Martha Leonard teaches a weekly Sea Change Yoga trauma-informed class to the women of Florence House, a Preble Street facility that offers temporary and permanent housing to chronically homeless women in Portland.
Martha has always found movement to be healing in her personal life, and initially completed her first formal 200-hour yoga training at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health to apply to her work as a special educator in the public system. Martha has since completed trainings in Breath Body and Mind breathing techniques and trauma-sensitive yoga, and uses these methods in her personal practice as well as all classes that she teaches. Martha believes that yoga should be accessible to everyone regardless of physical limitations, and she works hard to create classes that are inviting and empowering for all participants. Healing through deep connection to body and breath is something that Martha truly believes in to her core, and she is beyond grateful to be a part of the SeaChange community in building this movement.
Martha has recently switched careers and has moved out of special education to open a small food venue with her husband. When she isn’t feeding the Portland community yummy Colombian food she can usually be found by the ocean. She loves paddling, diving, biking and taking her yoga practice on the road to explore new places.