Author: Leila Cranford

Leila teaches yin yoga and meditation at Inspire Yoga, and is a lead trainer for Inspire Yoga's 300HR Advanced Training Program. When she’s not doing that, she’s usually mom-ing, researching, rock climbing, hiking, loving her cat despite “not being a cat person”, hammocking, or indulging in a serious love of food– in particular, dark chocolate or phở (but never at the same time, don’t be silly). Despite a lifelong love of reading and earnest attempts at every style of writing know to man, she’s not really a writer. But she’s a thinker, and she’s a lover of people, and believes in the healing power of relating through shared experiences. What she shares on this blog might be about mindfulness, maybe movement, maybe fear and discomfort…but always about the whole human experience.

Doing Your Best Work – While “Asleep”

posted by Leila Cranford

Our modern western world is becoming increasingly aware of not only the benefits, but the absolute necessity, of rest.  Accordingly, rest is big business – technologically advanced mattresses, saltwater flotation pods, couple’s massage – but we wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s our most productive time.  But consider this invitation: I’d love for […]

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Featured Instructor – Leila Cranford

posted by Leila Cranford

I wish I had a profound story of how I found yoga, but the truth is: it’s pretty mundane. I’m guessing not so different from many others; one small discovery after another until one day, in retrospect, something profound really has happened. My practice started as yours might have, a group practice in gym. And […]

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Meditation and Yoga

posted by Leila Cranford

Not all meditators practice yoga, but meditation is a foundational practice in hatha yoga – or yoga, as we simply call it in the west. A robust yoga practice includes regular meditation (dhyana) as well as postures and breathwork. The seminal Yoga Sutras, in fact, lays out the Eight Limbs that form the the yogi’s […]

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