Leona Dinopol, E-RYT
Lead trainer of 200 hour yoga teacher training & founder of Bodhi Yoga Center
~ Early Start ~
Leona is a Registered Yoga Teacher from the Philippines. Groomed by her parents to become an entrepreneur, she 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.
~Career as a Yoga Teacher ~
She initially took up yoga as a hobby that slowly evolved to become her passion. She found herself sharing more about her practice to anyone who cared to listen. In her quest for deeper understanding of the practice, she traveled to India where she took her Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh. That following year, she founder her yoga center in her Philippine hometown, General Santos City. 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.
~ Deeper Meaning ~
Her yoga practice has slowly and gradually evolved from a physical endeavor into something more of a spiritual journey. 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 have 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.
“Yoga is a way of life. It’s not just a fitness program. It’s the whole nine yards. With how I understand it, it’s completely surrendering to something bigger than yourself. It is adhering to the laws of this land in order to coexist with other beings in perfect harmony. It’s being aware of our thoughts, words, and actions at all times to ensure we do not hurt ourselves and others. It’s taking care of our physical being, knowing that the body is the instrument to reach our own divinities. It’s not giving in to temptations of greed and indolence. It’s focusing our mind to achieve our goals. It’s directing our energies into great and positive things.” ~Leona Dinopol
For More Info. https://yogaleona.com
Hello, I’m Leona and I’m a yoga teacher and studio owner. I now teach Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin Yoga at Bodhi Yoga Center, General Santos City, Philippines.