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Pronunciation – Lee-Anan-da Yoga (Yes we feel the need to put that there because everyone gets it wrong!) It's a combination of our founders name Leanne and the Sanskrit word Ananda which means Bliss, clever hey? We thought so.
Here's more about our Founder Leanne (Leela-Devi) Jones
Leanne is a Jivamukti Yoga and Hatha Yoga teacher. She has been practicing since 2008, teaching since 2011. She's also taught in London, Cambridge, India and now in Wimborne, Dorset and is pleased to have met so many gorgeous humans and a few very special teachers along the way.
Leanne started practicing after a desperate moment when she felt like driving her car off the road because she honestly thought that the world would be a better place without me (resonate?) Thankfully she didn't, and thankfully her doctor recommended trying yoga, so she did. From that 1st class Leanne knew yoga would change her life and that It was something she wanted to share with other people.
Leanne met her teacher Andrea Kwiatkowski in 2011 when she started her British of Wheel of Yoga training and through that found the Jivamukti Yoga method. She was mentored by and assisted Andrea for 3 years. Working as a Menswear buyer at the time and in her late 20’s, my head was firmly up my own ass. Constantly comparing herself to others, A lot! The assisting and mentorship experience is very humbling and taught her that yoga is a practice of getting over yourself….it really is. Then she had the first of her 2 children in 2014, and boy was that an awakening (resonate?). Since then, guess what? She's REALLY been learning how to Get over herself!
Leanne classes aim to share the little gems of wisdom she's gleaned over the years through personal, direct experience and insight and through the inspiration of all my Guru’s. Jivamukti Yoga is a path to enlightenment through compassion for all beings, so her life's (and many more lives) work is to learn to live a contented life in harmony with all beings. She choses a predominantly vegan diet and in her spare time is learning to tend the earth and grow food on her family allotment with her children and partner. That's part of her practice.
In 2021 Leanne stumbled across Walford Studios and realised this was the beautiful space she was looking for, to open her own studio (a dream she had from day dot!)
Also 2008 - Goes to doctors, gets antidepressants, referred to yoga and counselling, starts the healing process. Meets first yoga teacher Katy Lowe at a local gym.
2008-2010 - regularly attends 2-3 classes a week with Katy and various teachers at the gym.
2010 - Takes BWY Yoga Foundation course with Sarah Harris in Letchworth.
2011 - Starts 500hr British Wheel of Yoga teacher training with Andrea Kwiatkowsk and starts teaching beginners.
2012 -Qualifies in Jivamukti Yoga 300hr intensive training, another life changing moment.
2011-2014 - Was mentored by and assisted Andrea at various regional and national events and graduated from BWY teacher training.
2014 - Trained in Thai Yoga Massage in London with Ralf Marzen of Mudita School of Thai Yoga Massage. Got pregnant, had my first child, moved back to Dorset, spent a lot of time being anxious, crying, not coping, going to mum and baby groups, breast feeding, changing nappies, washing, cleaning, washing, cleaning, washing cleaning, you get the point.
2015 - Completed exams for Thai Yoga Massage and started practicing at Back In Balance Chiropractic, Wimborne.
2016 - Missing the Yoga tribe I’d grown fond of, I reached out to Acharaya Bankim Gossai who is the preacher/teacher of a London Hindu Temple Maha Lakshmi Vidya Bhavan. He gave me my spiritual name Leela-Devi (sometimes spelt Lila, means playful or the play and drama of life, Devi means Goddess) we have become great friends and I’m learning to grow into my name.
2017 - I met my Reiki Master teacher, who came to me for a Thai Yoga Massage. We bonded instantly. I went for a treatment with her and continued the Self healing process through her magical hands, listening ears and ability to provide a nurturing space. I had my first attunement and Completed my Level 1 Reiki whilst pregnant with my 2nd child.
2018 - Completed a magical Yoga immersion weekend in London with my Guru Sharon Gannon.
May you all be happy and free from suffering and the causes of suffering.
And if you’re interested in the fine detail, read on:
2008 - works for a big online mens underwear business, gets incredibly stressed, anxious, self confidence shattered, depressed and wants to run herself off the road in her car.
The studio space
We wanted to create a space that’s clean, warm and welcoming, so you feel able to relax into your practice. When you arrive, there are boxes to leave your belongings in and coat hooks, we ask that you please leave your shoes in front of the boxes and not wear them into our sacred space.
As Wimborne’s 1st dedicated space for yoga & massage therapy, we have fully equipped the studio with Yoga Blocks, Yoga Bricks, Yoga Straps, Yoga Bolsters, blankets & eye pillows. We have some spare mats too but recommend you bring your own for hygiene purposes. We also request props are sanitised after use.
We can fit up to 10 students and some classes are full so booking online in advance is essential.
Dec 11 - Dec 17