"Having tried yoga classes with over a dozen instructors, not often can I say I feel a real connection with the energy of the instructor and my practice. Leila is an exception! She's warm, inspiring, and very knowledgeable. To me, an indicator of a great class is that it feels like it flew by, and you find yourself resting in Savasana. That's exactly the case with Leila! Enjoy!" -Ksenia
My yoga studies began in 2000 at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA under Spiritual head Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD, the successor to Swami Rama. I lived, worked, and studied there for 2 months. I have been teaching yoga full-time since 2010, and have completed over 1000 hours of Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training and Continuing Ed, including a 500 hour Certification in Bhakti Flow with Rusty Wells. I participated in Stephanie Snyder's Yoga Teacher Training, and am currently studying with Richard Rosen, and completed over 200 hours towards SmartFLOW certification with Annie Carpenter. I continue to learn harmonium from the Divine Musician, Wah!, who is also my dear friend and mentor. For three years I taught yoga and helped to develop the Yoga Program at Academy of Art University, where I also made YOGA FOR ARTISTS VIDEOS. I have had the honor of teaching at Yoga to the People, International Orange, Glow Yoga & Wellness, Urban Flow, Zazen, Lululemon, Flying Yoga, You & the Mat, Craigslist, other corporate offices around San Francisco, and privately. Currently, I am teaching at Yoga Tree SF, Nest Yoga Oakland, Tishman Speyer, and Ubisoft. I support greatly the non-profit organization RISE Yoga for Youth in bringing yoga to the next generation in SF/Bay Area underserved schools by teaching at their annual Yogathon since 2014, and being an ambassador. I am thrilled to lead since 2015, an annual Happiness Yoga Retreat to Xinalani, Mexico... a beautiful eco-friendly resort off the coast of Puerto Vallarta.
I am very thankful to my teachers, students, colleagues, friends, and family for their support of my yoga passion...
With Love, Leila