Leena fell in love with yoga at age 13, and has been sharing her passion for yoga in Kitchener-Waterloo since 2008. She stepped into the role of owner and director of Queen Street Yoga in 2012. Leena's teaching melds therapeutic alignment principles with dynamic flow and invites students to befriend their bodies, and cultivate more clarity and compassion in their lives. Her mission is for Queen Street Yoga to be a place that supports practice, grows community, and helps students cultivate more vibrant lives.
If you need to contact our director, Leena, with feedback or issues of a confidential nature email please email us at info[at]queenstreetyoga.com and request her address, or use one of our confidential feedback forms at the studio.
Leena is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT-500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher). Since 2008 Leena has completed over 1000 hours of teacher training in Anusara Yoga and other alignment-based and vinyasa styles, and has done in depth training in yoga therapeutics, Ayurveda, and pedagogy. Leena continues to be supported in her practice and teaching through her ongoing studies and mentorship with senior teachers, including Darren Rhodes, Christi-an Slomka, Matthew Remski and Robin Golt.
"To me yoga is both an inward journey and a means of connecting more authentically with the world. My practice helps me to befriend my body, notice the patterns of my mind, and listen more closely to the soft voice of my heart. Yoga is always reflecting the complexity of life and the world to me. My practice is both joyful and challenging, deeply personal and passionately political, empowering and humbling. My time on my mat helps me find more strength and spaciousness to be in the moment, to listen, and to repsond with greater kindness."
Leena loves living in vibrant downtown Kitchener neighbourhood with her husband Scott, and a backyard full of bird feeders and vegetable gardens. She is involved with the Downtown Kitchener BIA and she volunteers with MCC's program Circle of Friends supporting women in the community as they transition back into independent housing after being in Mary's Place women's shelter.
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