Leia Layus


About The Teacher

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, I had become emotionally & physically depleted. The studio became a place of spaciousness within my urban environment. My aim was simple: I returned to my mat day after day because it helped me feel better. I’ve continued to listen to that feeling.  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 led my studies the following year toward YogaWorks with teachers: Erika Trice & Lakshmi Angela Norwood. After meeting at the YogaWorks training, I began a one-on-one Mentorship with Stacie Overby  exploring mindfulness practice through meditation, breath work, somatic awareness and guided self-inquiry. While in San Francisco, I had the opportunity to regularly teach at Moxie Yoga & Fitness, where I refined my teaching skills of an Ashtanga influenced Vinyasa practice under the guidance from the studio owner Mark Rausa .

I currently live and teach yoga in Taos, New Mexico- a beautiful place, of high desert and mountains which invites both deep contemplation and play. Presently, I am studying with Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, NM with Master Teacher Tias Little & Surya Little allowing me to cultivate a language of yoga that articulates the body in asana & pranayama while weaving in the exploration & study of sutras, poetry, myth, and chanting. I also continue my studies of the Yoga Sutra with Chase Bossartof The Yoga Well Institute, in the lineage of Sri T. Krishnamacharya as passed on to his son Mr. TKV Desikachar.

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