Name: Leah Vernon
Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Favorite quote: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Neale Donald Walsch
Words you live by: Just breathe.
How long have you been practicing yoga for: On and off since 2007. Actively since 2012.
Favorite type of yoga: SUP Yoga of course. As well as Yin.
Favorite Pose: Supta Baddha Konasana (translation: reclining bound angle pose)
A fun fact that most people don't know about you: I am a huge hockey fan. Go Kings!
Other Hobbies: Running, paddleboarding, keeping tiny humans alive, photography, and trolling the beach for sea glass.
Advice you would give to those who are new to yoga: Be patient with yourself. Whatever you do, don't compare your body or your practice to anyone else. Also, try different styles. You WILL find a style that aligns with your needs.
Describe your most memorable yoga experience: Hands down, taking my first SUP Yoga class. I was a hot mess. I was awful at turning, ended up on shore, waited for my instructor to come get me like a little kid who lost their mom in a department store, and timidly went through class afraid to fall into jellyfish infested water. When I got off the water, I realized that I didn't check my watch once, lost track of time, felt all fuzzy and blissed out from savasana on a board, and knew I was hooked. That calm feeling after a chaotic experience that you conquer feels pretty darn good.
How important is yoga to you and how has it impacted your life: Yoga is invaluable to me. It has not only transformed my life, but it has gifted me with meaningful connections and experiences.
When did you first get into SUP yoga? In the spring of 2014.
What’s your favorite thing about SUP yoga? Just being on the water.
How long have you been a yoga teacher for? 4.5 years
When and where did you do yoga teacher training? I completed my 200 hour Yoga and Ayurveda training in Ventura, CA in 2013.
How was your experience? It started out with me feeling terrified that I joined a cult, confused, and sore. It ended with me feeling terrified that I liked this possible cult, still confused, and sore. So, I'd say it was awesome. Seriously though, it was a wild ride of emotions and a wonderful experience that challenged me both mentally and physically.
Any advice for aspiring teachers? My advice for aspiring teachers is to take as many classes as you possibly can. Do what feels uncomfortable. Develop a home practice. Put yourself out there. Take notes on what resonates with you. Most of all, BE YOURSELF. It's normal to think you need to sound a certain way or sequence a certain way, but you don't. Do what feels good and right for YOU. People dig that!
Favorite food or drink post-yoga class? It's a toss up between a smoothie or kombucha.
How does yoga help you with motherhood? I would be even more of an emotional wreck and borderline insane if I didn't have yoga. Yoga IS my sanity, it is my refresh button, and it is the only time I feel like I can catch my breath. I am more patient, slow to anger, and creative with my kiddos because of yoga.