Leanna Immel

Santa Cruz, CA
United States

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Leanna (RYT-200) rediscovered her love of yoga in 2011 when she attended an Aerial Yoga class, incorporating the fluidity of dance with the disciplined art of yoga. After a couple of years 'in the air', she transitioned to the mat where she developed regularity in both flowing + stillness practices. As an elementary school teacher, Leanna wanted to further her yoga education so as to bring the teachings alive for her students. By attending the YogaKids Inc. Foundations Training, she has been able to provide a playful and nurturing practice to children in classroom, camp, and studio settings.

Upon seeing the transformation yoga was making in her personal life and the benefits it was bringing her students, Leanna pursued and completed the 200-hour Luma Yoga Teacher Training. Drawing inspiration from local and international yoga teachers such as Valerie Moselle, Matthew Remski, Jules Mitchell, Don & Amba Stapleton, Jenni Rawlings, Bo Forbes, Bridget Puchalsky and others, her classes are created with thoughtful intention and inclusivity.

Leanna's current interests include:

--making yoga practices sustainable and accessible

--emphasizing inquiry, discovery and dialogue

--encouraging the relationship between movement and breath

--cultivating awareness both on the mat and out in real life

--applying resilience-based techniques to enhance mental and emotional wellbeing

--bringing the tools of yoga, mindfulness and breathing to a broader audience

She is currently enrolled in Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy’s Level 2 Comprehensive Training, with an anticipated completion of December, 2019. She hopes to blend her love of yoga with the therapeutic world of psychology. Applications for grad school have been submitted!

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