Letitia’s friendly yet firm teaching style provides students with a community-oriented, non-competitive setting in which to practice, change, grow and progress. Her clear, anatomically-oriented instructions, engaging personality, and sense of humor work together to make classes light-hearted and fun even in the midst of challenging, disciplined work.
Letitia is an Affiliate Purna Yoga Instructor, a graduate of the College of Purna Yoga at the 500-hour level and the Lighten Up Yoga Teacher Training at the 200-hour level, and a registered Yoga Alliance instructor (E-RYT 200, RYT 500). She has been teaching since 2004 and has studied with noted teachers: Aadil Palkhivala, Savitri, Michael Stone, Roger Cole, Gabriel Halpern, Bryan Legere, Elise Browning Miller, and Matthew Sanford.
My inspiration to teach yoga comes from the desire to share my own yogic path with my students. To share the ways in which yoga has helped me become more of myself: healthier, happier, balanced, and loving.
I taught my sisters how to read, ride bikes, and drive. As a teenager and member of my high school swim team, I taught four and five year-olds how to swim. And in an early phase of my career life, I was a professor of philosophy. The role of teacher comes naturally to me.
My focus in teaching is to use my anatomical knowledge to demystify poses for my students so that they may find the alignment of the pose as well as freedom and openness in the mind and body. I see practice as just that – practice – and encourage students to work at their current level in order to reach the next one. Asana practice, for me, is never about performance or perfecting of poses but instead focuses on feeling more at home in the body you have now and to connect with the deeper benefits of yoga.
My priority in my practice is to live yoga, now, in the present moment (whether that’s on the mat, in the studio, in my relationships), to commit each moment to showing up and following my inner voice on the path of dharma. In my practice I continue to work out the kinks that restrict movement in my body (hips, wrists, or low back) or movement forward toward my purpose, my dharma. My favorite poses for these issues right now are parivrtta janu shirsasana and vamadevasana variations. Meditation is also a huge priority for me and daily practice is a must to keep me focused on what’s truly important.
Bringing connection to the body, mind, spirit and emotions.
Bringing balance through asana, nutrition and lifestyle choices.
Connecting to the spark of the divine within you through dynamic meditation.
Purna Yoga classes help you live your life by bringing freedom and openness into your body, unity to mind, body, and spirit, and equanimity to your emotions, while giving your spirit a chance to shine.
How does Purna Yoga bring union to the yoga practictioner? We believe that yoga is more that just physical exercise. Purna means complete. Purna Yoga addresses the entire you: body, mind, emotions, and spirit, because you are more than just your body.
Purna Yoga utilizes Asana (poses) and Pranayama (breathwork) so that the body can be strong as well as flexible. So we can move through our daily life with ease rather than be burdened with physical discomfort. Purna Yoga is alignment-oriented and rooted in co-founder Aadil Palkhivala’s 40 years of study with B.K.S. Iyengar. Nutritional knowledge and an understanding of how lifestyle choices affect health are also aspects of study. We draw on the best of Ayurveda, Chinese, and modern medicine to support the health of the body beyond just the physical practice of asana.
Purna also offers a unique form of guided meditation, developed by co-founder Savitri, through years of experiential study. Heartfull Meditation helps connect you with who you truly are within. Through simple, practical, easy-to-learn techniques, you can set your focus on what really matters in life. Purna honors the traditional texts of yoga (the Vedas, Upanishads, The Bhagavad Gita, Hatha Pradipika, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the writings of Sri Aurobindo) and applies them practically to modern living.