Leah Nicole Tisdale
Leah discovered yoga at the age of 17, after competitive snowboarding and playing ice hockey for years left her body feeling less than ideal. She studied with many teachers, initially focused on Ashtanga Yoga and Mysore practice, later shifting to deeper study in the Anusara, and Iyengar lineages. Teaching and practicing yoga for 14 years, Leah has watched her body, mind and spirit transform and blossom before her eyes. Although, it still took three years of rigorous asana practice before she could touch her toes in a forward fold! Practice not perfection clearly became her mantra.
Having lived in Boulder, Colorado and Brooklyn, New York before moving to Sayulita, Leah grew up in Vancouver, B.C, Canada. She studied writing, psychology and dance at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, and is an avid surfer, paddle boarder and salsa dancer. While in Colorado, Leah danced for many years with a West African dance troupe, and snowboarded every weekend, to keep her connection with the Spirit of the Mountains strong. She currently lives in Sayulita and Vancouver, teaching SUP Yoga, SUP & Yoga in both places, though avoiding falling off the board in Canada as much as possible.
Currently a 500RYT (Yoga) and Paddle Canada Certified Advanced SUP Instructor, Leah pulls inspiration from many teachers who have crossed her path. Having studied with Doug and David Swenson, Richard Freeman, Reno Muenz, Gioia Irwin, Eoin Finn, Mike Nichols, Shiva Rea, Christine Price Clark, plus many more, Leah's journey on and off the yoga mat has been the best, and sometimes the worst, experience of her life.
The more challenging parts of her life brought her in contact with Poetry, as an art form and practice, and she maintained a popular Poetry blog for many years. Leah also interned as a writer with two major magazines in New York City, during her time living in Brooklyn. The flow of energy via the written word holds close to her heart, and she counts poets Essex Hemphill, Reinaldo Arenas and Jack Kerouac as teachers from the other side.
Her current gig of holding space for women in sacred retreat is in many ways her ideal "job". Being able to combine her love of dance, yoga, surfing and paddling, sharing with women from all over the world is a gift, both to give and receive, that she nurtures daily with Great Love and Respect.
With continual guidance from her ancestors, and all the teachers who have come before, Leah's primary Inspiration is to help others connect with their inner Wild Woman and the heart of Crazy Wisdom.
"What the rose whispers before blooming, I vow to you." Essex Hemphill