Meet RYAN LEIER of ONE YOGA
A #SOCIALintheCITY at Wanderlust Whistler 2015 Interview
Social City Networking INC. is about COMMUNITY, encouraging members of the community to become more engaged positively, as well as supporting the businesses and entrepreneurs that strive to create a positive contribution within it. We aim encourage our community to become community leaders, and that they are capable of anything. We believe that networking and connecting to like-minded individuals positively contributes to both personal and professional aspects of life.
We are proud to have Wanderlust influencer and instructor Ryan Leier share his story with us, and all of you!
About Ryan: Passionate and inspirational, Ryan Leier brings a creative energy to every class he teaches; whether in his own One Yoga studios or as an ambassador of yoga to communities around the world. With a distinct expression of ancient traditions that touches his students’ hearts, Ryan’s commitment to honoring his teachers leads him to be equally devoted to continuing his studies as to teaching.
Ryan is primarily a student of the Krishamacharya yoga lineage having received teachings directly from the Master, Sri BKS Iyengar and the Ashtanga Guru, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Registered as an E-RYT 500, RCYT, the highest designation with the Yoga Alliance, Ryan also trains with the extraordinary teachers Father Joe Pereira (Iyengar Yoga); Baron Baptiste; Dina T; Danny Paradise; Eddie Modestini and Nicki Doane (Maya Yoga); and Srivatsa Ramaswami (Vinyasa Krama). Ryan is rooted in local sacred teachings, and he regularly studies and serves the Elders in his home province of Saskatchewan (which comes from the Cree word kisiskaciwani-spiv meaning “swift flowing river”).
Drawing profound inspiration from his daughters, Kiyah and Thora Grace, Ryan created Vinyasa Yoga for Youth, an innovative non-profit organisation designed to meet the physical, mental and spiritual needs of youth ages 5 – 22 through the empowering practice of yoga. Ryan’s dedication to connecting with his community has also led to his role as an ambassador for lululemon athletica.
Ryan is a firm believer that through steady practice and devotion, all people – regardless of age, gender, race or religion – can experience the Oneness of Yoga.
Describe what community means to you in one word:
Why do you do what you do?
To be of service, as well as I have a passion for yoga.
What about Wanderlust attracted you to become engaged positively in the festival, and how do you feel being engaged benefits the community?
What attracted me to be engaged was music and yoga coming together and the idea of bringing different styles and flavors of yoga together. It benefits by bringing peoples energies together to cultivate more love, presence and health.
Out of these three words, which one is your favorite and why? Collaborate, Cultivate, Create:
Create. There is freedom in creating. We were born to create and love each other.
Why is community important to you? How is it vital to you professionally?
Community gives me space to give and receive. Community helps me keep me in check, gives me support, and gives me the opportunity to thrive.
What are your socially conscious contributions to your community, and what inspired the idea behind them?
I try in my daily life to be conscious and caring with the environment, the animals and the people. I’ve helped to create to nonprofits that are designed to bring youth the opportunity and tools to lead a life of positivity, purpose and kindness. Check out Vinyasa Yoga for Youth and Fierce Grace foundation.
What is your favorite ways/places/classes to get SOCIAL at Wanderlust, and why?
My favorite way to get social at Wanderlust is by going to the yoga classes, checking out the music and going to local restaurants. I also love doing outdoor adventures, the trees and the lakes!
In your own opinion, how would you encourage others to live more socially engaged within our community?
I would encourage people to “Get up Stand Up” for what they believe in and to use their voices. There is so work to be done. Together we are stronger. The love we share has a tremendous amount of power.
Find out more about Ryan and what he’s up to here.
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