Leslie has been practicing yoga since 2004 when she first moved to northern California, primarily vinyasa and ashtanga. She became a serious practitioner after the birth of her first child five years ago. She enjoys teaching powerful vinyasa flows, cued with proper alignment for strength and mobility building, all with a light and loving energy in the room.
Her background, like many in Silicon Valley, begins with the mind. She received her PhD in Marine Ecology at UC Santa Cruz in 2011. Her approach to yoga is trying to drop the awareness of the mind into the body, since her default is usually mind-driven: analytical, thorough, and concise. This translates directly into her yoga teaching style. Yoga allows the opportunity to integrate the mind and the body, attempting to turn your mind off from your constant inner thoughts. Her yoga style aims to move bodies in fun and exciting ways, pushing you into new postures previously thought impossible for you. Leslie has a passion for flowing and breathing in unison.
Leslie became RYT200 certified through Jennifer Prugh’s Joy of Yoga program in early 2017, and is currently enrolled in her 500 hour. Studying under Jennifer for all these years has taught her that yoga creates space for joy, and a love for life to emerge.
Leslie currently resides in San Jose with her husband, two daughters, and two fluff balls. She supports and volunteers for foundations that protect and conserve the ocean, such as The Marine Mammal Center and The Nature Conservancy.