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NEW!

Podcast: Vinyasa In Verse!

The podcast where we connect mind, body, and spirit through poetry and practice. Together we’ll explore different ways of connecting with our innermost selves and how to tap into the flow of the universe because once that happens, *anything* is possible!

Listen here on iTunes/Apple Podcasts:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/viinyasa-in-verse/id1497436520

You can find it on Spotify, SoundCloud, and everywhere else you get your podcasts!

Open Your Heart:
a 40-day meditation program

As the flurry of New Year’s sparkle starts to die down, what is left? If we look around, really look, what do we see? What do we notice? In this special year of 2020, can we do something different or unexpected? Can we make a small change towards a life in which we want to thrive rather than simply survive?

What if you chose meditation as that different “something”? What if you chose to put yourself first for just a few minutes when you first wake up? What if you spent those few minutes simply being with yourself, getting to know yourself, learning how to accept and ultimately love yourself? (Yes! It IS possible!!) Imagine what secret beauty you might find there! What gifts and blessings await you!

On January 24th, during the new moon –a potent time for new beginnings!– I am offering the next round of my 40-day meditation program. This one will focus on the heart, on building trust, and on encouraging the heart to soften and open to all possibilities that the universe has waiting for you!

If you are a total beginner, fret not, my friend! This is a gentle class designed for both beginners and seasoned practitioners alike. We work through the program in small increments, building our meditation practice gradually over the 40 days. If you are someone who meditates regularly, this practice will not be like anything you expect! Questions? Complete the contact form or email me! leslieannyoga (at) gmail (dot) com

Otherwise, REGISTER TODAY! If you find yourself making excuses (“I don’t have time” “I need to take care of XYZ first”), step back and notice that. Then ask yourself: who and what am I putting first? Does this serve my highest good? Does it help me in my life’s purpose? Do I even know what my purpose is? (Hint: the answers are often found in meditation. 😉 ) Remember: put your own oxygen mask on first, before helping others. When you say Yes to others, that equals a No to you.  When will you start saying Yes to yourself?

Click below to sign up today! Stay tuned for the next round of the 40-day practice, kicking off March 24th!

Where to Find Me

Vinyasa Yoga

Wednesday mornings @ 9-10:15am
Lotus Mind & Body
20 Claremont Road
Bernardsville, NJ
$20 drop-in fee
(other rates available – check website for details)

Roots (basic) Yoga

Wednesday mornings @ 11am-12pm
Honor Yoga
9 Mount Bethel Rd
Warren, NJ

Hatha / Vinyasa Yoga

Sunday mornings @ 9-10am
Crunch Fitness
17 King George Road
Green Brook, NJ

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About

Leslieann-0099

Official Bio

aka Surya Gian Kaur. Meaning: Lioness of the Lord whose wisdom shines like the brilliant radiance of the sun.

Creative. Spiritual. Spunky. These are the qualities Leslieann brings to her classes as she guides students through asanas that strive to connect mind, body, and spirit. With an open heart, kind words, and a little silliness, she works to create a safe space that nurtures and heals. She teaches Vinaysa classes that unite breath with movement and Kundalini classes that take it a step further by incorporating sound and chanting. Her pranayama and meditation classes create moments of awareness to allow for stillness from within.

A poet all her life and a yoga practitioner since 2003, Leslieann has come to discover that creative writing and the practice of yoga are inextricably linked: both create and sustain deep connections to the spiritual Self. Calling on mystic poets, Rumi and Hafiz, she aspires to share this gift with her students both on and off the mat.

Leslieann is grateful for this path that yoga has taken her thus far and is indebted to her teachers: Shannon Elliott, Jane Lindemann, and Gabi Perrotti. She earned her 200-hr teacher training at Onyx Yoga Studio in Warren, NJ. She also completed her certification in Kundalini Yoga, training with Mahan Rishi Singh Khalsa and Nirbhe Kaur Khalsa. A Yoga Alliance-registered teacher, she is certified in healing and recovery yoga from Kula for Karma in Franklin Lakes, NJ. In January 2019, she received her 300-hr advanced teacher training certification from Supersoul’s India teacher training, lead by Raghunath Cappo. Recently, she completed her 50-hour training in sound meditation with Denise Mihalik of Sound Awakenings.

 

How I Came to Yoga

My first yoga class was in Manhattan at some gym in the late 90s, my fitness era of step, spin classes, and boxing (yes, boxing). I heard about how amazing yoga was and thought: yes, stretching would be a good balance to my hardcore workouts. So I checked it out. It was awful. I think I hurt myself in some pose I was neither ready for nor understood. You want me to put my foot where? You want my back to do what?I decided right then and there: I hated yoga. A few years later, I moved to Santa Cruz, CA for grad school and my housemate would go on and on about how yoga was the best thing ever. I finally agreed to go to a class with her, but got confused. This wasn’t the bendy yoga I expected; it was meditative with a slow progression of poses. I nearly fell asleep! This only confirmed that yoga was definitely not my thing.

Then in 2003, that all changed. I had just moved into a new house, found myself between jobs, and knew no one. I felt so isolated. Something inside told me to try yoga again. So I reluctantly ventured over to the local Y and found myself in a class that felt different. This was my first encounter with what I now feel to be the true nature of yoga: a practice in which you connect with your inner self. The teacher lit incense and struck a chime to begin the class. She invited us to go within. I always felt fantastic after class, but never really knew why. All I knew was I started to feel at home. Not just in my actual house and in this new town, but the home within me. The only other time I would feel this way was when I was writing. I was so happy to find other ways to be at home.

Around the same time, I started a spiritual inquiry with my friend, Erika, who lived in Oakland. We would talk every week about a book we had chosen to consider our spirituality. We started with Louise Hay’s I Can Do It. Positive affirmations seemed manageable — we became aware of our self-talk. Then, it was Ask and It Is Given. Our weekly conversations were so good that we just kept going. I was hungry for some kind of spiritual connection, but didn’t realize it until I had embarked on this path. There was that missing “something” but I couldn’t put my finger on it. It didn’t occur to me until years later that the work I did with Erika was connected with my yoga asana practice. I didn’t realize that the two were one and the same.

Fast forward to spring of 2016 where I’m living in a different house with three kids and a dog. I was again looking for something. I didn’t know what, but I sensed that I needed to take my yoga and spiritual practices to a deeper level.  I thought teacher training might help. But which program? That’s when I took my first class with Shannon Elliott –Kundalini yoga, no less!—to meet her and talk with her about YTT at Onyx Yoga Studio. That first experience with Kundalini changed me in radical ways that have put me on the path I’m on now. Teacher training continued to change me as I sought out ways to deepen my understanding and experience of yoga and spirituality. I didn’t plan on actually teaching. And now here I am, teaching vinyasa yoga, yoga for healing & recovery, and pranayama & meditation classes. Here I am combining my practices of writing poetry and meditation into workshops. Here I am, having completed my certification in Kundalini yoga. Here I am curious about Yin yoga and sound healing. Here I am seeking to open and expand my connection with my inner Self, that divine light so that I can share this love and joy by encouraging others to rediscover and connect with own inner divine light. And I could only do this with the teachers that have come into my life at the most auspicious times. I am ever grateful. (July 2018)

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Contact

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