Leslie Hopkins

Toronto, ON

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The human body and movement have been a central force in Leslie’s life since she was a child, both in personal and academic pursuits. She began teaching Pilates over ten years ago after completing an intensive, year long training at Stott Pilates. Since then, she has completed specialized trainings at Body Harmonics in Pre/Post Natal Pilates, Post Rehabilitation Protocols for Knee/Hip/Shoulder and Gait Analysis Training.
Leslie graduated from the YogaSpace teacher training program in 2006 and furthered her Yoga education with trainings in Yoga for Children and Yoga for People with Special Needs. While training at Yogaspace she was recruited as an exercise consultant for Physio Plus, a Physiotherapy clinic that operated out of the studio and has since moved to a private location. She has continued her work there for the past 7 years, teaching patients healthy and efficient movement technique and providing safe and preventative exercises in a rehabilitative setting.
After a year at the Physiotherapy clinic, Leslie enrolled in a 2 year intensive physiotherapy program that would enable her to work directly alongside physiotherapists and Osteopaths. Here she gained an in depth knowledge of human anatomy, musculoskeletal conditions, neurological rehabilitation and cardio respiratory rehab. Since graduating, she has been applying her unique skill set in hospitals, outpatient clinics and adult day centres providing individuals in traditional clinical settings with a multifaceted, holistic approach to healing. She is currently practicing in a Pre-School for children with special needs.
Leslie created and taught her first Pilates Teacher Training 4 years ago with graduates successfully teaching throughout the Toronto area since. She has also been on the Yogaspace Teacher Training Faculty for the past 4 years. Her experience and expertise as a movement therapist and educator combined with her easy going teaching style provide her with the ability to do what she loves most with an ease and joy that is infectious.
Leslie is passionate about the physical and mental benefits of both practicing and teaching Yoga and Pilates and tries to translate that joy through each class and training she leads.


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