Lesley Reilly is a registered Baptiste Power Yoga Institute and Yoga Alliance 500-hour certified teacher. Lesley was the founder and owner of bCalm Power Yoga in Hopkinton MA, a Baptiste Affiliate studio and a Yoga Alliance 200 hour Registered Yoga School. As an E-RYT500, she leads accredited yoga teacher training programs annually. She is active in community based non-profit yoga organizations including Yoga Reaches Out and Africa Yoga Project. Lesley has been strongly influenced and supported by her teacher and mentor Baron Baptiste. Lesley has introduced yoga in several community action initiatives, offering restorative yoga support and instruction, including The Sharon Timlin Memorial 5K Race/Walk and Family Fun Day to Cure ALS (a major ALS fundraiser with over 2,500 people attending and in total, and over $1 million being raised toward research for a cure), The American Cancer Society Relay for Life participants, and The Boston Marathon runners. Lesley developed specific yoga programs to meet the academic and athletic challenges of today’s modern youth through “Pre MCAS” yoga instruction to alleviate exam pressure and anxiety. They have developed a student athlete conditioning yoga program, focusing on injury prevention and performance enhancement for aspiring young athletes.
After a series of high impact sports and strength training injuries depleted her joints and led to two knee surgeries in 1996, she was eager to rebuild her strength when she entered her first power vinyasa yoga class. A transformation within stirred and Lesley became more than a student of yoga. She decided to become teacher when she discovered Baptiste Power Yoga. The practice taught her to slow her pace, be still, feel and to breathe. She found true meaning in “the present moment.” This powerful Baptiste style of yoga was the most physically and mentally challenging experience she had ever encountered; thus her new passion emerged. Her inner connection with yoga and being present in the moment led her to want to share this gift with others. Introducing yoga and leading her students on a journey of self-discovery fuels her practice and instruction every day. Lesley brings power, grace, humor and enthusiasm to her yoga classes as she encourages and guides her students to awaken and explore unexpected places within themselves, to challenge their own preconceived limitations, and to lead them through a deeper connection to the true self.