Steven Leonard

Steven Leonard, a Lead Faculty member at Kripalu, is a functional movement specialist, meditation educator, teacher trainer for the Kripalu School of Yoga, and a Mindful Outdoor Guide. His goal is to support individuals as they experience a deeper connection, both physically and mentally. Whether you are looking to relieve chronic pain, reclaim your body, or train for your first 5K or marathon, Steven’s guidance can help you feel strong, balanced, and free. He is influenced by teachers such as Lorin Roche, Jonathan Foust (Sudhir), and Tom Myers. He is also an outdoor enthusiast, amateur sushi chef, and cares deeply for his family.

“Steven is generous and patient with all of his students, and he demonstrates the most remarkable ability to hold space for others and allow grace to lead the way.”—Lisa P.

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  • There’s No Wrong Way to Meditate

    Whether you’re looking to cultivate more freedom, balance, joy, gratitude, or flow, there’s a meditation practice that will spark and nurture that quality—and it doesn’t have to involve sitting on a cushion with your eyes closed.

  • The Yoga of Fatherhood

    Kripalu faculty member Steven Leonard shares what he's learned since his daughter was born, and what he strives to embody as a co-parent, yogi, and father.

  • Beginner's Yoga with Steven Leonard

    Enjoy a Kripalu Yoga class for beginners with Kripalu School of Yoga faculty Steven Leonard.

  • What’s Your Practice?

    Steven Leonard, Lead Faculty member at Kripalu, offers a simple exercise to identify the practices that support your deeper intentions, desires, and relationships.

  • The Art of Non-Doing

    Try these daily practices for slowing down from Steven Leonard, Lead Faculty at Kripalu.

  • 15-Minute Meditation with Steven Leonard

    Experience the five elements of a core Kripalu meditation.

  • Meditation: A Dance Between You and Life

    Meditation is a dance between you and life—a rhythm of body, breath, nature, emotion, infinite space, and everything in between.

  • Using the Senses as a Portal to Meditation

    The next time you meditate, experiment with keeping your eyes open. In the same way you sense the inner experience of thoughts, emotions, and sensations, embrace the outer world.

  • Meditation and the Art of Inclusive Awareness

    Steven Leonard guides a meditation for releasing tension and finding balance.

  • Cultivating Self-Compassion Through Birding

    Kripalu teachers reflect on how birding can be a contemplative practice that focuses on the thrill of the moment rather than checking species off a list.

  • Does Silence Scare You?

    Silence can be frightening, because it opens the door to thoughts and emotions that noise keeps at bay.

  • Yoga for Your Health

    Many of us have experienced the immediate results of practicing yoga: less stress and a sense of calm. But regular practice could also yield long-term health benefits.

  • Establishing a Daily Meditation Practice, the Freestyle Way

    We know daily meditation is good for us, yet we find it incredibly challenging to integrate it into our daily lives. But what if we allowed ourselves to expand our concept of practice?

  • In Through the Outdoors: The Gifts of Mindful Walking

    The process of meditation is sometimes described as moving from thinking to feeling, says Kripalu faculty member Steven Leonard, a meditation and yoga teacher.

  • The Slow Revolution: Why and How to Change Gears

    In our high-speed world, slowing down and stemming the tide of information feels revolutionary. At the same time, shifting gears has never been more important for our physical and mental health.

  • Five Yoga Poses for Staying Grounded During the Holidays

    Twisting yourself into a pretzel this holiday season trying to get everything done? Come back to center with one of these practices from our Kripalu Schools faculty.

  • Eight Windows into Meditation

    Sitting on a cushion isn't the only way to reap the benefits of this powerful practice.

  • Flexing Your Mental Muscles

    We all know that exercise can help keep our bodies strong and healthy, but can it affect brain function as well? A recent story on NPR highlights research...

  • The Benefits of Yoga + Snowshoeing

    When the snow falls, stoke your inner fire with the perfect union of winter sports and yoga!

  • The Benefits of Silence for Body and Mind

    Just as noise triggers a range of detrimental effects on the body’s systems, silence can help heal those challenges. Studies show that silence can actually stimulate new cell growth in the brain, improve memory, and release tension.

  • Embracing Beginner’s Mind

    Beginner’s mind, like everything else, is a choice. When we choose to turn down our knee-jerk assumptions, we may find a spaciousness that we didn’t know...