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leanne natkaniec

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Taking you further in your yoga quest

'Yoga succeeds by these six: enthusiasm, openness, courage, knowledge of the truth, determination and solitude'

- Hathapradipika 1,16

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'Authentic teachings made relevant for you,

the modern student'

The Teacher

 As your teacher you will find Leanne passionate and enthusiastic to help you on your personal journey, yet calm and caring in her approach.  She constantly seeks to find the balance between teaching yoga postures and providing enough insight into the true path of yoga beyond.  Learned knowledge and personal experience must come together for the spiritual practise to take roots and truly have meaning.

 

Leanne is qualified to teach Ashtanga Vinyasa, Power and Yin yoga styles and her teaching style is rooted  in  the Astanga or Eight- Limbed yoga philosophy method, her own personal practise, yoga scriptures, breathing and meditation techniques.  Whether a dynamic or restful class style Leanne wants you to understand and feel for yourself the spiritual process of unlearning, releasing, trusting and letting go to attain, even if it is just a glimpse, of the natural liberated state within all of us.  Yoga is not a state of mind or body, but consciousness or being.

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Practise tips, advice and discussions on Leanne's Youtube channel or check out her Instagram IGTV 

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"Leanne is a wonderful yoga teacher.  She combines her vast knowledge with the soothing but confident tone needed to both relax her students and enable them to get the best out of every session."

 

-Debbie

Contact Leanne and find out how she can help YOU on your very own yoga journey 

Practise with Leanne from the comfort of your own home with online sessions! Simply email info@leannenatkaniecyoga.com to discuss your unique personal situation.  Rates are flexible for those in need.

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The Practitioner

Leanne is a mostly self- taught home practitioner of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga but she embraces other useful practises and styles with teachers who she trusts.  She also meditates daily using the Vipassana technique.  Through the years the relationship that Leanne has had with the practise has gone through many different phases and brought up many changes and transformations, not physically, that too, but emotionally and spiritually.

 

She says,

"the yoga process works from outside in and then from inside out, gradually changing the behaviour and mental habits of the practitioner. The set practise spotlights parts of us and makes things surface for observation and analysis, which afterwards become identified, cleared away or dismissed... This learning to observe then let go means we come to understand that everything in nature including ourselves, is in flux, we cannot hold on to fear or happiness, we are beyond them .   Things like the constant change of emotions, reactions, ingrained thought cycles, judgments or desires we chase or expectations we seek to fulfill. We watch emotions instead of becoming them.  All of this is learned through the practise of the sets of yoga postures and our ability to find the way to tackle them patiently, kindly and graciously which is  a process that needs time, dedication and consistency.  Truly yoga is a process that seems to have an unfathomable depth!   What we are really working with is not the body, but the mind within; the body and the postures are just the physical work, the tools, playground, the scene, the way to grasp it, and from the first breath they command us to pay attention, be, and remain in the present moment and focus, which narrows down the variable of life to a yoga mat and all of the happenings there, much of it being internal or unseen. Once we have control of ego, mind, breath and body we reach the deeper levels of the heart and Spirit and then the whole process of the awakening becomes unveiled"

 

And so through his practise Leanne came to be steadier, calmer and kinder towards herself, others and the world we all share.  Yoga will teach you to see the world from a clearer, truer perspective  if you let it; away from your everyday mind and to the view point of the Self where everything is seen clearly for what it is and in this way the world becomes easier to navigate and much much more beautiful!  We appreciate life!

 

As a lone practitioner Leanne's practise has evolved alongside serious study and research into the method and it's techniques and she closely follows the work of her fellows and elders for inspiration, support and general spiritual guidance. Of these teachers the work of David Garrigues is her biggest influence and guide, through his work she became passionate about the energetic dynamism, the subtle energetic work and the philosophical and tantric works that illustrate this and the divinity of this great practise.

Recently her personal practise has evolved into a phase of softness and deep listening and nurturing.  In a hard, unstable and restricted modern world she found refuge and comfort in a more personal and tender practise. Releasing herself from expectations both set by herself and the tradition she has come to feel the quality of peace and yoga at the level of the heart and no longer has a rigid or linear approach to the physical practise. 

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The Yoga Student

(and the Ashtanga Geek)

As well as her research into the Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga techniques Leanne is always immersed in a much broader yogic study too through classic and modern scriptures, texts, teachers and scholars.  She has a passion for study of yoga philosophy, the early metaphysical yogic body, hatha yoga techniques and the course of evolution of our modern Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga practises.   She will  also seek out those teachings from modern day Ashtanga teachers and elders in order to refine her own technique and make the practise safer, more sustainable and enjoyable for all!

Recent studies with teachers/ scholars:​

-Skills of Ancient India: Shared Physical Modalities in Hindu Wrestling, Martial Arts, and Yoga with Riki Warren and Eddie Stern

-Mysore Foundations Course with David Garrigues

-Ashtanga Yoga Workshop Series with Harmony Slater 

-The Hathabhyasapaddhati , A precursor to modern yoga with Jason Birch and Jacqueline Hargreaves @The Iluminescent

-The HathaPradipika with Seth Powell @Yogic Studies

Second Half of Second Series Workshop with David Garrigues

Recent Self Study:

-Raja Yoga, Conquering the internal nature, Swami Vivekananda

-The Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga, Srivatsa Ramaswami

-Paths to God, Living the Bhagavad Gita, Ram Dass

-Roots of Yoga, James Mallinson and Mark Singelton

-The Yoga Matrix, with Richard Freeman

-Yoga Makaranda, Sri T.Krishnamacharya

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the truth maker

 

What good is practise and study without contemplation and integration?!

Leanne muses and questions as she continues to discover the ways of yoga through experience and study, as is the self- enquiry nature of any spiritual practise.  She has found that writing, discussing and journaling has helped her to clarify and consolidate the experiences and knowledge so that they make sense within herself and within her role as a human being and a yoga teacher in this modern world.  These words naturally pour into notebooks, blogs, videos, social media and poems...

 

Go to the Ashtanga Geek Blog to read articles, diary entries, notebook pages and poems. Or even choose audio or video blogs on Soundcloud and Youtube

 

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Don't forget to also check out Leanne's IGTV Catalogue on Instagram for post practise musings , mini philosophy talks and discussions about yoga in the modern world

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insights

questions

internal

battle

changing perspectives

despair

joy

reality

perception truth

raja

hatha

ashtanga

philosophy

technique

wisdom

faith

samadhi

samsara

why

values

heart

spirit 

human

consciousness

journey

within

unfolding

"The world needs people like you, the ones that doubt and tell their students that they're doubting, struggling, questioning.  Cause that is the real thing.  That is the real life.  And that is also the real yoga"

 

-Margaux

'After so much self- discipline, sacrifice and arduous mental mountain climbing  to achieve success in yoga, the modern yogi must be braver still! She must make herself vulnerable to fully experience life again!   The self- mastery of yoga puts her in the eye of the swirling storm of prakriti, but where is the sense of willfully remaining apart and withdrawn when this yoga love and wisdom shines out of her? 

 

What good is the yoga if bound up and locked away like a box of jewels or a great secret?  And so she flings open again the gates of her body and the senses of her mind to experience this world that is out of her control and always will be.  For she is alive and is here to serve!
 

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I feel like I have come full circle and I am back where I started, or so it appears on the outside, only my eyes, my perception and my soul feel different.  I look the same but i have this feeling of not quite knowing who i am anymore, but within me there is this electric current of excitement.  I want to talk about this unexpected new turn in my yoga path, or should i call it a circle, or a sphere?! I know I sound like I am talking in riddles but that’s how it feels! Somehow I have stumbled into a new ‘layer’ or ‘depth’ of understanding reality and all here is not as it seems, I am pretty sure that I am facing my first hesitant and brave steps into Seventh Series!    I am wary and alert like a lost thing in a new planet but i am somehow tingling with a freshness and interest in life, an exuberance that I haven’t felt in years! I feel a great change here, let me explain….'

Excerpt from ' Suffering to Samadhi and back again'

The powers are plenty

Overcome Idleness

Tamper down Ego

Seduce your senses

Sharpen your mind

Hone your awareness

and Magnify!

 

The stick that stirs

The bath plug

The eye of the storm

The deepest ocean

and the darkest cave

Bedrock of the subtle

Magnificent as the sun

Magnetic field

 

Something hidden

and unbelievably great

So hidden and intangible

Yet fully reachable to the relentless

Communicate and control

To revel in wisdom and grace

And quiet superpower

'MULABANDHA'

A poem inspired by verses of the Hathapradipika

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'Salutations to Shiva who taught the science of Hatha Yoga.  It is the aspirants stairway that shines forth unto the lofty peaks of Raja Yoga''

- Hathapradipika 1.1

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Contact Leanne and find out how she can help YOU on your very own yoga journey 

Practise with Leanne from the comfort of your own home wherever you are in the world with online sessions! Simply email info@leannenatkaniecyoga.com to discuss your unique personal situation.  Rates are flexible for those in need.

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