Leia was a practicing medical doctor for years specializing in Women’s health issues. But she always felt there was something missing in Western Medicine and wanting to give more treatment options to her patients she studied various complementary therapies such as many styles of yoga, Reiki, Meditation and auriculotherapy. She advised many of her patients who were suffering from anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, excessive stress, and back issues to try yoga and was impressed but not at all surprised by the positive outcomes. She thus started her new journey and became certified in Beginner and Intermediate Interdisciplinary Yoga at The Omega Institute in 2002 and completed another 200-hour LifePower Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training in 2011 at Lifetime and is presently completing her 300 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training at Absolute Yoga In Woodbury, NY. While she was pregnant she studied prenatal/postnatal yoga from Mary Barnes in New York City. Once she had her first bundle of joy she knew she also wanted to bring the gift of yoga to children so she became certified through YogaKids International and baby/toddler yoga from Itsy Bitsy Yoga and has taught many classes in her studio in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
Syosset, NY, USAharikleia@verizon.net