I’m so delighted you’re joining me here. What first began as a vision for a brick + mortar yoga studio, is now a space devoted Yoga Therapy.
Here, I focus on bringing you grounded guidance in yoga therapy and yoga philosophy. How? By sharing real stories and studies from my own life as a teacher, student, mother, wife, and HUMAN with hopes that you’ll see how messy living your yoga can be.
Why do I do this? Because of my own path to the practice. I arrived barefoot on a yoga mat because I was struggling with severe anxiety, a need to white knuckle my life and control everything. I came because I was stressed out in my mid-twenties, trying to deal with the inner pain by running miles and miles every other day [side note: that did not work], and practicing really hard yoga poses. But, it wasn’t until I was 27, trying to get pregnant, and experiencing infertility that I realized something was missing from my practice. Ahem...it was the full bodied practice - the ways of living, the principles, the technology to learn how to accept my whole being. We call this the 8-Limbed Path of yoga.
Through 2.5 years of unexplained infertility and something called Hypothalamic Amenorrhea, I sought what I now know as yoga therapy [think a mixture of talk therapy and physical therapy wrapped up in a yoga centered bow] to heal my body and my heart. When I look back now, I know I opened a yoga studio and started our newsletter (now a newsletter + blog!) to share these teachings with others.
While yoga philosophy applies to everyone, I share a particular interest in helping women reconnect with their bodies and nourish their souls. I believe surpassingly in the power of yoga to transform the way we live in our bodies, and ultimately our lives. I believe we teach what we need to know. Thank you for being here. I look forward to working together.
The Yoga Dear Manifesto:
Yoga Dear Yoga Therapy is a welcoming, encouraging approach to healing, offering grounded guidance in yoga, somatic movement, and yoga philosophy with a particular emphasis on supporting women. Here, I share stories, knowledge, and create experiences that are down-to-earth with a healthy dose of laughter.
My greatest hope? That everyone who winds up here experiences a sense of feeling seen, heard, and like they truly matter—because they do. I’m here for anyone who needs regular reminder that You are enough. You already whole. That there’s nothing “wrong” with you.
I believe that practicing yoga is a way of practicing life. I know that each time we step onto the mat, whether it’s the first time or the thousandth, we’re learning about how to both push our limits and respect our boundaries. We’re balancing patience and determination and developing connection, while making space for stillness.
As we interact, I invite you to explore possibilities that you didn’t know were available. As a result, you might discover that you have a calmer mind and a calmer life. You might find that courage on the mat leads to courage off the mat. You just might find yourself not judging, analyzing, or comparing. I hope you find yourself more connected to the person you’ve always been.
Leanne Matullo is a Yoga Therapy practitioner, Sleep Consultant, Registered Yoga Teacher, Registered Pre/Postnatal Yoga Teacher, yoga school owner and former studio founder. She believes surpassingly in the power of yoga, particularly the philosophy, to transform the way we live in our bodies and ultimately our lives.
Leanne is a lifelong dancer and yogi, combining an array of disciplines and styles to bring to her clients. She draws on her dance background to teach classes that are as elegant as they are encouraging.
Leanne intimately knows the benefits that yoga can bring, as she learned during her fertility struggles. It taught her that women need a place of safety and welcoming during the childbearing years, no matter their parental status, so she created that in Yoga Dear. Here, women have a place to reconnect with their bodies and nourish their souls.
Leanne is, at her core, a person of warmth and inclusion. She loves to know students, readers, and clients by name, and her nurturing spirit fosters a sense of vibrancy and community. E-RYT. RPYT - Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga. MA Education & Human Development. YoKid Certified. Yoga School Founder. Currently studying Yoga Therapy C-IAYT with Inner Peace Yoga Therapy. Certified Sleep Consultant through The Cradle Coach Academy. Connect with her at @LeanneMatullo and @YogaDearMama.
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We often come to yoga for more than the movement. We're searching. We want relief from anxiety, depression, loss, overwhelm, pain. We crave purpose. Connection.
When you join, you'll receive regular down to earth and practical guidance to incorporate yoga therapy into your every day. Learn how yoga can transform the way you live in your body, and ultimately your life.