Leslie Salmon Jones is a professional dancer, certified holistic personal trainer, wellness coach, yoga instructor, seasoned public speaker and creator of Afro Flow Yoga™ (www.afroflowyoga.com). Leslie began ballet and Afro Caribbean dance at the age of seven. It was through her intensive dance training at the esteemed Alvin Ailey American Dance Center that Leslie was first introduced to yoga, and nearly twenty years later, she remains dedicated to her yoga practice. Leslie had the opportunity to study and train with world-renowned masters of dance, yoga and spirituality. She is deeply grateful for the guidance of all of her teachers at Alvin Ailey, White Cloud Yoga, Sivananda, Jivamukti, Universal Force Yoga and for the spiritual guidance of Maude Evans, Gurunam, Mailidoma Some and Mandaza Kandemwa. Leslie attributes her strong foundation and core values to her mother, Beverley Salmon, former nurse and grassroots politician, and her father, Dr. John Douglas Salmon, Canada’s first black Chief of Surgery, both civil rights activists.
A Toronto, Ontario native, Leslie has called NYC and Boston home for over 15 years, and enjoyed teaching, training, speaking and performing nationally and abroad. The concept of fusing dance and yoga was Leslie’s inspiration born from traveling extensively throughout Africa and the Caribbean. It was the connection with African spirituality, yogic principals and the intrinsic expression of movement through nature’s elements that inspired Leslie to create Afro Flow Yoga™. She has also produced two wellness DVDs: “Core Strength: Back to Basics” and “Core Power: Radiate the Energy Within”.
Currently, Leslie is an Ambassador for lululemon athletica’s Boston, MA store and teaches Afro Flow Yoga, Core Strength and Core Power throughout the metro Boston area. To learn more about Leslie’s work outside of Afro Flow Yoga, visit: www.lesliesalmonjones.com.