RYT 500, ACSM CPT, 2nd degree black Isshinryu Karate
Leslie Snow, with a diverse background in movement and personal training, realized she could help people most effectively through one-on-one customized programs that focus on yoga as the mode of physical and mental training.
Leslie was a serious ballet student growing up, but occasional depression interfered with hoped-for success. At 18, she survived a near-fatal car accident, requiring a long convalescence. After the accident, to help heal and recover, she began meditating, and from there arrived at her first yoga class in 1978. She practiced more often and more seriously as the years passed, mixing in dance, aerobics, and running -- Leslie felt happiest when she was moving.
After more than 15 years as a graphic designer in Jacksonville, Florida, she became a personal fitness trainer in 2009, soon after relocating to North Carolina. Wanting to learn more about yoga, in 2013 Leslie traveled to Rishikesh, India for 200 hours of Ashtanga yoga teacher training.
In 2012 Leslie pursued post-baccalaureate studies in Exercise Physiology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, taking classes and labs in exercise physiology, testing, and prescription.
Beginning in 2009, Leslie studied Isshinryu Karate. She achieved sho dan, or first black belt, in October 2014 and her second in October 2016. She now studies Aikido at Woodstock Aikido in Woodstock, NY, under Harvey Konigsberg Sensei.
Leslie completed her RYT 500 with Shari Goldstein of Enlighten Yoga Charlotte in August 2016, after attending a Vipassana, 10-day, silent meditation retreat in July. She has been fortunate to study also with such luminaries Kino MacGregor, Desiree Rumbaugh, Corina Benner, Greg Nardi, David Keil, Doug Keller, Cora Wen, and John Churchhill.