“OMG, my mind is wayyy too crazy! I can't do this.”
Said…nearly Everyone that first starts this journey.
Those very words came out of my mouth once. But I’ll tell you what, it’s not only possible to feel inner peace, it’s actually your natural state!
I get goosebumps and the little hairs on my arms raise the moment I see someone experience the true essence of yoga and meditation. When they finally feel the connection, oneness, and blissful state they’ve always heard about.
When joy bubbles up their body, energy flows through their limbs, space starts to appear between thoughts, and their reality becomes profound as they drop into a deep flow state.
That’s what I’m talking about.
And no – It’s not just reserved for monks or instagram yogis, and you don’t need a cave in the Himalayas to find it….
And you certainly don’t need to shave your head, sit Indian style for hours on end, give up sex, chocolate and all your material possessions or reach a state of “enlightenment” to experience this bliss!
But I digress.
The simple fact is- Yoga and Meditation are possible for everyone. No matter your body type, age, background, religion or capabilities.
And yet I completely understand why it feels so tough to do and stick with. Why it feels like your mind is racing and you'd rather be doing something else, or like you’re doing it all wrong.
Why? Because we’ve been conditioned by society, plenty of gurus and well-meaning teachers to make our mind the enemy and to focus heavily on the physical postures. We've believed that yoga and meditation will fix us or give us something magical we don't have. We feel we have to reach a certain level or attain advanced poses or a thoughtless mind in order to be a "real" practitioner.
We’ve tried to squeeze uncomfortably into the cookie-cutter mold of what meditation and yoga “should” look like, instead of exploring it like a personal relationship to life that’s unique and individual to each of us.
I’m introducing a radical approach to yoga and meditation, one that will liberate you to experience the bliss, without all the hype and unrealistic hoops to jump through.
The irony is – this instinctual approach to yoga and meditation isn’t new. Humans have been doing it this way successfully for thousands of years.
So, if you’ve tried yoga and meditation before and it felt rigid, laborious or downright impossible. If you’ve been frustrated by racing thoughts or you feel like you just couldn’t make it work...then it’s time to try a new approach. No more going to war with yourself, Like I once did...
A little Tidbit about me...
I used to suffer with overwhelm, anxiety and depression.
I was working in the tech industry, selling advertising for Microsoft. It looked glamorous on paper...working on the Xbox team and living the "high life". But once my career was established, I saw the reality - that I pushed myself to fit into a life I didn’t want for me.
Actually, killing myself over it.
I was getting sick all the time. I looked for peace in material things, reading self-help books like nobody's business, attending parties, losing myself in co-dependent relationships, even dabbling in the occasional drugs. But I only generated a fleeting sense of pleasure from it all that quickly faded into depression.
I was unhappy with my life, exhausted after each 12 hour workday and barely able to muster the energy to do it over again. I had no clue where to find my purpose, or the joy and fulfillment I longed for.
It took me to my knees.
I finally said, “enough”.. And with the support of a friend and nothing to lose, I dragged myself into a yoga and meditation studio. That day began a soul journey that led me to study with some of the world’s most revolutionary teachers.
And my life hasn’t been the same since.
I still had the same relationship, job, apartment and childhood traumas. I still had the same demands…but something radical occurred…
As I explored a daily practice that was customized for me and my lifestyle,, my perceptions started to shift…
I started to love myself and my life.
I started attracting loving relationships!
Feeling grounded, centered, at peace.
Suddenly, my outer circumstances didn’t cast the same burdens they once did, and my eyes became open to the reality that I was already in perfect harmony with nature itself.
I realized I was EMPOWERED in every moment to feel happy, whole and free.
And so are you my friend.
I’d love to show you how.
Want to explore what this could mean for you? Read powerful stories from people who’ve worked with me here.
Leah Santa Cruz shares Yoga, Meditation and Intimacy arts to entrepreneurs and working professionals. She empowers people who lead busy lives with tools to regain their balance, energy, focus and inner joy.
Her background started in psychology and neuroscience, followed by a decade working in fast-paced careers for Microsoft and tech startups. After experiencing burn-out, anxiety and a desire to follow her heart, she dove head-first into yoga and meditation. Her workshops help people strip away years of stress, restore their energy and zest for life, and strengthen their relationships to themselves and loved ones.
With a nurturing demeanor that's grounded in science, Leah makes these tools accessible by explaining how they actually work and their practical, real-life applications. She's taught workshops in studios, corporations, co-working spaces and festivals around the world, including: Los Angeles, Chicago, Thailand, Bali, Singapore and Australia.
Leah is a Certified 200-RYT Yoga Teacher, 200-RYT Meditation Teacher and Level II Reiki Practitioner, having studied under Master Teachers: Mark Whitwell, Dr. Lorin Roche, Ph.D, former Vedic Monk, Steve Ross as well as Paul Teodo and Byron De Marse. She’s completed immersion trainings with Google's 'Search Inside Yourself Institute’, and Journey Mindfulness Meditation.