Leila A. Fortier is an E-RYT® 500, YACEP® certified yoga teacher and founder of ANANTA, a registered yoga school without borders. ANANTA offers teacher trainings, workshops, and retreats utilizing ANANTA’s custom developed system on the art of teaching yoga. Leila holds over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry with a multitude of certifications as a master personal trainer, instructor, and consultant. After investing over a decade studying various forms of yoga, Leila completed her 200 hr. teacher training through Blue Fire Yoga while living abroad in Okinawa, Japan where she went on to teach yoga to active duty military and their families.
In 2015 Leila traveled to India to attain her 300HR. advanced teacher training through Rishikesh Yog Peeth, completing advanced studies in yogic philosophy, Ayurveda Marma techniques, and Yoga Nidra. She holds additional certifications in Yin Yoga, SUP Yoga, the Prison Yoga Project, and Yoga2Life as a certified Life Coach. In 2016 she completed her teacher training in the Ashtanga Primary Series through Tim Miller. Leila has studied and practiced with Paramguru Sharath Jois, Tim Miller, Mary Freeman, Ty Landrum, Tim Feldmann, Kino MacGregor, Kory Sheffer, and Taylor Hunt. She is currently studying the Ashtanga Advanced A Series under the guidance of Matt Champoux at The Mindful Body in San Francisco.
Leila specializes in Vinyasa, Hatha, and Yin, and most specifically, Ashtanga. She believes in fostering community connections and healing through service and advocacy, with special attention to trauma informed practices. She is passionate about her role as mentor to students and burgeoning teachers in devotion to their continued development through the art of teaching yoga. In her spare time, Leila is also a globally published author, artist, and photographer: www.leilafortier.com