I’m Sammee Leigh, a certified Stråla Yoga Guide, Holistic Health Coach and Self-Care Advocate working & living in New York City.
Fitness has changed my life in ways I never thought possible. I never anticipated that yoga and the wellness world would be part of my daily, professional life. Growing up, I’ve always been active but that was shelved as I began my career in the fast-paced industry of broadcast news. After years of constantly being “on”, I needed something to help me deal with the stress. I began practicing yoga at home with YouTube videos, DVDs and occasionally hopping around to various yoga studios. Soon I started noticing sizable changes in myself on and off the mat. Yoga empowered me to take better care of myself by inviting balance back into my life while also making it easier to distance myself from things that didn't positively serve me.
I was inspired to become a holistic health coach after my mother was diagnosed with Type-2 Diabetes, I wanted to help her eat better and make other lifestyle changes to maximize her quality of life on her terms. I realized that she’s not alone in needing this guidance. Many people want to live a well-balanced life but have trouble figuring out the best method for themselves. My approach is about inclusion not exclusion, creating a positive, open-minded approach to living a healthy sustainable life. I believe that true wellness is all about moving more in a way that feels naturally good and fun; nourishing the body with nutritious and delicious foods, all while being kind to yourself so you can thoroughly enjoy this life.
"I believe that true wellness is all about living more in a way that feels natural to you; being in alignment with yourself."
Health and wellness are not one size fits all. It’s not about conformity or stepping out of your comfort zone. It's about expanding your comfort zone from the inside out, starting right where you are, working with what you have, to achieve what you want. Utilizing the four pillars of S.E.L.F. to cultivate a healthy sustainable way of living that works for you. S.E.L.F. stands for Sweat, Eat, Live and Feel. How we move, eat, live and think all have a major impact on the quality of our lives.
Everyone should be unapologetic in their pursuit of a healthy life. I’m here to help you make friends with food, love your body and live your dream life by providing you with all of the necessary tools, accountability, and support you'll need to be successful on your journey to becoming your best, most confident self.
I'm on a mission to empower and inspire individuals to eat, move, think and live better on their terms!
Certified Health and Wellness Coach, Dr. Sears Wellness Institute 2017
Trauma-Informed Yoga Instructor, Exhale To Inhale 2016
Certified Trauma Informed Yoga Instructor, Isha Yoga 2016
Certified Stråla Yoga Guide, Strala Yoga 2016
A WELL BODY
A WELL MIND
A WELL BEING
A holistic approach to LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE
Stråla Yoga Guide
You are probably wondering what Stråla is, aren't you? Stråla is a way of being, moving and healing, that helps you connect with how you feel, move how it feels good, and handle challenges with ease. Founded by Tara Stiles in 2008, this fun, laid-back yet energetic, dogma-free yoga practice, blends the principles of yoga and tai chai to activate your body’s Relaxation Response by moving gently while exploring where you are, rather than forcing to be somewhere else. Movement begins with your breath. Every inhale opens and creates space, every exhale relaxes and lets you move easily into the space you create.
Stråla class types include STRONG (intense flow), RELAX (chill flow), ENERGIZE (invigorating flow), BASICS (awareness flow), GENTLE (restorative flow) and Stråla 45 (core flow). All Stråla classes move slowly and continuously, guided with deep breath and easygoing movement from your middle, without endpoints. No gimmicks; this is yoga that moves far beyond poses, helping you blow past your goals and expands your limits from the inside out; cracking you wide open. You’ll get strong, let stress go, and accomplish tremendous challenges with ease, while getting healthy and happy from the inside out!
Come make shapes with me in class!
Private and small group instruction is available by appointment - and is ideal for those with specific physical goals or constraints, athletic teams and corporate business employees. Email email@example.com to book.
Holistic Health Coach
THE COACHING EXPERIENCE
My mission is to educate, equip and empower you with practical, science-based, well-researched resources to improve the quality of your life on your terms through the principles of Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition. This holistic approach to health and wellness means that I look at how all areas of your life are connected. Does stress at your job or in your relationship cause you to overeat? Does lack of sleep or low energy prevent you from exercising? As we work together, we will look at how all parts of your life affect your health and vibrancy as a whole. You’ll develop a deeper understanding of the food and lifestyle choices that work best for you and implement lasting changes that will improve your energy, balance and health. I provide you with the best tools, guidance, action driven blueprints, and performance evaluation for this kind of journey; hands down. You’ll be fitting wellness into your life, in less than five minutes after starting.
You don’t have to fear judgment. I'm here to help you nourish your life in order for you to flourish!
I am not the food police. I will not tell you to eat less. (phew). It is my role to be your guide and accountability buddy towards bringing you into greater vibrancy.
This is not a diet! It’s healthy habits woven into your lifestyle. Think of it like shopping for cool new clothes. These pieces are added to your already existing wardrobe; any of your old items that don't fit anymore you eventual ditch.
I don't do quick-fixes. Why? Because they don't work over the long haul. If you want quick, then you don't want long-term, sustainable and if that's the case, I'll be straight with you and say I'm not the one for you.
My method works, and I know if we work together, you’ll be thrilled with the results.
Your health isn't a luxury; it's necessity. Services offered:
- Coaching Session
- S.E.L.F. Action Program
- De-Junk Your Kitchen
*Coaching clients receive 15% off all private yoga sessions!
If you think these services are not affordable for you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about a lower payment; this is one of the ways I stand for equality and access for all.
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YOGA IN BED: RISE & SHINE
Set the tone for the day! Try this 9 minute simple flow to wake up the body and the mind so you can go do something great! Share with a friend and let me know how it goes!
YOGA TO UNWIND
Unravel the tension, calm the mind and power down with this 13 minute simple flow.
Share with a friend and let me know how it goes!
Yoga Kitchen & Co.: Headaches
TRT: When you feel a headache coming on, suddenly the only thing that matters is relieving that tension — and fast. This 10 minute video is packed with a few solutions found outside of a pill bottle; consider breathing exercises, gentle yoga moves, essential oils, and food to get you right as rain. Share with a friend and let me know how it goes! Read more here.
YOGA FOR ABS & ARMS
This sequence is a shorty but a goody, packing major benefits in just 2 minutes:
- helps lengthen & realign the spine
- gently stretches the hips, thighs & ankles
- stretches & opens the shoulders, chest, arms, upper back and neck.
A little can go a long way! Repeat as often as you like to build strength in the entire body while dropping tension.