Our Founder and Executive director
He moved from California to Birmingham in 2015 for a PhD program in Biology at UAB. He found his practice at Birmingham Yoga shortly after moving here and has found ongoing healing within the Ashtanga and Kundalini traditions. His practice was an essential tool for self healing and empowerment as Leucas began his medical transition in Birmingham. Wanting to give these tools of healing back to his communities, Leucas has devoted himself to his personal practice and to teaching. The truth that Leucas has found in his practice has led him to building this non-profit and graduating from the 200hr Birmingham Yoga Teacher Training program with Akasha Ellis in 2018.
Leucas is an advocate for social justice and equity and believes that yoga can be a powerful tool for social change. He strives to make his classes welcoming to all identities and ability levels and focuses on creating spaces where we can all feel celebrated and valued. When Leucas gets some time away from his work he enjoys traveling, scuba diving, surfing, sketching and cuddling his cat but not always in that order:)
Hey, I’m Stevie!
I first came to yoga in May of 2016 after dealing with an extensive depressive episode. As soon as I left my first class, a wave of liberation swept over me. I knew that yoga was going to somehow help me overcome the barrage of mental barriers I was experiencing. Not only did it help me with my mental health concerns, but it also inspired me to share this practice with others. I knew that if yoga could help me, it could help others too. That’s when I decided to complete my 200-hr YTT with YogaWorks. My intention is to share this practice with others as a viable tool, so they too can overcome their own mental barriers.
As someone who has struggled with generalized anxiety disorder for much of my life, I have always searched for peace and stillness of the mind. In 2007 I decided to try yoga. To my amazement, I found relief in a calming practice that allowed my mind to flourish and my body to grow in strength. Yoga has allowed me to cultivate and explore the connection between mind and body. After years of personal practice, I was moved to deepen my knowledge and share yoga with others. I graduated from teacher training with HereNowYoga under the instruction of Kim Drye and Becca Impello in 2017. I have continued my education into 2018 to include certification in the practice of chair yoga.
My style focuses on gentle and restorative movements that encourage flexibility and relaxation. Utilizing props to promote alignment and accessibility to all abilities and levels of fitness. I believe there is no greater gift than compassion, the compassion we extend to others and reflect on to ourselves. My goal is to create a safe environment for people to explore the body’s potential and reconnect with stillness that exists in the mind. In my spare time I love to travel, read, write poetry, and sing.
Nourished by the Alabama sunshine, Tori Wolfe-Sisson is a peaceful warrior. Born on the West Coast and raised by the South, they bring a unique vibe to the practice. Whatever you do, expect an adventure.
Born and raised in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA. Moved to Birmingham, AL in 2011 after years of struggling with mental health and drug abuse issues. Graduated from UAB with a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences in 2017.
Spent most my life feeling I would never actually get to fully live it, feeling like I was cursed by all the secrets I kept about who I truly was. Keeping them a secret only because I was fearful that something was not right with me and I would lose those closest to me. Thought that with time it would all go away. That I would find a place where I fit in even if it meant I wasn’t able to be fully me. But that was never meant to be. I found a space and a place here in Birmingham where I was able to be authentically me in front of others for the first time; an unapologetic transman. A dormant seed for most my life, Birmingham offered me the conditions I needed to grow and start becoming what I was always meant to be. I want to express my gratitude for all the support I have received from my community here in Birmingham. I am here for you in any way I can be.
Teryy McKinney. 26. He/Him/His
Unapologetically a transman of color..
Respectfully letting my light and love shine throughout the south..
Humble and encouraging throughout my journey and experiences..
Compassion and gratitude for the community that I serve..
Loyalty to the process of change and strength in myself and others..