When Leonel was a young teen, he experienced the tragic death of a mentor’s son. This began his journey into the world of Yoga, as he then realised he had not given Love the opportunity to shine in his life. Leonel went on to study Hindu and Rastafari religions, as well as Zen and Tao forms of meditation. He then studied at Prana Yoga College, to learn from Shakti Mhi, a teacher for whom he had profound respect and admiration. Leonel has also completed an additional 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training through Savoir Yoga, under Jolene Bayda and Troy Turi. He is certified in Yin Yoga through Jolene Bayda and AcroYoga through AcroYoga VanCity. In class, Leonel aims to create an open environment in which he will remind you to breathe; creating an atmosphere which encourages introspection and laughter. When not teaching, he can be found watching Vice videos, drinking fine wine and folding laundry. He whole-heartedly feels that the practice of Yoga is life, and life is the practice of Yoga.