Sharon Salzberg – Metta Hour – Ep. 115 – Leslie Salmon Jones

Sharon Salzberg - Metta Hour - Ep. 115 - Leslie Salmon Jones

For Episode 115 of the Metta Hour Podcast, Sharon is in conversation with teacher, Leslie Salmon Jones.

Leslie Salmon Jones is a professional dancer, yoga instructor, wellness coach, public speaker, and community activist. She is the founder of Afro Flow Yoga, connecting African spirituality, yogic principals, the intrinsic expression of movement through nature’s elements and a transformational journey throughout Africa and the Caribbean. Leslie is also a co-creator and faculty member for the annual Omega Women’s Leadership Intensive and at the Omega Women’s Leadership Center. In this episode, Sharon speaks to Leslie about her journey as a practitioner, and path as a teacher. The conversation closes with Leslie leading a 10-minute guided meditation. To learn more about Leslie’s work, you can visit her website at

Finding The Light

Leslie shares her early introductions to a deeper inner-life and the possibilities of contemplative practice. She and Sharon speak about how, later in life,  Leslie came to develop Afro Flow Yoga and her holistic approach to fitness, wellness, and life.

“Yoga and breathing are helpful (with pain and sensations in the body) in noticing what comes up. Not judging it, but noticing that it comes up and let it go.” – Leslie Salmon Jones

Healing Through Yoga (15:35)

How can we use yoga and breathwork to manage pain and unwanted sensations? Leslie and Sharon look at what happens when we approach these practices with a compassionate and open heart.

“It is really important to remember that this is a practice, not a perfection. It is meeting ourselves where we are.” – Leslie Salmon Jones

Embody & Awaken (44:20)

Leslie closes the show with a 10-minute guided meditation practice that connects us with our body and soul.

Explore how innovative yoga instructors, like Leslie, are breaking through the stereotypes and barriers that restrict access to practice on the Awakened Heart Blog: Why Yoga Is One (Ancient) Size Fits All

Sharon Salzberg - Metta Hour - Ep. 115 - Leslie Salmon Jones

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