Leilah Devi

Leilah Devi is a devoted practitioner and teacher of Ashtanga Yoga in the tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. She was introduced to the method and lineage in Colorado in early 2005 by senior teachers Annie Pace, Richard Freeman, and Mary Taylor,  and soon traveled to Mysore, India to practice with Pattabhi Jois and Sharat Jois.

Leilah has enjoyed and maintained a disciplined daily Ashtanga practice for nearly a decade and a half.  Seeking deep understanding and immersion, she spent several seasons as an integral part of the team at Purple Valley Yoga Center in Goa, India, where she had the unique opportunity to learn from many of the foremost teachers in the lineage. Under the guidance of such teachers as Petri Raisanen, Sharmila Desai, Ty Landrum, Dena Kingsberg, Mark Robberds, Laruga Glaser, and John Scott, Leilah completed Ashtanga’s challenging 3rd series in 2012 and began working on the 4th series in 2017. As a resident of Purple Valley, she participated in hundreds of hours of in-depth workshops covering topics from hands-on adjustments and assisting, to pranayama, mantra, and yoga philosophy.

group photo with Sharmila Desai by Coni Horler

Leilah has completed 200-hour Teachers’ Intensives with Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor in 2016, and with Joey Miles and Rachel Woolhouse in 2018. She has assisted her teacher Petri Raisanen on multiple occasions, including during a month-long “informal teacher training” retreat in Thailand in 2010, and completed her first teacher training with Tim Miller in Tulum, Mexico in 2007.

graduation party upon completion of a month-long Teachers’ Intensive with Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor.

Leilah has been teaching yoga for over a decade. Beginning as a substitute in 2007 when her own teachers traveled to Mysore, she has since taught Ashtanga in the Mysore style in Denver, Portland, Seattle, and Koh Phangan, Thailand. She has received the blessing to teach from certified senior teachers in the lineage. Leilah continues to travel to Mysore, India, to practice at KPJAYI with Paramaguru Sharat Jois.

Leilah’s approach to Ashtanga, while authentic, is not dogmatic. She strives to maintain clear communication and preservation of the method while ensuring that the practice is accessible to all. In the Mysore class, she seeks to hold a space that is deeply meditative and calming, yet simultaneously invigorating and transformative.

Leilah is also a personal trainer, specializing in detailed strength and conditioning which includes the use of tools such as kettlebells, barbells, and maces. Her knowledge in this area provides her with a unique perspective as she continues to explore the ways in which yoga and strength training overlap and intersect.

Last but certainly not least, Leilah is ever a student and practitioner of  Tantra, from whence Hatha yoga derives and has its roots. A devotee of Shakti, her interests include classical non-dual Shaivite Tantra, Vama Marga and Kaula traditions, Vajrayana Buddhism in the Nyingma Lineage, and Dzogchen.

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