Yoga Goodness Teachers
Leslie began practicing yoga in 2008 with Nancy Allen, her primary teacher. She continued her studies and practice of yoga with Desiree Rumbaugh, Cyndi Lee, Lila Brown, Paul and Sommer Sobin, and other wonderful teachers. She graduated in 2014 from the Thousand Petals Yoga Program in Chapel Hill, N.C. Leslie hopes to inspire voluptuous women like herself to have a more positive relationship with their bodies. Her classes incorporate gentle movement in sync with the breath and emphasize proper alignment for both freedom and stability.
In 1989, Michael Preston was certified to teach by his teacher, Muhkti Singh Sahib Guru Charin Singh Khalsa, Ph.D., of The Kundalini Research Institution in Wellesley, Massachusetts, in the first graduating class of Kundalini Yoga Teacher within Sikh Dharma (West)
He has also taught Yang Style Tai Chi since his completion of the Teacher Training Program at Boston Kung Fu Tai Chi Institute in 1991.
Michael has taught at such institutions as Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Radcliffe College. He currently teaches Tai Chi and Dragon Tiger Chi Kung at Yoga Goodness.
Chris Mancari is a writer and yogi interested in healing the body and mind. Receiving her 200 hour certification through Asheville Yoga Center, in North Carolina, she hopes to continue her education to become certified in trauma informed yoga to help underserved communities, trauma survivors and incarcerated peoples.
Chris came to the practice as a way to address unresolved trauma from her past, but as she moved forward with her own healing she realized that were endless benefits to the practice. She has most recently become interested in alignment and strength— believing that a fully healthy person gives the mind, body and spirit equal care and attention. Her heart is most eager to help others learn to love themselves fully.
Julia began practicing yoga in 2013 as a way to stay fit, and quickly realized the practice was not only helping her gain more strength and flexibility, but also providing a sense of inward calm and contentment. She decided to pursue this healing path and, after becoming RYT-200 certified in 2017, she began teaching Vinyasa and Yin Yoga at Sadhana Yoga Delaware, under the tutelage of Jennifer Sweigart, a former principle dancer for the Nashville Ballet.
Julia currently lives in Virginia, teaching Vinyasa and Yin. Her classes are centered around the idea that through asana, breath work, and meditation, we can begin to release the physical and emotional tensions that cause us grief, and reunite and re-member our true self — a self that is full of peace, full of power, and full of wisdom.