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Lesley Desaulniers

Lesley Desaulniers

Lesley Desaulniers

Lesley Desaulniers

 

Lesley Desaulniers

Lesley Desaulniers

Lesley Desaulniers

Lesley Desaulniers is known for her energizing, soulful and inspiring classes.

Her gift for storytelling and passionate connection to music and art make each class a dynamic journey of sound, spirit and soul. She was trained in yoga under the expert guidance of Sharon Gannon and David Life of Jivamukti Yoga, and is one of Northern California's most in demand teachers.

Lesley has been studying yoga and meditation since 1996, taking her practice to New York, Russia, India and back. In her early twenties, Lesley was a resident at Ananda Ashram in upstate New York, where she intensively studied Sanskrit, meditation, philosophy, yoga, and chanting. She was later certified by master teachers Sharon Gannon and David Life and went on to teach at the Jivamukti Yoga Center in downtown Manhattan.  She returns to NYC several times a year to lead workshops and teacher trainings.  In California, Lesley teaches at YogaWorks, 1440 Multiversity, and Harmonia.

Lesley was featured in Origin magazine’s “Leaders Who Inspire” series, and selected by Mantra magazine as one of San Fransico's leading yoga teachers. She serves on the faculty at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, 1440 Multiversity, Omega Institute,  and Yoga Journal Conferences. Lesley teaches ‘Transformational Vinyasa Yoga’ workshops and retreats at premier yoga destinations throughout the year. Lesley has been a Lululemon brand Ambassador (Brooklyn) and the Athleta brand ambassador for Northern California. She has  been featured in GOOD magazine, New York Magazine (Best of NY), Mantra Magazine, Origin, The NY Observer, Fit Yoga Magazine, YogaCity NYC, L magazine, among others.

Lesley continues to study, practice, and teach daily. Her classes are imbued with a rare blend of sweaty Vinyasa, scholarly study, spiritual awareness, and good humor. Lesley feels thankful for the many wonderful teachers she has encountered along the path.

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Number of years teaching

18+

Style

Vinyasa

Inspiration

My teachers, my daughters, and my students. 

 

FAQ

What inspired you to teach yoga?

The depth and joy of yoga practice completely transformed my life. It is an honor to pass on the teachings and practices to my students.

How would you describe your style?

Soulful, vigorous Vinyasa. 

Why do you feel retreats are transformational?

Retreats are powerful on all kinds of levels. Most importantly, they are fun. They take students away from the daily grind, and offer an opportunity to see their lives from a bigger perspective. On retreat, students have time to slow down and move inward. They renew and deepen their connection to the many aspects yoga practice. For me, going on retreat awakens a sense of curiosity, adventure and joy. Students bond as a group and explore nature and new places together. I think yoga retreats are essential! 

What are your favorite places to travel?

Italy, Morrocco, France, Spain, Russia, Cambodia, India, and Mexico. 

Who are your most influential teachers?

Sharon Salzberg, Sharon Gannon, David Life & many others. 

What is your favorite pose to practice?

My body always seems to like tiptoe fish from the Jivamukti Yoga tradition.

What is your favorite pose to teach?

Inversion practice. Inversions give us a new perspective literally and energetically. They root us down, hold us still and move us inward. Very exciting poses to teach.