Leslie Salmon Jones received her B.A. in Dance and Health Studies at the State University of New York, and her Fitness Instructors Certification at New York University. She was a scholarship recipient at the esteemed Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre in New York City as well as the London Contemporary Dance School. As a professional dancer, Leslie worked with known greats such as Judith Jameson, Bill T. Jones and Wynton Marsalis. Leslie has been practicing and teaching yoga since 1991 and is the founder of Afro Flow Yoga™ which infuses electrifying dance movements of the African Diaspora flowing with a meditative yoga sequence of gentle yet powerful stretches.
Growing up as the daughter of Canada’s first Black chief of surgery, the late Dr. Douglas Salmon and former Metro Toronto councillor and civil rights activist Beverley Salmon, Leslie has been committed to bring about social change particularly in the wellness industry. Her community outreach includes being a former consultant for the New York Knicks “healthy lifestyle clinics” that teaches self esteem to youth. She has developed and facilitated programs such as the S.H.E. Network Program (Sustaining Healthy Eating for women of color) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and a six-week SummerFit Program for at risk youth at Mass General Hospital, Boston.
She served as a board member for the organizations Free Arts NYC for At Risk Kids and The United Nations Association of New York (UNA NY) and is currently on the Diversity Committee at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. She has been a faculty member at The Omega Institute for Holistic Studies for the past 5 years, and is a co-creator of the Omega Women & Leadership Intensives in collaboration with their Women’s Leadership Center in Rhinebeck, NY.