Yoga Teacher Hannah Leatherbury, in Her Own Words
How would you describe your teaching style?
My students at Blue Heron have described my teaching style to me as "balanced, calming, integrated and stealthy." I teach techniques that complement physical postures (asana), so in my classes you might encounter hand gestures (mudras), breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation. I also study Ayurveda (traditional medicinal system in India) and choose sequences that honor the season and time of day when you are practicing. My agenda, if I can say that I have one, is that people leave my classes feeling like they've come home to themselves.
What words of encouragement do you have for a student trying to grow/ develop their practice?
I remember one of my teachers telling me once that there is a reason it's called yoga "practice" and not yoga "perfect." As a closeted perfectionist, I found that advice extremely liberating. My practice changed from something I did to "get something out of it" to something I do because I reconnect to the experience of feeling that I am doing enough and I am enough.
Tell us something else interesting about you!
I am four minutes older than my only sister. We look identical. She lives in Baltimore and works in Columbia. If I've met you and then you see me in Trader Joe's and I look at you like I don't know you -- it might be because you are seeing her. Fortunately, she's very friendly and not at all offended if you mistake her for me.