My first experience doing hot yoga and it was amazing! I felt challenged, but the instructor made me feel comfortable when I need a break or assistance. Great experience and I look forward to the next session!
Born and raised in Kansas City, KS, Leanna first began practicing yoga and meditation in 2001 under the encouragement of her aunt Beth Hoenscheidt, a registered yoga and meditation instructor. Initially, Kriya yoga opened up a world of possibility for her to access freedom from depression and addictive behaviors present since childhood. When Beth sent her a Baron Baptiste VHS tape, she quickly became fascinated with the practice of asana. The physicality of Baron's style drew her into new ways of being, on and off the mat. After 6 years of self-guided study, Leanna decided to pursue her passion for yoga and take it to the hustle and bustle of New York City! Alongside a career in the hair industry, Leanna pursued teaching yoga and became a RYT200 in 2010. She has been influenced by her trainings with Baron Baptiste and Isauro Fernandez and inspired by the many teachers she has practiced with; especially Dharma Mittra, Paige Elenson of Africa Yoga Project, Bethany Lyons, and currently, her son Kade. She is a certified ki power vinyasa yoga instructor who has also completed two trainings in Thai massage with Ananda Apfelbaum. She continues to study with Baron Baptiste and has completed Level 1, Level 2, Art of Assisting and Advanced Art of Assisting. Leanna maintains a daily home practice, and invites her students to give back to the Earth by opening up to the life force within us all, which is love. She leads a powerful, challenging vinyasa, a moving meditation, which is centered on heart opening and core strengthening, offering assists and modifications for any student willing to lead with the courage of heart.
Peace is not the absence of violence. It is the manifestation of human compassion. –H.H. The XIV Dalai Lama