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Eva Estlander

Because of Eva’s love for surf, sea and sand, she traded the cold waters of Helsinki, Finland for the sunny shores of Sayulita, Mexico. Having graduated with a Master's Degree in Economics, Eva left the hustle of Finnish city life for the warm waters and friendly waves of Riviera Nayarit, opting instead for a lifestyle that promotes health, balance and a deeper peace of mind. Practicing yoga, surfing and eating fresh tropical food is the life her dreams are made of.

Eva's path with yoga started through Ashtanga, but she slowly felt more drawn to different styles including Vinyasa Flow and Yin, which are now the closest to her heart. Being a devoted yoga practitioner with a deep love of sharing her passion with her students, Eva felt that it was a natural progression to become a teacher. She completed her Yoga Teacher Training in 2013, specializing in Vinyasa Flow and Yin.

As a yoga teacher, Eva combines the power of Vinyasa flow with the restorative energy in Yin. In a typical Yoga class, you will feel the warmth of flowing movement, and the strength in holding poses with integrity.  Eva has a gentle way of guiding your body in to proper alignment, and works with each of her students individual needs. She believes that these two practices complement each other and are the perfect combination for a calm, balanced body, mind and spirit.

Eva feels that to continue on this path, she must always keep an open heart and a willingness to learn from others. Therefore she must always stay a student.

Eva believes that by practicing yoga and coming into alignment with your highest self, you will live a more fulfilling life and make choices from a more centered place. After all, life is all about choices.

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Leah Nicole Tisdale

Leah discovered yoga at the age of 17, after competitive snowboarding and playing ice hockey for years left her body feeling less than ideal. She studied with many teachers, initially focused on Ashtanga Yoga and Mysore practice, later shifting to deeper study in the Anusara, and Iyengar lineages. Teaching and practicing yoga for 14 years, Leah has watched her body, mind and spirit transform and blossom before her eyes. Although, it still took three years of rigorous asana practice before she could touch her toes in a forward fold! Practice not perfection clearly became her mantra.

Having lived in Boulder, Colorado and Brooklyn, New York before moving to Sayulita, Leah grew up in Vancouver, B.C, Canada. She studied writing, psychology and dance at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, and is an avid surfer, paddle boarder and salsa dancer. While in Colorado, Leah danced for many years with a West African dance troupe, and snowboarded every weekend, to keep her connection with the Spirit of the Mountains strong. She currently lives in Sayulita and Vancouver, teaching SUP Yoga, SUP & Yoga in both places, though avoiding falling off the board in Canada as much as possible.

Currently a 500RYT (Yoga) and Paddle Canada Certified Advanced SUP Instructor, Leah pulls inspiration from many teachers who have crossed her path. Having studied with Doug and David Swenson, Richard Freeman, Reno Muenz, Gioia Irwin, Eoin Finn, Mike Nichols, Shiva Rea, Christine Price Clark, plus many more, Leah's journey on and off the yoga mat has been the best, and sometimes the worst, experience of her life.

The more challenging parts of her life brought her in contact with Poetry, as an art form and practice, and she maintained a popular Poetry blog for many years. Leah also interned as a writer with two major magazines in New York City, during her time living in Brooklyn. The flow of energy via the written word holds close to her heart, and she counts poets Essex Hemphill, Reinaldo Arenas and Jack Kerouac as teachers from the other side.

Her current gig of holding space for women in sacred retreat is in many ways her ideal "job". Being able to combine her love of dance, yoga, surfing and paddling, sharing with women from all over the world is a gift, both to give and receive, that she nurtures daily with Great Love and Respect.

With continual guidance from her ancestors, and all the teachers who have come before, Leah's primary Inspiration is to help others connect with their inner Wild Woman and the heart of Crazy Wisdom.

"What the rose whispers before blooming, I vow to you." ­ Essex Hemphill

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