Leslie Wilda, yoga enthusiast and mom, is the founder of Yoga Playgrounds. Her personal practice has brought about a feeling of balance, calm and inner joy to her daily life, and Yoga Playgrounds was formed in 2010 from her desire to share the gifts of yoga in a playful way with kids.
Leslie uses the tools of yoga to teach kids the power of positive thought and ways to build self-confidence and decrease stress and anxiety. Yoga Playgrounds aims to provide a foundation for lifelong wellness within the bodies, minds and spirits of kids, all while having lots of fun.
Although she has little interest in teaching yoga to adults, she holds 200 hour adult yoga certification from internationally renowned prana flow teacher Shiva Rea. She also holds kids yoga certification from Gopala Amir Yaffe of Rainbow Kids Yoga and Shana Meyerson of Mini Yogis, certification in kids yoga therapy from Loraine Rushton of Zenergy Yoga, Circus Yoga Ring One certification, Mindful Schools fundamentals certification, and training in Acro Yoga.
Leslie incorporates mindful awareness exercises into her classes adapted from her training with Mindful Schools and the MindUp curriculum, and over the years has attended numerous other yoga related workshops and immersions with many well known instructors. She strongly believes in the power of yoga and loves to share the practice with kids.