My yoga studies began in 2000 at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA under Spiritual head Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD, the successor to Swami Rama. I lived, worked, and studied there for 2 months. Since then I have practiced with many illuminating teachers completing over 1000 hours of Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training and Continuing Ed. I consider myself to be a life-long student of the great spiritual tradition of yoga and continue my education and practice daily.
I have been teaching yoga full-time in the SF/Bay Area since 2010, and am currently teaching in person at YogaKula Berkeley and Green Yogi Berkeley. I also offer audio yoga and meditation classes on the online platform Patreon.
I am thrilled to lead since 2015, an annual Happiness Yoga Retreat to Xinalani, Mexico.
In the past, I have had the honor of teaching at Castro Room, Firefly Yoga Studio, Yoga Tree, Nest Yoga, Academy of Art University, International Orange, Glow Yoga & Wellness, Urban Flow, Zazen, Flying Yoga, You & the Mat, Esalen, Craigslist, Ubisoft, Tishman Speyer, and privately.
I have been honored to serve on the Yoga Tree Teacher Training Faculty, Spring 2019 and Spring 2020. Most recently, I have served as a Guest Teacher in Laura Burkhart Yoga Teacher Training, 2022 and 2023.
I am very thankful to my teachers, students, colleagues, friends, and family for their support of my yoga love... With Love, Leila
"Having tried yoga classes with over a dozen instructors, not often can I say I feel a real connection with the energy of the instructor and my practice. Leila is an exception! She's warm, inspiring, and very knowledgeable. To me, an indicator of a great class is that it feels like it flew by, and you find yourself resting in Savasana. That's exactly the case with Leila! Enjoy!"