‘Use all your power to free the senses from attachment and aversion alike,
and live in the wisdom of the self’ -Bhagavad Gita
Leanne's home, Plymouth, Devon.
Becoming a yogi...
Yoga began as an almost obsessive Ashtanga practise in her parent's home in Plymouth, where there was only space in the bedroom for a bed and a yoga mat! Of course it was an exciting new discovery that felt amazing, she loved the thrill and the challenge, but it was not too long before she realised she needed to research and investigate what she was doing on that mat as things started to arise... sore this, sore that....
Then came a period of obsessive study, Leanne is not someone to do things by halves, and Ashtanga became a huge part of her life, perhaps it was taking over her life... Through the years she fell in and out of love with Ashtanga, they tested each other over and over, split up, then they came to a mutual agreement and everything changed. She says the practise still naturally waxes and wanes, and changes with her own growth and wisdom. Now, the early haste and zeal has disappeared and she is enjoying a wiser, more respectful approach to the yoga and her relationship with it.
She says when you slow down, you notice more, and that is essentially one of the greatest teachings, paying attention. To become aware is to observe and seek calm amongst the tides of the ups and downs of emotion, reaction and the outside world, instead of blindly being ruled by them. It is self control in the present moment. Yoga made a positive impact on her daily life as she gently slipped into the ways of living like a yogi and not just doing the yoga on the mat. Friends remark how she is like a different person to before. She says it is because yoga is a combination of health and purpose and that creates inner peace.... Taking better care of her time, her body and her world she was able to manage energy and emotions better, with more grace. She says her perspective on life is always new and exciting, for after thirty years of never really knowing what she was doing, despite having many interests and skills, she finally has something that she fully believes in and that thing is a passion, a lifestyle, a teaching, a purpose, a universal way of helping others and the world around her, and it is so vast that studying it is endless, inexhaustible! In the words of one of her favourite teachers 'Yoga is like waking up when you didn't realise you were asleep'.
The yoga city..
Leanne is not a city girl at heart, and certainly nomad- like, but has settled in a neighbourhood of North London where she has built solid relationships with studios and developed a loyal student following and feels a welcome part of the community of fellow yogis and teachers. She says she has to be in London, this is where the teachers are, this is where the yoga is taking root and becoming a part of people's lives. She says perhaps it is because people have such fast and full lives here, perhaps they seek an antidote and yoga is a part of this 'waking up' to a mindful revolution. London is exhilarating and exciting and many opportunities can be found here. She now has created a foundation on which to begin to teach her own independent workshops.
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 email@example.com to discuss your unique personal situation. Rates are flexible for those in need.