Leslie Gordon RYT-500 is certified through the Integrative Yoga Therapy Program, where she has completed both her 200- and 500-hour yoga teacher trainings, focusing on yoga as therapy. She is also registered with the Yoga Alliance. Her yoga experience includes 14 years of practice and over eleven years of teaching. Furthermore, Leslie received her Advanced ThaiYoga Practioner designation with Jonas Westring – Master ThaiYoga Teacher, Physical Therapist and Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher (www.shantaya.org) – and her Yoga Warriors Certification. She is also a Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga Instructor on the Farmington River in Collinsville, CT, and co-leads International Yoga Retreats with fellow yoga teacher, Kristin Cork.
She holds a BA in Religious Studies from the College of Wooster in Wooster, OH and is a Reiki Practitioner in the lineage of Dr. Mikao Usui. Additionally, Leslie is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, the Kripalu Yoga Teacher’s Association, and the Green Yoga Association. She has won two Green Circle Awards from the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection for her role in starting a recycling program in the cafeteria of her local elementary school.
Leslie recently served as the Director of Yoga Programs at the Enlightened Way Wellness Center in Tariffville, CT and the Yoga Director at the InnerSpace Yoga and Pilates Studio in Avon, CT. Other volunteer positions include multiple years as PTO President in her children’s schools, Board of Directors at the Roaring Brook Nature Center, and Gifts of Love Fundraising Committee. She also serves quite enthusiastically as a bulletin board artist in a local elementary school.
Leslie lives in Avon, CT with her husband, 2 children and 2 dogs. Her favorite hobbies include reading and hiking. Her favorite quote is from Emerson: “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”