Leia Layus

San Francisco, CA
United States

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The word yoga, from the Sanskrit word 'yuj"' means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as "union" or a method of discipline. In the beginning, my search for this connectedness was unconscious. Shortly after leaving Los Angeles for San Francisco, I happened upon a donation based yoga class. I continued to practice as a means to balance the busy lifestyle that often coincides with city living. Between my personal life, creative pursuits, and work- the studio became a place of spaciousness within my urban environment. As my passion for yoga grew, the practice became more consistent and fruitful. I discovered that overtime, yoga reconnected me to my body, deepened my awareness, improved my relationships, and allowed me to discover the spaciousness within myself. Choose a way in- each path leads to the state of yoga.

I began my practice at Yoga to the People in the Mission District of San Francisco. Inspired by teacher, Yancy Scot Schwartz, I practiced at YTTP for several years . Guided by my pull to 'dive deeper' I later graduated from the their Vinyasa training and began teaching at YTTP. My enthusiasm for yoga guided my studies the following year toward YogaWorks with Master Teachers: Erika Trice & Lakshmi Angela Norwood. After meeting in the teacher training, I began a one-on-one Mentorship with Stacie Overby exploring mindfulness practice through meditation, breath work, somatic awareness and guided self-inquiry. Stacie has guided me to a teacher of hers, Chase Bossart of The Yoga Well Institute, with whom I currently study the Yoga Sutras. As a teacher at Moxie Yoga & Fitness, I refine my teaching skills with guidance from Mark Rausa .

I've been teaching at Moxie Yoga & Fitness since they opened their doors in the Mission District of San Francisco. I later helped Moxie open their second location in Nob Hill where I currently hold classes. My Ashtanga inspired vinyasa classes are energizing sequences that emphasize breath, safe alignment, and graceful movement. The classes allow the Beginner through Advanced student a balanced & challenging physical practice. My intention is to hold space for students to reconnect to themselves and discover inspiration within the practice.

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