towards self-love, empathy and liberation from many of this life’s miseries.
After a battle with post-partum depression and an unhealthy sedentary lifestyle, she discovered yoga in her early twenties when a studio opened up near her home. Her first experience with yoga was in 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. She discovered different asana variations and, step-by-step, made her way home to Vinyasa Yoga and Classical Hatha.
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 founded Bodhi Yoga Center in 2015 at age 25, for which her vision was to create a safe and sustainable community by harnessing the power of yoga to bring people in harmony with themselves and their surroundings.
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.
In 2018, she came back to Rishikesh in the Himalayas – known to be the birthplace of yoga – to advance her training in Classical Hatha Yoga.
Read her blog: http://yogaleona.com