“On this path, effort never goes to waste, and there is no failure.”
~ Bhagavad Gita

leslieprofileHello, and welcome to my Web site. The theme ~ The Great Leap ~ is a tribute to the Hindu figure of Hanuman, a mythical monkey chief known for taking an 800-mile leap from India to Sri Lanka to assist a family in exile. Hanuman represents compassion, egoless service and courage, all qualities that are needed to make a great leap. They are also handy for yoga and writing, which require practice and attention to detail. If you can believe, as the Gita says, that no effort goes to waste, then you can have faith that you’re on the right path.

Renowned kirtan artist Krishna Das, who considers Hanuman his guru, says:

“Everything that Hanuman does is to remove negativity. What we need to find is that inner strength to turn towards the love within us, to turn towards our true nature, and in doing so to turn away from our negative identifications and programming. Hanuman has the power to do that.”

Yoga also has the power to do that. Yoga is a path and a practice available to everyone and every body, and I emphasize this in my alignment-based and individualized teaching style. It doesn’t matter in the end whether you can do Hanumanasa, the seated split pose; the integrity is in the open-hearted effort. Sometimes it is only through hindsight, looking back at the small steps we’ve made along a winding path, that we can see we’ve made a great leap.