I spent the first 25 years of my life stuck in the whirlwind of my own mind.
Don’t get me wrong: my brain got me pretty far. I graduated with honors from one of the best high schools in the country, cum laude from a top 10 university, started a theatre company, and was celebrated by bosses and friends alike.
I also had a number of nervous breakdowns.
After relying on my intellect, it became clear that wasn’t enough. Five years in therapy introduced me to the rest of me — my emotions, my body, my values. But it wasn’t until Hurricane Katrina in 2005 that I began to learn a different way of living. I had no choice but to ask a Higher Power to get me through that tough time.
For the last ten years, I have practiced yoga, meditation, singing and built a great community. Daily practice – even if it’s just a 5 minute prayer – keep me connected, clear, and stable.
I am physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually fit. And it’s not even boring.
I help smart people to get out of their heads and back into their bodies and their hearts.
What does that really mean? Here’s how a few of my clients have explained the experience of working together:
“I left my session with Vera feeling enthusiastic, grounded, and capable!”
“When we first met I felt angry at the world… Those feelings are still in the background but now I am able to not let them control my life. Now I have a greater compassion and empathy.”
“That [yoga] class was mind-bending.”
If you’d like to get off the merry-go-round in your own brain without losing your sense of humor, I’d love to work with you. My work is a combination of the yoga you know and love, informal coaching, established inquiry, and a little magic. And sometimes we even color.
Vera Lester is a yoga teacher, officiant, and speaker who brings humor and reality to a spiritual way of life. She teaches vinyasa flow and Bowspring classes at Wild Lotus Yoga, which has been voted the Top Place to Take a Yoga Class in New Orleans 13 times in a row. She works privately with clients in their homes and in the studio to deepen their practice, help them get to know themselves, and heal their bodies and hearts. She is especially passionate about teaching yoga to recovering addicts and alcoholics at Odyssey House of Louisiana.
Prior to starting this crazy new life, Vera was a professional fundraiser for dynamic nonprofits in New Orleans. She designed and initiated $5 Million campaign for the regional economic development alliance Greater New Orleans, Inc., ran the popular weekly concert series YLC Wednesday at the Square for the Young Leadership Council, and won over $1 million in grants for the Contemporary Arts Center following Hurricane Katrina. Her undergraduate degree is in Theatre from Northwestern University. She’s a proud Native New Orleanian, and has been described as “like a great jazz song” by her favorite t-shirt company in the world, Dirty Coast Press.