Leia Layus

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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…

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To reconnect with my inner self, found ground through the movement of my body and breath. Awake. Jane

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We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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