Sami Lea Konczewski
Yoga saved Sami’s life; it’s from that place of determination and vulnerability that she teaches. A former ballerina, Sami originally turned to yoga to give her pain relief after back and hip surgery at 16 and 21. Then in late 2014, Sami tragically lost her then fiancé. Her experience with trauma and grief completely changed her outlook on yoga. It was no longer simply a way to challenge her physicality; rather, it became an imperative tool towards survival and peace. Equipped with the tools and committed to love, Sami stayed committed to a happy ending. She got married in 2019 to her incredible husband Patrick and they are expecting a daughter in July 2019. Sami will return to Love Yoga Festival as a new mother! Armed with experience, grace, and empathy, Sami’s classes mix creatively challenging sequencing with candid rawness and emotion.
Sami has completed multiple 200 hour teacher trainings in both Baptiste and Vinyasa yoga. She also completed Down Under School of Yoga’s 300 Hour Teacher Training under Natasha Rizopoulos. Sami has been featured in various national publications as a cover model, teacher, and contributor including Origin Magazine , Mantra Yoga & Health, Colorado Yoga Magazine , and N ew York Yoga + Life; and in the book The Yoga Fix .
With a gypsy-like thirst for travel, Sami leads retreats around the world. From Burning Man and Yoga Reaches Out to Wanderlust and Love Yoga Festival, she has taught and assisted at many festivals and events, but her most humbling memory was the opportunity to teach at The White House during the annual Easter Egg Roll celebration. Teaching yoga to smiling children as the President and First Lady led the national anthem is something she’ll never forget.
Sami currently teaches at Down Under School of Yoga in Boston. Learn more about her at samileayoga.com.