Leslie Young has over 30 years of experience with various styles of yoga (Vijnana, Iyengar, Ashtanga, & Kundalini), including teaching in the Whistler/Pemberton area since 1991. Now based on Savary Island, B.C., she divides her time between the ocean and the mountains, balancing fluidity and stability in life and yoga. Leslie's style is rooted in alignment, precision, flow and deep connection to breath. Having practiced dynamic yoga for years, she also offers restorative and gentle practices that invite space and ease in the mind and body. Meditation - exploring the truth of the present moment and insight into our true nature - is the foundation her spiritual inquiry. With a background in education and a love of language and communication, Leslie's teaching is clear, down-to-earth and creative. A gifted bodyworker with experience in spas, she offers traditional Swedish and deep massage. Leslie has chosen a life of intentional simplicity that encourages both discipline and freedom. A lover of water play, skiing and beach picnics, she chops wood and carries water at her ocean-front "off the grid" home.

Leslie's studies and influences include:

  • Iyengar Yoga Certification: 3 year apprenticeship with Lisa Schwartz
  • Vijnana Yoga Certification and 4 year teacher-training with Dona Holleman and Orit Sen-Gupta
  • Gioia Irwin and Tensegrity Practices
  • Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in India: pranayama and philosophy
  • Richard Freeman, Rodney Yee, Judith Lasater, Angela Farmer & Victor Van Kooten
  • Mount Madonna Yoga Center: karma yoga and study with Baba Hari Dass
  • Vipassana meditation and dhamma study with Shirley Jayanta Johannesen
  • Adyashanti ongoing study and retreats