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Leyla is extremely grateful to her students and teachers. After spending a year-long residency at the Kripalu Center in Lenox, Massachusetts, Leyla became a Kripalu certified yoga instructor in 1998. A life-long learner, Leyla continues her yoga training by learning about anatomy, yoga for aging bodies, and yoga philosophy. Leyla has been teaching at Circle Yoga Coop since 2010 and is currently serving on the CYC Board. She has been fortunate to teach at a variety of locations including Glen Echo Park, Whitman Walker Clinic, Catholic University, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Supreme Court. In 2002, she co-founded Capitol Hill Yoga and remained co-owner until 2008. In addition to teaching yoga, Leyla is a professor of social work at Catholic University, a Mindfulness instructor at Sibley Hospital, and a psychotherapist.
What to expect in Leyla's class
With compassion and clarity, Leyla creates a safe space for beginners and experienced students alike to connect with their breath and bodies. Each class will have instruction on breath, alignment cues for safe poses, and end with a guided sivasana/relaxation. She choreographs her classes to progressively open and strengthen the body with plenty of "warm up" movements to ease the body into yoga poses. Since yoga is a practice for all bodies, abilities, and ages, Leyla provides modifications to ensure everybody feels comfortable.