Meet Leah! Questions from JaiPure

Meet Leah!

Q: What brings you to your mat? 
A: I am inspired every single day by the complete devotion that BKS Iyengar brought to his asana practice. Working with my body as a way to know myself deeper is what brings me to the mat. I love the intelligence and exactness of the practice as it keeps me awake and present.

Q: What do you aim to provide students who attend your class?⠀
A: I aim to provide my students with a path inward to their deepest self, their true Self and an opportunity to let go of the outer demands. I hope my classes help people feel freedom and confidence in their physical body and some quieting of the mind.

Q: What are you up to off of your mat?⠀
A: I have 2 young daughters so I am busy. My husband and I are in the process of transforming our front lawn into a pollinator garden with only native plants. I am an environmentalist and try to inspire others to help our earth in whatever ways we can. I love to walk in the woods with my dog and someone I love and I spend a lot of time preparing nourishing food.

Q: What is JaiPure to you?⠀
A: Jaipure is a place for me to share my love of yoga with people to are open to receiving it. I am grateful I can walk and bike to the studio as it contributes to my desire to live a more simple life. I appreciate that it is a center owned by women who believe in the power of yoga and community. 



Between frequent visits with anxiety and self doubt I return home again with a huge exhalation. 

I want to be home and stay home. 

Home is my true Self. 

Byron Katie says Heaven.

I was flipping through one of her books years ago and came across this line that has never left me.

The thought that kicks you out of heaven could be "I'd be a little more comfortable if I had a pillow." 

Without that thought, you're in heaven—just sitting in your chair, being supported and being breathed. When you believe the thought that something is missing, what do you experience? The immediate effect may be subtle—only a slight restlessness as your attention moves away from what you already have. But with that shift of attention, you give up the peace you have as you sit in your chair. Seeking comfort, you give yourself discomfort. 

What if you did get a pillow? That could work (if you have a pillow). You may find yourself back in heaven again. It may be the very thing you needed. And perhaps you would be happier, and perhaps you wouldn't. In the meantime, there goes your peace.  

So, how do you get back to heaven? To begin with, just notice the thoughts that take you away from it. You don't have to believe everything your thoughts tell you. Just become familiar with the particular thoughts you use to deprive yourself of happiness. It may seem strange at first to get to know yourself in this way, but becoming familiar with your stressful thoughts will show you the way home to everything you need.

I am a mother, wife and daughter.

I practice and teach Iyengar yoga and Pilates and love nature, wholesome fresh food, and helping others to heal with strong knowledge and a gentle touch.

We are a multi-cultural adoptive family living in Northern New Jersey.

My two radiantly, lively daughters are my most powerful and constant teachers.  

I have been on a spiritual journey for most of my life and believe that every experience, good or bad, presents an opportunity to learn and grow.

I want to live a life that is conscious, AWAKE and devoted to healing ourselves and our planet. 

I created this blog to have a place to share and explore issues such as food for healing, making our homes green and safe, ecologically sound cleaning, shopping and food choices and moving toward a zero or low waste lifestyle.With mindfulness as our guide we can live a life of simplicity, abundance and creativity! L'chaim!

"When we tug at a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world." — John Muir