Leanne Whiting is an educator, author, facilitator, and mother renowned for her creative and playful methods of teaching through story. Leanne is the founder of Grow A Lotus Yoga, a school dedicated to embodying the practices of yoga through movement, mindfulness, and empathy. She has developed Getting to the Heart of the Matter (Engaging in Compassionate Conversations) a leadership development program for self-awareness and empathic communication to help individuals and organizations navigate challenging conversations. Leanne is the author of Be Like A Tree, a children’s yoga book and resource for families and teachers. The book has yoga illustrations woven throughout the story to foster movement through story with a sense of playfulness and connection to nature, while building self-awareness, confidence and empathy. Leanne is a Master’s of Education student at St. Francis Xavier University where she is developing her thesis on the experiences of yoga in the elementary classroom.