Yoga Collaborator, Leslie Giovannelli, a southern California girl and former competitive volleyball player, Lesley discovered yoga as a way to heal from sports injuries and as a side hobby to compliment her running habit while in graduate school. The physical and metal transformation that came from her consistent practice inspired her to deepen her knowledge and understanding of the ancient system of yoga and she has been an inspired student and teacher of this moving meditation for 15+ years.
She finished her 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training in 2007 with Larry Schultz at It’s Yoga International in San Francisco and soon followed it with the It’s Yoga, Kids Certification Course. Lesley served as a yoga teacher at It’s Yoga, Kids upon completion of her certifications in 2007 and has been sharing her love of yoga with adults, kids, families and teens ever since. Lesley also holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts and a MA from the University of San Francisco. Lesley has over 11 years of experience teaching safe, fun and effective yoga classes to various ages in a variety of settings including schools, libraries, gyms, homes and workshops.
Lesley has an obvious passion for sharing the endless benefits of a consistent yoga practice with adults, kids, teens and families. She strongly believes that yoga can be an amazing foundation to build confidence and self-respect, discipline and awareness as well as kindness and acceptance. She strives to foster self -esteem by teaching positive habits for mind, body and spirit while providing simple and effective tools to deal with everyday stress.
Lesley and her husband, Mike, are recent transplants to Sonoma from San Francisco with their children, Noah, 10 years old, and Luciana, 7 years old.