With her diploma and certificate in hand, Leyla flew to Ethiopia. She has traveled a lot and had various journeys through Africa before settling in Jinja, Uganda. She became qualified as a yoga teacher in 2008 with Africa Yoga and has been teaching extensively over the world since then. Initially drawn to the dynamic nature of Ashtanga and its power and moving meditation qualities, she has now softened herself and prefers to teach Vinyasa Flow.
Africa Yoga (Yoga)
Payal is a biotechnologist turned yoga teacher. Since she was a child, she found herself very curious about the mind, body, and soul connection. Until the age of 23, Payal had a regular yoga practice as a part of her culture, not paying much attention to it. At the age of 24, due to a major shift in her life, she left her job in one of the most competitive environments in the world and took a break. This is when she re-discovered her enthusiasm for yoga. She dedicated the next year deepening her own practice with several teachers in India, and in 2014, she became a full-time yoga teacher.
Valerie Gwinner Nairobi
I have had the pleasure of taking classes with Leyla during two yoga retreats. Her approach, while thoughtful and serious, is also fun. Leyla meets each person in the class where they are, whether beginner or advanced, with openness and a lack of pretense. The result is that she brings each of us along in the practice, going further than we thought we could go. She is a joy to know, as a teacher and as a person.
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