“The most important attribute to look for in yoga teacher is joy because yoga is about remembering your true Divine nature, which is comprised of mostly bliss. Lesley is an authentic yoga teacher who is dedicated to her students’ progress towards the joyful discovery of yoga. Her non-judgmental manner, humility and unwavering devotion to the Divine creates in the classroom, a positive, compelling atmosphere, conducive to happiness and spiritual blossoming.
“Lesley Desaulniers is, quite simply, the best yoga teacher I have ever had. Her classes are exhilarating and transformative. Any instructor can put together a challenging vinyasa sequence, but she has an ineffable energy that infuses the practice with joy and even rapture. She is both wise and unpretentious, spiritual and down-to-earth. There is no one like her.
“Lesley is brilliant. Not only does she steadily radiate her own experience of inner joy but she deftly introduces and guides others into that experience. She has a keen understanding of and ability to convey the multidimensional richness of the yogic path and has a fresh and subtle way of sharing that wisdom with integrity and love.
“Lesley’s teachings are a mix of Divine inspiration, humor and humanity. She grounds the spiritual with the practical, offering tools through the union of mind, body, and soul It is truly a gift to be on the path of life with Lesley as one of my teachers!
“Lesley’s rare blend of scholarly knowledge, her effervescence and full-hearted teaching elevates me as student; my spirit soars, my asanas blossom and my connection to myself and others awakens beyond measure. I am fully absorbed and transported in her classes. A deep bow to my teacher, Lesley.
“As the publisher of a magazine about food, I often remark that I “eat for a living.” This means, of course, that I need to balance that out with a vigorous physical practice. Lesley’s teaching, both the asana and the spiritual guidance, invites you to reach beyond your perceived limits - of the body and the mind. Lesley is clearly a scholar of the ancient texts, but she is no monk living in a cave; as a daughter, mother, wife and modern day working woman, she is eminently relatable.Her own passion and gratitude for the practice shines through, and radiates outward to her students. I judge a yoga class by how I feel afterwards, and after 85 minutes with Lesley, I always feel grounded yet revitalized, open hearted and grateful. When one of her classes ends up packed mat-to-mat, I say move over and make even more room - the world would surely be a much better place if everyone could practice with Lesley!