Leslie St. John

LESLIE ST. JOHN is a self-expression muse, helping people get “unstuck.” Using the modalities of yoga, Qoya, and writing, she helps people unshackle creativity, feel their bodies as allies, and cultivate more self-intimacy. She is creator of Prose and Poses and offers yoga and writing retreats (Upcoming retreats at Sagrada and the Mayan Riviera). She holds an MFA in poetry from Purdue University and is author of Beauty Like a Rope. Her writing is published in Elephant Journal, Teach.Yoga, Yoga Revolutionaries, Apersus Quartery, Oxford American, Rebelle Society, and Verse Daily. She teaches Literature at Cal Poly. A 500hr RYT, she has studied with Tias Little, Noah Maze, and Rocky Heron. Her classes have been described as “Sweaty and Spiritual.” Be prepared to move. Deepen your connection to your true self. You can find her writing at a café, hunting vintage shops, or hiking with her beagle Lucy in the hills of San Luis Obispo.

Learn more: www.proseandposes.com

IG: @proseandposes



Leslie St. John instructs the following:
  • Strong Vinyasa
  • These more advanced and active classes will energize, challenge, and inspire you. For those who like more of a workout, these classes turn on the internal fire and focus on building strength, stamina, and flexibility with lots of standing poses and some inversions. These classes are faster paced and connect movement with breath. Good for those with at least 3-6 months of (sweet) vinyasa yoga experience. Not suitable for beginners.

  • Fall Back to Move Forward – A Yoga & Writing Workshop
  • Fall is a great time to look at our past, so we can move forward. As leaves turn green to gold and eventually carpet the ground with copper, we can take a cue from nature to release old stories and rewrite new ones.

    In this yoga and writing workshop, we will focus on backbends to awaken our hearts and energize our potential. Opening the four stations of shoulders and hips will create more freedom to explore poses like Ustrasana, Camatkarasana, Urdhva Dhanurasana, and Kapotasana. We will establish the nuts-and-bolts of backbanding as well as offer advanced variations to expand your practice.

    Adopting the Middle Way approach—not “all fun” or “too hard” but both “effort” and “sweetness”--, you will begin to feel your body as your ally. From that place of connection, we will discover self-growth practices to reframe old narratives, navigate your inner critic, learn about the happiness advantage, and embrace your unbounded potential.

    When: Sat. Nov. 4, 2018 from 1pm-4pm

    Cost: $45 (10% off for SDY Members & Staff)

    About Leslie:

    "LESLIE ST. JOHN, creator of Prose and Poses, is a self-expression muse, helping people get "unstuck." Using the modalities of yoga, Qoya, and writing, she helps people unshackle creativity, feel their bodies as allies, and cultivate more self-intimacy. Her graduate degree is from Purdue University, and she is a certified 500hr yoga teacher, studying with Tias Little and Noah Mazé. When she's not teaching English at Cal Poly or one of her many yoga classes, workshops, and retreats, you'll find her writing at a café, hunting vintage shops, or hiking with her dog.


  • Sweet Vinyasa
  • Our vinyasa classes are generally more active. Expect to sweat to a faster paced class that connects movement with breath. These classes will energize, challenge, and inspire you. Expect to build strength, flexibility, mobility, and core integration. This class is for all levels and we try to offer plenty of options for the beginner or advanced yogi so it's a healthy challenge. For those who like more of a workout, these classes will focus on challenging standing poses, basic arm balances & inversions.