Edmonton : Kingsway

Leanne Tomanek

As a yoga teacher, I often tell my students that each class is different - will be a journey and you'll discover something new about yourself every time you come to the mat. Let go and see where your class will take you.

When I attended my first yoga class in 2003, in the basement of our public library with my family by my side, there was no way I could fathom where my journey will be taking me.

Exploring Ashtanga yoga, I enjoyed the physical aspect of the practice. While attending schooling for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in 2005, my sister suggested I try a Bikram Yoga class - let's just say it didn't really work out that well. I gave it some time, let go of that first class and tried again. As they say timing is everything and my second encounter was a far different experience, I loved it. I was hooked.

After a regular practice, I took things one step further and attended teacher training in 2009. I went to explore my yoga, challenge myself and survive, not even contemplating teaching a class. After nine intense weeks I graduated and taught my first class and fell in love, I found my passion.

In the spring of 2012, after months of hard work, my sister and I opened our studio Bikram Yoga East Edmonton. Everyday we promote a positive, caring and healing environment by building a sense of family and community in our studio. Our motto is the family that sweats together stays together.

As with each class, I'm always learning and exploring yoga to be the best teacher I can be. I continue to educate myself on yoga theories, philosophy and history as well as other practices. I've attended Bernie Clarke's Yin Yoga training and will be attending more training in the future.

I bring a sense of fun and lightness to my classes while referring to my past education in MRI and massage therapy in order to help students understand the asanas and their body. The Bikram practice is a challenge, we all have our ups and downs but like most things in life that are tough it's well worth the effort.