Hi, I’m Leanne Cusumano Roque. I founded Yoga 4 All Bodies and am a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) and an International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) Certified Yoga Therapist.
The Yoga Journey Begins…
I began practicing yoga in 2006 when a friend suggested I try out yoga. Although I had no idea what to expect, a book I read suggested starting when I could practice every day for 6 months. I waited until I could make that commitment, and started. At the end of 6 months of daily practice, I knew yoga was an incredible gift. I found yoga addresses the entire person—physical, mental, and spiritual. A regular practice grounded me, and made me stronger and healthier than I had ever been in my life. For several years, I explored different yoga traditions—from Bikram to Vinyasa to Hatha to Anusaura. When I discovered Iyengar yoga, I knew I had found a tradition and practice that would change my life.
Leads to Training…
After practicing Iyengar yoga for several years, I embarked on the journey to become a certified Iyengar yoga teacher. Teacher training in the Iyengar tradition is one of the most rigorous and precise trainings for yoga teachers. Trainees are required to have a minimum of three years of practice experience, significant training, and must be recommended by two senior teachers.
Certification as an Iyengar Yoga Teacher…
To become a fully certified Iyengar yoga teacher, I passed two assessments, each of which included a written exam, demonstrated practice, and teaching assessment. This process takes three years. I continue to take higher assessment levels to improve my ability to serve you.
I began teaching yoga in 2012 and passed my Iyengar yoga Introductory I teaching assessment in 2013, the Introductory II assessment in 2014, and the Intermediate Junior I assessment in 2017. With more than 500 hours of training, I continue to study through practice, privates with my mentoring teacher, and workshops so as to improve what I can offer you, my students.
Transformation for Me… and You!
Through my years of practice, I have seen how yoga can transform a person’s health, regardless of any physical conditions they have. I have worked with students who have had multiple back surgeries and cannot bend forward, people with scoliosis who need special modifications, and people with a range of medical issues. I love working with people who are struggling with a physical limitation, and who may be apprehensive about taking yoga. Together, we build their strength and flexibility, and watch the intelligence grow.
I believe yoga is for every body, but sometimes a body needs special attention and help. It is my purpose to provide a safe and supportive environment to grow through yoga.
And a Continuous Growth Process.
In addition to teaching yoga, I am also a professional Coach. I use my coaching competencies in my teaching to help students grow their practice. I ask questions to help students internalize their learnings and progress. To draw connections between things, I might discuss how poses are related. “Do you remember how we drew the tricep into the armpit when we lifted our arms over our head? Do that here in headstand too.” It’s about re-creating that feeling for yourself to keep bringing the experiences together in a way that allows students to recognize them. This accelerates the learning and awareness growth process.