Leanne Whiting is an educator, author, facilitator, and mother renowned for her creative and playful methods of teaching through story. Leanne is the founder of Grow A Lotus Yoga, a school dedicated to embodying the practices of yoga through movement, mindfulness, and empathy. Leanne is the author of Be Like A Tree, a children’s yoga book and resource for families and teachers. The book has yoga illustrations woven throughout the story to foster movement through the story with a sense of playfulness and connection to nature, while building self-awareness, confidence and empathy. Breathe. Read. Yoga is Leanne's most recent endeavour. This online yoga program brings calm to your classroom with breathing practices, children's literature and physical postures to embody the story. Leanne is a Master’s of Education student at St. Francis Xavier University where she is developing her thesis on the experiences of yoga in the elementary classroom.
Amanda Kirby-Sheppard is a creative and strategic communications professional whose career has taken her from centre ice at the IIHF World Women's Hockey Championship in her hometown of Halifax, to coordinating the red carpet of the Sydney Film Festival in Australia, and back again. She has spent nearly 20 years leading successful sales, marketing, recruitment and fundraising campaigns in not-for-profit sectors, municipal government and post-secondary institutions and joined Grow A Lotus Yoga in late 2021 as the director of sales and marketing. A determined and passionate saleswoman, she sets her sights on achieving her goals and she doesn't like to take no for an answer. And Amanda is determined and passionate about how the Breathe. Read. Yoga program can bring calm to every classroom across Nova Scotia - and ultimately, the world... so consider yourself forewarned.