Workshops & Events



Nancy Leigh-Smith, M.A., E-RYT-500, has been studying and practicing yoga for many years. During ten years as part of a community that emphasized meditation, scriptural study, seva (service), chanting and devotion to a spiritual leader, her practice was centered around the non-physical aspects of yoga, and included asana (posture) practice only sporadically. Following a car accident, she delved into asana practice to recover from a back injury. Inspired by her own experience of healing, she began teaching. Nancy is a graduate of the three-year Advanced Studies program at the Yoga Room, Berkeley, where she studied with Donald Moyer, Mary Lou Weprin, Gay White and Sandy Blaine, as well as other members of the faculty. She took part in the first Relax & Renew® Training (2001) and first Advanced Relax & Renew® Training (2006) with Judith Lasater at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco, and is a certified Advanced Relax and Renew Trainer®. Nancy also holds a California credential in Health & Safety/Physical Fitness. She taught at San Lorenzo and Hayward Adult Schools, where her yoga classes were co-sponsored by Kaiser, and where she also incorporated yoga into her English as a Second Language classes.  She taught at Alameda Yoga Station from 2004-2012, and Castro Valley Yoga from 2004-2009. From June, 2009- December, 2012, she owned Yoga in the Middle Studio in Castro Valley. Following the studio’s closure, Nancy resumed teaching classes at Castro Valley Yoga (now located at 3160 Castro Valley Blvd. across the street from the previous location), and also teaches at Anasa Yoga, a certified Green Business located in the Laurel District in Oakland.

She offers occasional workshops on a variety of topics, and leads weekend yoga retreats approximately once a year in California. Nancy welcomes adult students of all ages, sizes and levels of experience to her classes, workshops and retreats (please note experience level of each class/event to select one appropriate for you).