Leilah has been a dedicated practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga in the tradition of Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois for 15 years, and has been teaching yoga around the world for over a decade. After being introduced to the lineage in Colorado by Certified teacher Annie Pace in 2004, Leilah soon traveled to Mysore, India to practice with Guruji Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and continues to practice regularly in Mysore at Sharath Yoga Center with Paramaguru Sharath Jois.
Leilah has had the privilege of studying extensively with several of the foremost Ashtanga teachers in the lineage. During her five seasons as a plant-based chef as part of the team at Purple Valley Yoga Center, in Goa, India, she had the unique opportunity to learn from such highly-regarded senior teachers including Petri Raisanen, Sharmila Desai, Dena Kingsberg, John Scott, Ty Landrum, Mark Robberds, Laruga Glaser, Kino MacGregor, David Robson, Maty Ezraty, Chuck Miller, Nancy Gilgoff, and many others. While living at Purple Valley retreat she attended daily Mysore practice as well as afternoon workshops covering such topics as pranayama, meditation, philosophy, chanting, and hands-on adjustments.
Leilah has completed several hundred hours of teacher training. In 2016 she completed a month-long Teachers' Intensive (200hr) with Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor, in Boulder CO. In 2018 she completed a month-long (200hr) Teachers' Retreat with Joey Miles and Rachel Woolhouse in Goa, India. In 2007 she attended a Primary Series teacher training with Tim Miller in Tulum, Mexico. She has also assisted her teacher Petri Raisanen on multiple occasions.
While teaching, Leilah aims to be authentic without being dogmatic. She seeks to serve individual students by personalizing instruction to suit their needs and to be both encouraging and compassionate. Firm, yet gentle, Leilah holds a meditative space for a practice that is invigorating yet deeply calming and transformative.