leslie lewis yoga

Matter without spirit is a corpse. Spirit without matter is a ghost.“ - Marion Woodman

Yoga joins the body and mind, spirit and matter, so that they can function at their highest levels in harmony. By doing yoga you learn to tune into the small nuances of your body, and thus become more mindful of yourself, your actions and everything around you. Hence why so many gain so much personal growth through their practice. Join me on Wednesday and Thursday to explore this gorgeous practice and create a better affinity between your physical and spiritual selves.
Wed 7:30am - @sanghayogashala
Thurs 6:30am - @sanghayogashala
Thurs 8pm - @tangerinehotpoweryoga

King Pigeon is a very beautiful but intense pose. It opens the hips, both front and back, as well as the chest and shoulders, and last but certainly not least opens the spine with a lengthening backbend. Therefore, it can take a good deal of time of regular yoga practice before this pose is achievable because it requires so much flexibility. Join me Monday morning at 9:30am @lucentyoga where we will be moving and opening towards that gorgeous goal.

Parsvottanasana, aka Intense Side Side Stretch Pose, is an intense hamstring and spine lengthener. Adding the reverse prayer helps to open the chest and shoulders as well as strengthen the core and legs as they need to be engaged to hold the balance. This pose helps to calm the mind as it requires full concentration which forces one into the present moment. Join me both Wednesday and Thursday morning for class at the times listed below to start your day feeling present, open and strong. ✨
@sanghayogashala
Wed 8am - Core Vinyasa
Thurs 6:30am - Yoga Express Hour

Revolved Triangle, aka Parivrtta Trikonasana, is an intense hamstring and lower back stretch, which strengthens the legs and core. I love how open my entire backbody feels after coming into this pose. Join me today and this weekend at any or all of the classes listed below to let go of the workweek, realign and open your body so that you can get the most out of your weekend repose.
Fri 7pm - @lucentyoga
Sat 11am - @sanghayogashala
Sat 4:30pm - @lucentyoga
Sun 5pm - @sanghayogashala

There’s a full moon tonight, peaking through the clouds and stirring up emotions. This is a time to reflect and let go of things and habits that no longer serve us. And then join me Tuesday morning at 7am @tangerinehotpoweryoga to sweat and let go of those emotions and thoughts, opening yourself up to a amazing next couple weeks before the big Eclipse. 🌝💫

The snow may be beautiful, but trudging around in it with the added freezing temperatures makes your body tight and feel out of whack. So join me this weekend in Williamsburg or Greenpoint to realign, let go of workweek stress and perhaps burn some extra calories in advance of the upcoming Valentines’s Day chocolate onslaught. Times and studios listed below.
Sat 11am - @sanghayogashala
Sat 4:30pm - @lucentyoga
Sun 5pm - @sanghayogashala

The earlier you get up, the more time you have in your day to get everything done, which, like yoga lessens stress levels. So, join me Thursday morning at 6:30am @sanghayogashala to watch the sunrise as you open your body and mind to the infinite possibilities of the day ahead. See you there!

Dolphin Push-ups are an old favorite of mine for building arm, shoulder and core strength. A few years ago I used to do them daily to build forearm strength so that my wrists wouldn’t hurt from being on my hands so much. Luckily one of my students reminded me of this, so you may see them woven into my classes this week listed below. Remember…bikini season is around the corner. 💪🏻👙😉
Wed 7:30am - @sanghayogashala
Wed 6:45pm - @tangerinehotpoweryoga
Thurs 6:30am - @sanghayogashala

Ahhh, the amazing opening sensation of Sun Salutation B, aka Surya Namaskar B, makes me feel like I’m 10 feet tall. With this summer heat loosening our muscles and joints, it’s a great time to see if you can go a bit deeper and get a bit longer in your poses. We will be exploring this idea in my 4:30pm Saturday class @lucentyoga. Get ready to feel expansive!

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt
A new moon in Leo is upon us and it’s a time to set in motion new goals, habits, and practices. Now is a great time to start that creative project you’ve been wanting to, or go after that dream job. The world is your oyster as long as you get into action. Join me at 8:30am on Tuesday and Thursday mornings this week @tangerinehotpoweryoga to get your energy moving and bring your best to whatever your heart desires.

Downward Dog Split is an awesome, multi-faceted pose, both a serious stretch as well as strengthener. Also known as Three Legged Dog, this pose opens the chest, shoulders, hamstrings and hips, as well as tones the core and arms. Expect to explore this pose and many more in my weekend classes listed below.
Sat 4:30pm - @lucentyoga
Sun 5pm - @sanghayogashala

The holiday was fun, but sadly normal life must resume… Time to twist, stretch and sweat out all of the 4th of July food and drinks so that you can finish the workweek with a bang. Join me @sanghayogashala on Wednesday and Thursday morning at 7:30am for Morning Flow to reset and realign your body and mind.

Crow, aka Bakasana, is the root of all yoga arm balances and inversions. It can definitely seem scary when you first attempt to balance the weight of your body, on your hands, your face hovering just a few inches from the ground. But with practice, and the knowledge of which muscles to engage (think core), you start to lift and fly and decide that perhaps there are more arm balances in your future. Watching students stick this pose for the first time is always fun as their excitement becomes contagious. Expect to become contagiously excited, and leave feeling strong and open in and after all of my classes this weekend listed below.
Sat 11am - @sanghayogashala
Sat 4:30pm - @lucentyoga
Sun 5pm - @sanghayogashala

Conquering headstand is always a big milestone for any yogi. I always tell my students that the tough part of this pose is getting into it, not “being” in it, because you have to use your abs to lift your legs up. Therefore, an amazing core exercise, as well as great headstand prep, is to lower and lift your legs from the initial ball shape to hip height with either bent or straight legs. Doing this will strengthen your entire torso and help you learn to stabilize within the shape while your legs are in motion, making headstand a cinch.

Spring is on its way here, at least for the next two days. Time to start thinking about what’s underneath our giant sweaters and shifting towards carrying less weight physically and mentally. So join me for some invigorating Vinyasa Flow to flip your attitude from Winter to Spring and open your body to the fun adventures ahead. Times and studios listed below.
Wed 8am - @sanghayogashala
Wed 7:30pm - @lucentyoga
Thurs 6:30am - @sanghayogashala

Standing Split, aka Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana, is a deep stretch of the legs. This pose opens the hamstrings, groin, calf and quad as well as strengthening the core. Remember to keep your hips closed versus open (which yes, does make it more challenging). With the warmer weather, deep stretches like this are more available to even the tightest of bodies and thus tend to make occasional appearances in my classes. You may even see one in my classes this weekend. 😉
Sat 8am - @tangerinehotpoweryoga
Sat 4:30pm - @lucentyoga

Summer is here and so is the muggy heat. But with that humid warmth comes extra flexibility and openness in the body. I love being able to teach poses that some may not be able to access in colder months like the splits and binds, etc. Join me this weekend at any or all of the classes listed below to see where this summer warmth can take you in your practice. ✨
Sat 4:30pm - @lucentyoga
Sun 8am - @tangerinehotpoweryoga
Sun 5pm - @sanghayogashala

Anyone who knows me, knows that I adore Shoulderstand, aka Sarvangasana. It’s truly a yoga super pose as it opens the chest and shoulders, lengthens the spine, brings fresh blood to the thyroid, helps with circulation and very efficiently moves lymph around the body giving you a mega immune system boost. Rarely do I ever teach a class where I leave this amazing pose out. If the chilling cold is making you feel a bit less than healthy, hold it for 2 to 3 minutes and get your lymph nodes buzzing.

If Monday’s tend to make you feel twisted, upside down and out of sorts then I’ve got your solution. Join me for 9:30am Vinyasa @lucentyoga where we will bind, open and realign our bodies and minds so that Monday starts out strong and stays on course all day long. See you soon!