Meet Leah Ward, our North Carolina ambassador!
One of our wonderful Moonchild ambassadors, Leah, is the type of woman that will want you to get up and move! Leah grew up playing soccer, tennis, hiking, running and riding horses. After years of physically demanding sports, she realized the toll that it had taken on her body, leaving her in ongoing pain. In 2014 she discovered Buti Yoga and became certified to teach at a local studio. Not only was this a huge shift in her life physically, it also offered her the opportunity to find her true passion of helping others succeed.
Leah now resides in NC where she co-owns and manages Barre-Up, the studio she has been practicing at for over 4 years. She and her best friend, who she became certified with, decided to take their passion to the next level and purchase the Barre-Up studio in the fall of 2017. They can now be constantly immersed in their passion for motivating and helping all levels achieve their goals and create a happy, safe environment for the community
Leah’s quirky, upbeat personality and always interesting 'Rhythm and Poetry' music choices help drive her passion and happy vibes. She is continuously inspired by the magic that yoga brings to the world and how it helps promote, encourage and empower women (and everyone) to be the best versions of themselves. In 2017 Leah was honored to be voted among the "Best Fitness Instructors in Raleigh" along with helping her studio win “Best in Raleigh” for 2018. She is currently 200 hr RYT Buti Yoga, Buti Flow, Vinyasa, Hot Core/Sculpt, Pilates Mat and Barre certified.
What does yoga mean to you?
“Yoga is so much more than a series of poses. Yoga taught me how to love myself and bring joy to others in the world. Yoga makes me feel calm, confident, beautiful, strong, graceful (sometimes) and overall a happier, better person. It brings joy to my life and I’m grateful to be able to share it with others.”
What makes you happy?
“Helping and seeing someone reach a goal they maybe never thought they had or were capable of is one of the most rewarding aspects I’ve found in life. My tribe and community, which have become my family keeps me motivated and moving on even my toughest days and for that I am forever grateful and happy.
On a best day, I’ll have yoga with inversions, nature, friends, and my furry loves (corgis)…..and probably a glass of good wine. My hope is that everyone is able to find their own happy and even if it’s a smile to a stranger, somehow find their way to spread that out into the world.”
What is your favorite yoga to practice?
“Although I enjoy all aspects of the practice, my heart belongs to Buti Yoga. The transformation and change in myself and others is breathtaking. Buti is a Marathi Indian term for “the cure to something that’s been hidden away or kept secret”. Buti focuses heavily on chakras and has helped show me what I’m truly capable of.”
What do you love about Moonchild Yoga Wear?
“Moonchild Yoga Wear is not only beautiful, empowering and feminine, but it also is one of the most comfortable lines I’ve ever tried. I was instantly sold after my first pair. Their quality, attention to detail and breathability is hands down, the best.”
You can follow Leah on her personal Instagram with the handle @leahmward_ and her studio's handle @barreupraleigh and read more and follow along in Leah's world here.