Barb Leese MA, ERYT, RYS
Barb has always had a passion for health and mind/body wellness, by age ten she had left home to train professionally with Canada’s National Ballet School where she went on to graduate with honors. Joining the National Ballet of Canada as a classical dancer, Barb performed across Canada, The States and through out Europe performing both classical and contemporary roles.
Her next career was in musical theater with the Phantom of the Opera performing with both the Toronto and the International touring companies. She became associate director of the Toronto production and was involved with various other musical productions.
Currently, at Sheridan College, Barb teaches anatomy/physiology and dance technique for the Bachelor of Musical Theatre Performance program. With additional certifications in yoga, personal training and mind/body, Barb brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her teaching, offering classes that balances strength and flexibility in an atmosphere of openness and trust.
Over the last 10 years, Barb has trained many yoga instructors through her 200hr Yoga Alliance registered Yoga Teacher Training program. Barb’s quest for knowledge and her personal mantra that “anything is possible” inspired her to complete her Masters degree in July 2015 at York University studying the effect of yoga on post-secondary dance training.
As a recipient of the Burlington Civic Recognition Award for International Achievements, Barb is delighted to be using all of her experience to assist people in finding personal wellness and performance excellence through the mind/body connection of yoga and dance.
Jump on to your mat and into your life
"Having taken Barb's RYT 200 teacher training I came to the conclusion that Barb is not only a yoga teacher to be experienced, but a yoga leader with the capacity to effect a turnaround in how health matters are addressed through the practice of yoga. Barb's classes and teaching changed my life permanently on so many levels. I am eternally grateful and encourage students, new to advanced, to have the benefit of all of Barb's passion and experience in her classes and teacher training."
"Barb Leese an amazing teacher. Barb is an amazing yoga teacher and an inspiration to a great many yoga practitioners including myself. There are many great yoga instructors out there, but very few true yoga teachers like Barb. She's highly knowledgeable, skilled and one of the most humble and down to earth persons I've had the privilege of knowing. Its a true honour to have been trained and taught by Barb."