"Previously, I had practiced yoga for many years and was passionate about it because if its physical and emotional benefits to me. I stopped for a while and replaced yoga with an intense personal training regimen, where I got injured. I came to yoga therapy after receiving physical therapy for several injuries. I had hoped to get back to my precious yoga practice and heal completely.
I feel challenged but safe in Leslie Kazadi Yoga Therapy classes. She is a fabulous teacher and fun and funny, and she gives lots of individual attention so that you know you are cared for. I was also battling a little depression when I met Leslie and I am much better emotionally as well as physically since coming to her class. I feel lucky I found her."
"I felt seen and understood through Leslie’s amazing sense of humor, compassion and sensitivity, so that I could heal not only physically, but psychologically as well, as she lifted my spirits when I was down due to the effects of my auto-immune illness.
I was practicing yoga off and on during my life, tapping into it when I was extremely stressed and stiff but never practiced regularly. In July 2010, I fell ill with a rare neurological disease called ADEM (Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis). In short, my immune system attacked my brain which left me partially paralyzed on the left side of my body. While I received excellent medical treatment in the hospital and rehabilitation in Germany (where I fell ill) so that I was able to move around again, I went back to my home in California to look for non-traditional healing support, and especially for some sort of therapeutic type of yoga.
When I started with Leslie (and Sherry Brourman), I was walking with a walking stick. I got hooked on Leslie’s Yoga Therapy classes. Through my classes with Leslie, I was able to move my toes again and improve my walking. In general it helped to strengthen my left side. Also my back, shoulders and neck were always very tense due to the challenges of walking. Yoga helped me to regain my fluidity of movement. I love yoga therapy, as it made me more conscious of the anatomy of my body and how breath and proper supported postures are healing. In Leslie I found not only a qualified and studied yoga therapist, but also a very compassionate teacher who truly understood me and supported me in my healing. In 2012, I moved to Spain to be with my love and we now have a beautiful son together. I continue yoga therapy weekly. It is essential for my well-being now."
"I love knowing that I am learning to do yoga in a way that I won’t get hurt, so I can relax and enjoy experiencing my body changing for the better. I came to yoga therapy because I could see that as I am getting older I needed to add something to my exercise program that was more restorative to my body. I am learning that a small movement can contain a whole world of information about myself, my body and how I relate to the world in a way that benefits me in my life and my goal of getting stronger as I age. I appreciate Leslie’s kindness, sense of humor and wisdom gleaned from her life experiences, and I feel very happy to have found her class."
"Sherry Brourman and Leslie Kazadi are masters at their craft. The mentorship program that they have created is a completely unique and groundbreaking necessity in the world of yoga and yoga therapy. Not only is their combined knowledge of the body, healing and yoga astounding, their patience, generosity, guidance, and desire to teach teachers is unparalleled. I have felt held, honored, respected and challenged to grow myself into the teacher I know I can be."
"Leslie has that great ability of meeting students exactly where they are, disarming their fears and apprehensions, dissolving their tensions and holding sacred, healing space with a comforting demeanor where both silence and laughter come easily. She supports her students as they delve into the healing journey of yoga. And it's here where all her amazing knowledge and technique facilitate recovery from injury, expansion of movement, and discovery of core support. And yet her level of experience far exceeds the realm of yoga therapy to offer a broad spectrum of practices. Through my association with Leslie Kazadi as her student, colleague, collaborator and friend, my practice has deepened, my injuries have abated, and I may have added a few laugh lines to carry with me through the seasons of my life. In gratitude to an amazing person who I am honored to know."
"Thank you, Leslie. You are inspiring and so clear with everything. I learned more than I can express in your workshop for teaching seniors. Everything you had to share feels so useful now. You have so much to share and you teach it so well! Thank you!!!"
"The Tensegrity Center for Yoga Therapy Internship Program enhanced my practice and teaching on so many levels, most predominantly, from the inside out. What makes this program unique is it's only one of a very few places where you can get first hand experience working with and learning from professional seasoned practitioners of their experience, caliber and credentials. As in similar professions, from physical therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, to MD's, the more clinical hands on experience you have the better a practitioner you become. Their focus always starts at the place where the person is now and building from there."
"I just want to say thank you for coming here [Manila, Philippines] and sharing with us your expertise, knowledge, positive energy and warmth. Thank you for being so inspiring...makes me want to become better at what I do. I hope to see you soon!"
"I just wanted to say thank you (for many things, really) but for today I'll say thanks for an entire week of zero back pain. I've lived with chronic lumbar pain for the last three years and I've been resigned to having to live with it, but the tips I got from your training have made it disappear. So THANK YOU."
"I am always so thankful for all the help and guidance you offer me n our wonderful yoga class. And now my husband is also adding his thanks as he sees my posture improving."
"Your beautiful style, patience, and yoga “know how” was greatly appreciated and will always be remembered…"
Leslie is a natural born healer who can make you laugh, stretch you in ways that you never thought possible, and remind you of where you want to go in life. She is a wonderful teacher, healer, and yogi. I highly recommend this graceful queen who is talented in so many ways...words can not do her justice!
"I just wanted to reiterate how awesome the workshop was. The training was a reawakening experience for me that reminded me of deep compassion and connection that I have for this special population. I am very excited about a future of teaching yoga with the older demographic."
"Not that I ever doubted you, but you know your shit Woman! The work you did with my lazy right foot has been tremendously helpful. Lifting the outer arch and pressing into the big toe mound + block in the thighs = relief in the right hip and adductor region which has been plaguing me for about 10 months. I taught an MP7 class today in your honor and have used some of your therapeutic vinyasas when subbing beginner classes. Outstanding workshop on many, many levels!"
"Leslie normalizes normalcy (for example, tight hamstrings) and celebrates what makes people different. She includes everyone when sharing her superb knowledge of yoga, offering equal care, quality of attention and generosity of spirit while helping each student find comfort in a practice. Many times I've been amazed by how you approach injuries, tightness, and fear around movement and stillness in your classes.
One of the many important things I've learned from you is that yoga can help you feel better! Even if your current state of normal feels pretty good.
Thank you, Sensei Leslie!"
Thank you for your soul soothing ways. You help me to feel better while in your presence as well as to see myself more clearly. I look forward to our next time together.
You bring so much light to the practice. And confirm so much how Physical Therapy and Yoga Therapy can work together.
--Maria Guadalyn Guerrero Sicat (from UAM training)
Thank you for sharing insights that no text book would ever be able to give, in a way that no one else would be able to give. I have never met anyone so insightful yet lighthearted and playful at the same time. Thank you for the simple suggestion of using a block, for introducing the idea of having a choice (freedom!), and being curious.
I truly enjoyed learning from you and I think it was just Ria who may have out-laughed me at your jokes. Are you really this funny? Even in cooler climate? Thank you. I am so, so glad to have met you.
--Paola Cardenas-Factoran (UAM training)
There are few teachers that inspire me to study harder, think more deeply and in new directions, to be at ease with what is and what may come. Thank you for climbing rocks and balancing patiently, sharing lightness, laughter and insight, for being one of the smartest, funniest and most humble people I have ever met
--Eva Simmons (UAM training)
"I want to thank you for leading and teaching the yoga to our subjects with CF. They all raved about you and loved the yoga classes you taught. All of them said that they would be interested in doing Yoga classes for beginners in the community if opportunities were there. Awesome work and I appreciated everything you did for this study. You truly went above and beyond."
"I am so grateful to you for helping me to regain my footing, my strength and my optimism in private yoga classes.
"You have a gentle, sweet and loving way that reflects your true being. It has been really wonderful to take part in the YESS study and to know you!"