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Leah Samaha


Class type:

Kids Classes

bio:

Originally from Tampa, Florida, Leah grew up involved in sports: dance, soccer, and crew. During high school, her crew coach introduced her to yoga as a "cross-training" activity during rest days. Little did she know that this introduction would lead to yoga steadily becoming a part of her daily life. 

In college, yoga helped her deal with the anxiety and pressure of attending an Ivy League school after graduating from a public high school in Florida. After college, yoga became a respite after long, stressful days in the classroom as an elementary school teacher. Leah visited many yoga studios and always left sweaty, however, she always longed for something more than just a place to work out. Then she found Brooklyn Yoga Project. 

Since joining the BYP community a little over two years ago she has seen her yoga practice flourish, both on and off the mat, and has built a community of friends amongst the teachers and students. In the spring of 2018, Leah completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Brooklyn Yoga Project under the guidance of her beloved teachers and mentors, Ossi Raveh, Jessica Weiss, Be Shakti, Allegra Romina, and Dennis Teston. 

Leah longed to find a way to bring this amazing practice into her work as a educator. She attended a weeklong children's yoga and mindfulness training led by Little Flower Yoga this summer with BYP teacher and studio manager, Jessica Weiss. Leah and Jessica were so inspired by the training that they knew they wanted to bring yoga and mindfulness to our community of Brooklyn kids!

Leah graduated from Princeton University with a BA in English and African American Studies. She moved to Brooklyn to pursue her passion for urban education, teaching for five years in Brownsville, Brooklyn and the last four years in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Leah has a MS in Childhood Education from Hunter College, is a current candidate for an MA in Developmental Disabilities at Teachers College Columbia University and has taught both general education and special education for the past nine years.