Leah, a certified Yoga Instructor and Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor describes yoga as a "natural and essential component" of her humanity, a practice that is “beautiful and effective because it taps us into our parasympathetic nervous systems and allows us to rest, reset, heal and digest to feel calm and nourished.”
Leah teaches weekly classes to health care providers at Washington’s top Cancer Care Hospital, is serving as a faculty member for a CME (continuing medical education) course of Seattle’s Virginia Mason Hospital, and has also lead mindful yin classes at the University of Washington Mindfulness Project. In her classes she encourages students to find connection to their inner wisdom, healing, creativity and joy. She believes that every choice, every day, in every way, can add restored vitality and mind-body balance into our lives. Leah has spent fifteen years working in fashion, advertising and yoga retail as a stylist, buyer, sales representative & model for companies including Volkswagen, Evian, Crest, Chanel, Semperviva Yoga, Pyrrha, hauteyoga and A Peace Treaty. As a stylist Leah spent years lugging around heavy items. After one too many an instance of carrying dozens of boxes of shoes all at once, she began yearning to be kinder and gentler with herself. As Leah started to explore the relationship between yoga and her other creative passions, yoga resonated with her and became a practice she began to cherish deeply and implement into her lifestyle with devotion.
Leah is a passionate student of Ayurveda and is a certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor and has completed a NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) approved course of study. She incorporates this as well as Meditation, Chinese Medicine Meridian Theory, Western Science, and Nature into her teaching, bringing her love of yoga and her ever-growing knowledge of it to share with others.
Leah, has had a dedicated yoga practice since 2010 and has been a registered teacher since 2013. She has taken Yoga, Ayurveda and Bodywork training courses with Master Teachers including Yin Yoga teacher trainings with Bernie Clark and in residence Yin/Insight Yoga training with Sarah Powers. Through her study and practice of yoga and Ayurveda, across three continents she’s learned that living in alignment with nature is the ultimate form of self-care.
Claudette Evans, E-RYT 500 is a long-time student of yoga, a lifelong learner, an experienced educator, yoga studio manager and small business owner. She is passionate about the study and practice of yoga, as well as the training and mentoring of its teachers, and strives to give emerging yoga teachers the tools they need to give their best to enhance their students’ experience. In her weekly classes, she invites curious and seasoned practitioners toward an experience of greater strength, sensitivity, freedom, skillfulness, and wisdom, so that they can cultivate greater connection in their lives. Claudette's classes create space for self-expression through body and voice, cultivate a clarity of focus, and foster a joy of movement.
I incorporate movement and body awareness into therapy. This combination of talk therapy and movement therapy works because research has shown that the body holds onto past trauma, negative beliefs, and emotional and behavioral patterns. At times these cannot be addressed by talk therapy alone. The inclusion of movement might include breathwork, seated movement, or movement around the room. You get to decide whether and how movement is included in your sessions.
Ultimately, I believe in listening to your story with acceptance and compassion to co-create a space that facilitates learning, growth, and self-discovery.