About Leslie Porter

Leslie Porter has been a dedicated practitioner and certified teacher in various movement and healing arts for many years. Her journey began at 5 years old when she used to take yoga with her mother. In high school, she experienced various emotional and physical traumas, which inspired her mother to send her to a yoga studio to practice yoga and meditation classes 2-4 times per week. This began a lifelong search and study into the healing arts.

Since then, Leslie has trained with some of the top teachers in the world: Ana Forrest, Ross Rayburn and John Friend (Anusara), Yoga West (Kundalini), Jack Kornfield (Mindfulness Meditation), Judith Lasater (Restoratives), Marie-Jose Blom Lawrence and Long Beach Dance Conditioning (Pilates Mat and Equipment), Kirtan Camp (Govindas), Fusion Pilates (Pre and Post Natal), and Yoga Academy of North America (Yoga Nidra). In addition, she is a trained Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (Peter Levine) to help clients with trauma.

Leslie uses yogic philosophy, compassion, and intuition to organize and personalize each class. No class is ever exactly the same. She specializes in hatha yoga and utilizes principles of Pilates and mindfulness meditation in teaching.

When she isn’t teaching or practicing, you’ll find her hiking, trying new restaurants, traveling, reading at a café, dancing, painting, or playing the piano.

Other achievements: BA Magna Cum Laude and Honors from University of Oregon in Fine Arts and English Literature, is an Associate faculty professor at SMC since 2005, Hip hop and Salsa Performer in an Oregon and Santa Monica company in 1998 and 2007, has led retreats and workshops all over California; she has mentored many students to become yoga and Pilates teachers. Recently, she was featured in USA Today for yoga.


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