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  • H O N O U R I N G ✨
I am amazed and do deeply honoured by these two incredible women: @mydlandj and @everythingisimagined ✨
I’m pooped today after yesterday’s epic film/photo shoot for the new #thepractices immersion/yoga teacher training website. I can’t imagine how these two feel, who were full tilt steaming ahead on other (amazing) projects today! ✨
This is such a high honour to be on the receiving end of their incredible creative efforts. And I’m so honoured to know that these two have felt so moved by the benefits they received in immersion and TT that they wanted to shape this next unfolding of this offering.
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Thank you, Erica! Thank you, Julia! And thank you, #thepracticesoffreedomandwellbeing Kula for your beautiful participation in our day and this effort. I am deeply grateful, more grateful than words can say 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽.
  • B L E S S E D  S O L S T I C E
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to each of you on this great day. I’m so lit up from such an uplifting mega dose of ritual magic. Ah, ritual. We gathered - and with 50 of us, the energy was wildly high, such love and light, just streaming through the place. After a good movement practice, it was time to make magic. And the Temple Stewards @mariaraluca, @charlottiegallagher , @georgie_gilmore_fitness , @usukeology , @eat_100_percent , and @jproma78 built the most beautiful altars... and around the room we all went, blessing and grounding and clearing and intending and celebrating. Ohhh. I feel SO good,
Thank you, @secretyogaclub , for inviting me. @coreclapton is such a beautiful space!  Thank you, Temple Stewards, for giving selflessly and from the heart. And thank you to each of of you Solstice revellers - participants... what an incredible group! Ohh. So happy. So honoured to lead ritual in this way. Perfect Highest Light Day. Complete perfection. ☀️
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I have been really struggling this year with my energy levels. I’m usually such a sturdy character, but this year, I have been super delicate. Lots of inner change, just deep stuff happening inside. My mood has been stable, but the amount of energy I can expend being in public, in my work and study - this has been much less than usual. I’ve needed lots of rest and sleep and home time.
I’ve started to get a little nervous as I head in to teach class. I get a little worried that I won’t be able to channel all the light that always seems to want to come through. I also worry that it’ll really exhaust me.
Even though I have less energy for my work, I am still deep in my creative process of teaching; even now I’m not just resting on my laurels. I simply can’t stop myself from trying to find new ways into teaching, and inviting my students into new approaches to their practices. 
Most recently, I’ve shifted the way I begin class; we are starting on our feet, swaying, and then moving into ‘free movement’ warm ups to anchor into embodiment and invoke a more authentic, immediate body-sense in the flow.
I mean: this is a lot to ask an experienced student, let alone a newbie! It’s fancy footwork as a teacher to invite people to it. And yet, my amazing students have been just jumping right in, limbs akimbo, and just cutting loose in movement. In London no less! Wow, London yogis!
It’s so inspiring to be with a room full of people who are willing to just go for it and have an experience that’s different from what they are used to. It’s such an honour to witness that wonderful curiosity, and the true lightness of bearing that allows people to not take it too seriously. 
And so, instead of being drained - I feel refreshed, delighted. I still need to come straight home and rest after most classes. But I’m leaving with a smile on my face. 
This is a big thank you to my amazing students. You keep re-igniting my faith in humanity. You keep showing me how much more love and fun there is to have together. Thank you for your playfulness, your spontaneity, your easy laughter - thank you for your beautiful you-ness. It’s like holding a rainbow in my hand. 🌈🌈🌈
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I’m thrilled to be back with @secretyogaclub for Summer Solstice this year. Some of you know how personally powerful and meaningful it is for me to facilitate ritual on the high holidays. Back in the day it was just me and a couple of pals at my home altar. It’s a great joy to widen the circle, which only makes the work more powerful and delicious.Time to celebrate all of our hard work, cast spells of loving magic, and cast a circle of honouring. It’s yoga and movement, altar work and togetherness for a nourishing night to celebrate the longest day - and welcome the dark as we begin our very long march into a longer night of the year. I won’t be teaching my normal Thursday pm class, so if you want your Thursday night magic, come along to Core Clapton on June 21 and join us ☀️🌟☀️ Jai! ☀️🌟☀️link is in my profile x
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I got so much done on this sunny London day. As the solstice is nigh, my energy is through the roof, despite my setbacks of headaches and back injury.
And yet, even as I celebrate the satisfaction of peeling through my to-do list (still truckin’ after 7.30 pm having started at 6 am today), I am well aware of the consequences. I feel the twinging pain all down my legs, and my low back is barking at me. 
I find myself in the midst of a kind of face-off between my natural, buoyant creativity enthusiasm (which is the only thing that gets anything done around here, lest you thought I followed anything BUT the fickle muse) and a whole other tide of unprecedented laying around-ish-ness. TBH, I thought I was already living pretty s l o w with my frequent energy healing sessions, extended intelligent rest practices, all of my schmooing around at my altar, pulling cards and arranging, and my newly re-ignited self care non-negotiables: lots of cooking for myself, and lunch with soul sisters. Guess what I just found out?
Living best get E V E N  S L L O O W W E E R R R. I am recovering from burn out. That’s the truth. And it’s a good time for staring into space, reading, and any kinda netflixy thing that strikes my fancy. If I seem to be forgetting this... will you remind me? 🌸
Blessings, Beauties. And wild love to you from my fully horizontal self.
pic is @lanitrock
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I can’t tell you how delighted I am that grace is bringing me back together with @hareeshwallis, beautiful maniac/brainiac that he is. If you want some wild inspiration, and some good times on the beach before the summer sun is gone, then jump into this here situation. Which is a high vibe, rockin’ peeps, heart melting, deep teaching kind of jam to be sure.... Fire and Nectar teachings from original Tantric source will be detailed, unfolded, and explored... October 5-9 - link is on my pro-file ✨
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#retreat #italyretreat #tantra #therealdeal #yogaretreat #meditation #yoga #magic #awwwwyeah
  • S O U L  F A M I L Y
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Congrats and deepest gratitude to this magical crew.  What a journey. What a day. #thepracticesoffreedomandwellbeing #immersion #2018
  • W I D E N  T H E  C U R R I C U L U M
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Back in 2012, I was inspired to teach a yoga-based immersive course that widened the curriculum of our yoga - that got us down deep into the super practical ins and outs of daily practice and shared the essence of spiritual self-care that I have been living these past couple of decades. Six years and six ‘generations’ of immersion groups later, and we still have the rock solid curriculum of creating daily meditation, a sadhana of nourishment for shifting your habits around food, and learning how to tailor your approach to asana so it truly serves your whole self. But there’s more - always more. 
Of course, fun and play continue to be a vital part of our ever-widening curriculum. Here we are clowning around with yoga teacher/ director/ performing artist Rajeev Kahn yesterday, practicing the seven level of tension, related to the chakras, embodying different characters as we go. .
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#thepractices #thepractices #thepracticesoffreedomandwellbeing #immersion #yogacourse #yogateachertraining #fun #london #londonyoga #clowning #love #morethanjustasana #therealdeal
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During this high light, so much outward-moving energy can be mobilised. Sun gives us confidence, power, and stamina. It’s a time for celebration and accomplishment. This long light continues to grow and sustain us as it does every year in Spring.
And yet, I convalesce... Slight herniation. Some pain, and worse with stress and if I exert too much. Here I am, taking the medicine I have doled out to countless students and clients over the years. Resting; doing less. Letting other people do what I might be doing.
I have backed way off my teaching schedule - in an  unprecedented act of self-care I cancelled both of last weekends workshops. Postponed my trip to California. I’ll be @indabayoga tonight at 19.15, and @triyogauk Soho tomorrow at 10.15 am but I’m leaning on a friend to cover the 1.45 pm class tomorrow. And so it goes.
I’m taking it one day at a time. And I am contented to do so! There is nothing like an injury to make life super simple. In this simplicity I simply rejoice. There is no other way forward, and no need to argue with the way things are. Peace, my loves. ✨
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We set off before first light to hike out to the land’s edge. We sit in silence and then rise as the liquid molten magic sun illuminates the sky. We chant praise for the earth, the sky, the heavens. We gaze directly into the sun and see it as a reflection of the light of our own heart. We watch the sea swells rolling in, calmer and calmer, and see the reflection of our own mind. .
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🌞#goodfortuneretreat #menorca2018 🌞thanks, Sarah, for the photo🌞
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Laughs, playtime, great company, and splendid beauty. This island, these people. And, indeed, the sun. Happy Sunday from Menorca, beautiful. 🌞❤️🌞
  • Casting spells for Daily Joy *Altar Love*
I had such an incredible time teaching Casting Spells for Daily Joy yesterday. Here’s our altar, with the wonderful @matterandhome Medicine Box at the centre. Each element represented in each of the directions. Those white sticks are candles for our candle magic. On the left (direction South/element Fire), in the cup, is the essential oil blend I made for our ritual - especially to dispel the crankiness and grumpiness and make joy more accessible. I talked the students through each step of the ritual and my decision-making process for each element. In the case of the oil, I blended Ho Wood (uplifting/stabilising) with  Geranium (Springy and Joyful) and Sandalwood (Good for Spiritual Aims, and also Earthing) and finally the powerful May Chang, which is so bright and sweet that it has a way of piercing through the fog of misguided thinking and low-grade misery. I explained that I also brought the oil Pimento Berry, which is effective at lifting more heavy veils of grief, sadness, and contracted thinking- but that I decided it would be too much - we already have the seasonal lift of the Spring, I didn’t want to gild the lily. Later, I took a cab home with all of my ritual preparations. 
As soon as I got in the cab, my young cabbie told me about his recent break up. He’s a young guy, under 30, Romanian. He and his love had 5 years together, 4 of those years in London. This town was their big adventure and the crafting of a life together. His sadness was immense. 
When we stopped outside my house, I offered a spontaneous healing advisory. I told him about Plant Remedies and grief and making sure he gets the support he needs. I sensed he was holding back tears. I gave him the advice I give my students... try not to hold back your tears. Let them flow, let your feelings flow in the moment. He said, ‘but then I am weak.’ Of course, sadness rose in me then; I urged him to re-calibrate his understanding. Vulnerability is strength. We spoke some more. He nodded, thanking me. I could tell he needed to be around someone who understood his pain. As I grabbed my things from the trunk, I remembered the Pimento Berry. (Cont’d in comments
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