Leigha was introduced to yoga in her mid-teens. The movement, the calm, and the eastern ethos resonated deeply, and the more she practiced the more she felt like she was becoming, somehow, more herself. Over the years, Leigha took interest in many fields, eventually earning a Masters degree in Environmental Literature and teaching literature, communications, ESL, and news writing for local colleges. At some point, she noticed that the more she practiced yoga the more fluidly and easily everything else seemed to flow. In her twenties, her interest grew at an exponential pace and soon it eclipsed all else. She earned her 200-hour teaching certificate with Michael Stein, formerly of Ashtanga Yoga of New Paltz (now YogAlive), admiring the depth, humility and authenticity of Michael’s commitment to the practice. Leigha is also trained to teach meditation and Yin Yoga.
Leigha teaches breath-centric, physically challenging, artfully sequenced Vinyasa classes that encourage deep body listening, always with empowering support and anatomical guidance. She emphasizes fine-tuning sensory awareness and plugging in to instinctual knowing in an effort to clear the mind, ease the body, and liberate the spirit. Her Vinyasa and Yin classes weave in dharma offerings, readings, and songs that are steeped in the traditions of Patanjali’s yoga, Advaita Vedanta, and Tantra, all of which inform her personal inquiry and practice.
Leigha has co-created the comprehensive 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training that she and Jacquelyn Nash conduct each year. She has also been building a library of free online classes on YouTube, amassing — to her continued awe and amazement — over 2 million views and a community of 30,000 gracious, supportive students across the globe. She and Corinna Ricard-Farzan co-lead Be Love: Return to Intrinsic Rhythm, a meditation and yoga immersion in Tulum, Mexico with a mission to spark and nurture spiritual warriors, super souldiers and selfless servants far and wide.
Little Testimonies of Love
A grounded soul. A poetic head. A playful body. A very wise perspective…fresh, full of energy, with an old-school understanding and very rooted in the earth with her head in the sky. -MG
Emotionally gentle, physically challenging. -PB
Magical yoga. -TS
I just wanted to write you and say thank you for being so patient with me in class. I’ve tried yoga so many times over the last 10 years and I could never stick with it for a bunch of reasons. All the reasons I couldn’t bring myself to go do not exist in your class and I just wanted to say thank you and I appreciate it. I never feel like I don’t belong in your class or that I shouldn’t be there. Thank you for being so nice. Last night’s class was AMAZING (again). -TS
Thank you Leigha! Just love your commentary and your way of explaining, making space and letting go …. takes my yoga to a different level. Love xo -Tina’s Raw Alkaline Diet
Leigha, I’m loving all your practices. I used to exercise every other night, but since finding your videos I’m now motivated to fit in at least a 15 minute flow every night. They are challenging, I often fall over, and they always make me laugh. And I feel so much better for it! Thank you 🙂 -Elizabeth Bowman
What I like about Leigha Butler is that she will push you to the full capacity of your potential at the time and each time you get better and better, stronger and more flexible. If you can’t do what she’s doing don’t worry! In time you will get closer and closer! Always be mindful of what your body is telling you. Thank you Leigha for sharing. I watch your videos several times a week and you have taught me how to do so many things that I couldn’t do before. -Dawn Cooke
Soft but powerful. -Lee Morgan
The reason I’ve started using your videos as a guide in my own home practice is because I’m learning to find ease and space during the practice that I hadn’t before. Which is what yoga is all about, but as I see it here, it’s clicking a bit more. Especially in held poses, as tho there’s room to sort of walk around within the body, There’s so much space being created and learning to relax within it, so much more graceful and easy room. Hard to describe in words! -Rabbit Bandini