Leena Culhane is a dedicated yogini and interdisciplinary artist. Her practice took root at a young age, and blossomed after relocating from her hometown of San Francisco to attend UCLA. With the guidance of several phenomenal teachers (including Annie Carpenter, Mia Togo, Jerome Mercier, Trudy Goodman, and Jack Kornfield), her studies evolved and deepened, permeating the cracks in her life and illuminating the realization that indeed, they are how the light gets in. Yoga serves as her main vehicle for introspection, grace, creativity, and holistic wellness.
Since completing her 200-hour SmartFLOW teacher training with Annie Carpenter in 2012, Leena has taught private and group classes, and has created and led workshops and intensives. She also helped establish the donation-based yoga program at the Los Angeles Theater Center in downtown LA. She has completed hundreds of hours of advanced training since, with particular foci on pranayama/meditation, anatomy, hands-on assists, and beginners. She is also currently engaged in her 500-hour SmartFLOW training.
Leena seeks to combine her own curiosity as an evolving practitioner with her desire to give students a sense of themselves. She teaches both dynamic vinyasa flow classes and rooted, creative restoratives. She believes that for every mindful effort, there is an enlightening return. Her classes offer the integration of rigor and softness, mind and body, inquiry and surrender. These elements serve her personal work as a human, and artistic work as an actor and musician. Leena splits her time throughout the year between Santa Monica, CA and Nashville, TN, where she loves to write, swim, cook for her friends, and hang out in nature with her sweet pup, Shakespeare. She aims to live her life with deep gratitude, huge love, and a beginner's mind.