Instructor / Founder
Evalena Leedy. E-RYT-200, YACEP, IAYT is the founder of YogaSole. She has been teaching and leading the YogaSole Community since 2008. Studied with Schuyler Grant of The Kula Yoga Project and completed her initial Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga Works, NYC. Evalena has been practicing zazen meditation since 2009. Evalena continues to practice and study meditation with Genno Linda King of the Zen Studies Society. During a very challenging time in her personal life, Evalena began her exploration of the practice while hiking in the rainforest of Costa Rica. The trip was life-changing. She was in search of answers to those big life questions: Who am I? What is my purpose? What is holding me back? Experiencing the profound beauty of nature and the simultaneous joy and suffering of the human condition the answers seemed near. She vowed (or better said, was directed) to study to find the path to freedom. Almost immediately her teachers appeared and the exploration lead her directly to her yoga mat and to zazen meditation. Evalena is known for her enthusiastic authentic, non-judgmental teaching style and compassion-centered philosophy. Devoting herself to continuous philosophical education from various ancient texts, practices, and meditations, Evalena weaves thought-provoking meditations throughout her classes, applying ancient wisdom to our contemporary western world in a useful and understandable way. She encourages the growth of the physical, emotional, and spiritual self, celebrating the interconnectedness to each other, to the world, and to the universe. Teaching and sharing the practice of yoga is her undeniable passion. Creating and cultivating community is her mission. Giving back is her duty and the heart of the practice. YogaSole holds many fundraising events for local causes and beyond. Evalena is a member of the board of directors for the White Hawk Foundation whose mission is to conserve and preserve the rainforest on the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. YogaSole had raised over $100,000 for organizations like the White Hawk Foundation, the Breast Cancer Research Fund, and many other local charities. She is blessed to be practicing and teaching yoga privately and to groups. She leads workshops, retreats, and trainings as her life’s work. Evalena looks forward to practicing with you soon.
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