Leah Ronnow

Kimberly Achelis Hoggan Leah is homegrown in SLC, Utah. She first stepped onto the mat 15 years ago and fell in love with asana and the calming bliss that overtook her brain in savasana. In addition to yogi and yoga therapist, she is an avid skier, mountain biker, and traveler. A good day starts with time on the mat, followed by fresh air and an adventure. Having the opportunity to take from amazing teachers all over the world, Centered City Yoga has been her home studio since walking through the doors in 2005. Leah completed the 1000 hour yoga therapy program with D’ana Baptiste through Inbody Academy. She has been teaching for the past 3 years and is now working towards her 1000 hour IAYT certification.

Leah’s classes ebb and flow based on the season, and over the years her own practice and mind has shifted. She doesn’t care to make your butt look better in yoga pants, but it may happen inadvertently. Her mission is to bring the healing benefits of yoga to more people. She encourages everyone to come as they are and believes that yoga can benefit all minds and bodies, regardless of age, ability, or mobility.

What is your teaching style or what do you teach?
My teaching style is a blend of pranayama, asana, dynamic work and restorative practices. I admittedly have a prop fetish and will sometimes use them in all classes. I teach mainly private yoga, but come and give Gentle and Juicy a try! It is 1/2 dynamic strengthening poses and 1/2 prop-assisted restorative poses.

What is your favorite prop?
Most used, the block. Favorite, practice golf balls. They are the perfect size and softness for rolling out your feet after a long day.

What are your top 3 favorite asanas?
Dancer pose, pigeon, and child’s pose.

What do you seek to teach your students?

Come as you are. Everything can be modified. It is your practice and experience, not mine. I am just a facilitator. Always listen to your own body and heart. Everyone deserves to find peace and healing from within.

Arbitrarily cliche question: how has yoga impacted your life?
Yoga is an amazing compliment to other athletic activities and has always made my performance and recovery better. But after trying and traumatic events in my life, yoga as a purely physical pursuit fell away. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to rediscover yoga as a tool to aid in my own healing, to ease anxiety, and open my heart to accepting change. I am a more loving and compassionate person because of my practice.

What would your superpower be if you could have one?
Flying. I have always wanted that freedom. It would also be helpful for commuting.