About Us

GROW A LOTUS

An academy of Hatha yoga with a focus on alignment of the body, mind and heart.  Classes are designed for young hearts and the young at heart!

 

Welcome to Grow A Lotus Yoga!

Classes are designed for students with a desire for personal growth, physical challenges and community connections.

Come as you are with an openness to explore the traditions and practices of yoga!

We provide yoga education and learning as the foundation of inner growth based on the professional standards of Yoga Alliance.

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The Lotus Flower

The lotus flower is a symbolization of our own Divine Nature.  Similar to the challenges and sufferings that inevitably arise in our lives, the lotus flower grows in deep murky waters into the light of the bright, luminescent sun.  The growth into the light symbolizes our human potential to use the challenges and difficulties in our lives as a learning potential to growth and happiness.

The opening and the closing of the lotus petals are mirrors to our own hearts as we conceal and reveal, from suffering to light.

The name Grow A Lotus came to life while sitting beside the Ganges in India.  At the time, Leanne was on holiday from her regular routine of teaching Grade Ones children at the Canadian International School of Hong Kong.  While on a yoga retreat, immersing herself in the depths of yoga in its country of origin, she created the name behind her practice “Grow A Lotus” with the intention to return to teaching and focus on supporting each student to grow to the depths of their for fullest potential, just as the lotus flower reflects.

May all beings unfold the petals of their hearts to grow to their fullest potential.  May we use the body’s vehicle to live with great intention and attention, in health, compassion, laughter and love.

OUR TEAM

Leanne Whiting

Acknowledged for her grounded presence and playful nature, Leanne creates an optimal balance intentional and intelligent sequenced classes, combined with her playful nature and honest approach which challenges students physically, mentally, and whole heartedly. She is known for creating a welcoming and supportive environment where students leave feeling a greater connection to themselves and an integral part of their community. Leanne is conscious of individual needs and skillfully guides students safely through sequential poses allowing for physical challenges, personal growth and empowerment.

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Julie Coleman

Julie connects to her practice from a place of love, wonder, and pure joy that emanates through her teaching of Alignment-based, Heart-Centered Hatha Yoga. She is committed to creating a space for self-discovery, where others feel inspired and empowered.

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Gil Anderson

Gil is a graduate of Grow A Lotus Yoga Children’s Yoga program. Full BIO coming soon!