Completed More Than 500 Hours of Yoga Training
Registered with YTT, YSI and an ASL Interpreter

Hatha Yoga Classes in ASL Language 


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More than 30 years ago…

Leonarda Minutillo-EHL, founder of Yoga PAH! first learned to sign as a teenager with her deaf cousin, Lidia, and has never looked back. Formerly a freelance interpreter with the Ontario Interpreting Services (OIS) and currently a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in British Columbia, she has a wealth of experience in the Deaf Community. She was introduced to Yoga in first year of university and discovered that when yoga was consistently practiced; life was smoother, decisions were made more wisely, eating became more healthy and relationships more wholesome and real.

Yoga PAH! is the “marriage” of her two great passions: Yoga and ASL.

Leonarda holds an honours BA major in Physical Education from York University, a B.Ed from University of Toronto and Diploma in Deaf Education (York University).

Her yoga training includes the following:

  • Yoga Teacher Training (200 hours) – 2003
  • Power Yoga Teacher Training with James Nicholson – 2004
  • Kids Yoga Teacher Training with Maala – 2008
  • Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga Studies Institute (YSI) in Arizona (300 hours)  – 2012.
  • She has also attended workshops with Donna Farhi, Paul Grilley (Yin Yoga), and Dr. Mansukh Patel (Dru Yoga).
Over the last 30 years, Leonarda has taught classes & workshops across Canada and the United States in every type of venue from yoga studios to university campuses. She also taught in the Bahamas at a Deaf Yoga Retreat organized by Sarada Devi (Dorothy Smith).

She has taught yoga classes, workshops and retreats at the following conferences:

  • Canadian Deaf Women’s Conference (CDWC), Vancouver, BC – 2007
  • Deaf Canadian Conference (DCC), Calgary, AB – 2008
  • Deaf Canadian Conference (DCC), Vancouver, BC – 2010
  • DYT Deaf Girl Power Yoga Class – 2010
  • Yogo24 Campaign (offered to Deaf children) – 2008

Apart from her Yoga PAH! activities, Leonarda has also taught yoga workshops and classes for teachers, teens in schools, visual language interpreters in the corporate setting, ‘Mamatoto Yoga’ (mom & baby), Kids Yoga, Prenatal Yoga and Power Yoga. She offers private and corporate yoga classes.

Coming soon!
Yoga’s like an internal shower!
Leonarda Ehl, BA, B.Ed., Deaf Diploma
What is “PAH!” – an ASL term that captures the essence of elation and joy after achieving a long awaited personal goal. “At last!”, “I did it!”, “Finally!” and “TA DA” are all possible English translations.
Leonarda Ehl, BA, B.Ed., Deaf Diploma
Namaste Leonarda! I visited your website and WOW, you are amazing. I love to watch sign and yoga used together. It gives me the chills.
Jan Hudson, (hearing) Deaf Yoga Instructor, Arizona