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Leigh Coates

#ThePlayfulYogiPilot ๐Ÿ™‹ Commercial Helicopter Pilot sharing my love for adventure and Yoga! (RYT200) Forever a student Currently traveling the US by ๐Ÿš

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Part 3 of my story-How I Became a Helicopter Pilot: Many of you guessed what ended my snowboarding career...yes, it was an injury. But ironically it wasnโ€™t from snowboarding (though I had plenty of those too.) Instead, I got hit by a drunk/drugged driver in a grocery store parking lot. She backed up into me while I was getting something from the back of my friends car, and I got pinned between the two. The driver was so high on drugs that she kept reversing without realizing she had hit me. It was the most terrifying/confusing 10 seconds of my life and it seemed to last forever. But she finally drove forward, enough for me to be released and to realize what she had done. Iโ€™ll never forget the look of confusion and horror on her face when she opened her door and looked back at me. And then she took off. Yup, hit and run. No license plate on the car, and the police never found the driver (so Iโ€™m only assuming she was on drugs). My friends got me to the nearby hospital, and luckily the damage wasnโ€™t too bad...just my left knee. I had compression fractures of the tibia, fibula, and femor...all three bones that meet at the knee, and a partial tear of the LCL, as well as full tear of the ACL. My snowboarding season was over. I moved back home to my parents place, found a good surgeon and dove head first into rehabbing my leg. There was talk of putting snowboarding into the Olympics at that point...boardercross, which was my jam, so I was determined to get stronger than ever and make a come back. I was ranked fifth in the world in Boardercross at the time of my accident, so I knew I could do it. I moved back to the mountains and got back on my board. But rehabbing was tough, and after a year of struggles, I tried another surgery. After two years, I was in the best shape of my life, but I still couldnโ€™t snowboard without pain. Sadly it was time to hang up my board. Me knee worked alright though, so I got into golf, and mountain biking and for work I got into fine dining. And when the winter came, I didnโ€™t want to be in the snow anymore. Any guesses where I went next? #ToBeContinued . Part1&2 #leighshelilife #helicopter #pilot #prosnowboarder #lifestory #yoga #dancerpose


Iโ€™ve called many places home in my lifetime, but #MalibouLake is my true #home. Itโ€™s where I grew up and where my family has been for generations. This magical community has just been hit hard by the #woolseyfire, one of the many horrific wild fires causing mass destruction in California right now. . I just got off the phone with my brother who is there right now, and hearing the emotion in his voice as he describes what heโ€™s seeing...the destruction of so many of our childhood friends homes that burned to the ground, just breaks my heart. His home was damaged, but mostly still intact, and he is determined for us all to celebrate Thanksgiving there together. We have SO MUCH to be thankful for! Our parents house was miraculously untouched by the fire and everyone is safe, including all the animals. It is truly a miracle that anything survived and I feel beyond blessed. But my heart breaks for this community. It will be a long road to recovery, to rebuild, revive and grow. But the Lakers are strong passionate people who take care of each other. So much Love to you all. . Thank you everyone for all your love, concern and positive thoughts! Sharing some pre fire photos of this magical place that Iโ€™m lucky to call HOME.๐Ÿ’š


Ughity, these fires in California are just devastating. My parents home, the house I grew up in, is probably gone. They evacuated at 2am last night, and are safe, thank God! Mom said she woke up and saw the glow and just knew it was time to get outta there....just hours before mandatory evacuation. We wonโ€™t know if their house is still standing till they get the fire contained...but it doesnโ€™t look good. Mom has already mentally prepared for total loss...sheโ€™s the strongest person I know and she lives her yoga! Love you Mom!!! My thoughts are with all those affected by these destructive fires. โ € On another note, I want to help! I have an OAS carded helicopter and pilot sitting here, at the ready...me!๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ I bet they can use more air support! If anyone knows the right person to talk to...please DM me. Iโ€™ve got messages into my contracting officer, but she and her backup are both out of town. โ € Last day of #AloboutGrounding is Yogis Choice. Iโ€™m sharing a short and sweet grounding #yogaflow from a beautiful day when I was still in Alaska. Thank you all so much for joining us!! โ € With love from your hosts: @yoga_supqueen @kayla_countess @leighyogipilot @yogileonie @karlatafra @ker.yoga โ € Generous sponsors: @alo.moves @aloyoga โ €


Iโ€™m traveling right now...kind of like a road trip, but by helicopter. Itโ€™s been a blast so far and if youโ€™re interested, Iโ€™ve been sharing as much as I can on my Stories! Iโ€™ve been highlighting them too, so if you missed the first few days, just click on the circle on my page that says Cross Country!๐Ÿ’– โ € Day 9 of #AloboutGrounding is #Uttanasana, forward fold. I got fancy and put mine on top toes! Iโ€™ll be able to catch up on all your wonderful grounding posts soon! โ € Your Grounding Hosts: @yoga_supqueen @kayla_countess @leighyogipilot @yogileonie @karlatafra @ker.yoga โ € Generous sponsors: @alo.moves @aloyoga โ € 1. Tadasana ๐Ÿ’– 2. Vrksasana ๐Ÿ’– 3. Trikonasana ๐Ÿ’– 4. Utkatasana ๐Ÿ’– 5. Adho Mukha Svanasana ๐Ÿ’– 6. Virabhadrasana ๐Ÿ’– 7. Skandasana ๐Ÿ’– 8. Utkata Konasana ๐Ÿ’– 9. Uttanasana ๐Ÿ’– 10. Choice Asana โ €


Day 7 of #AloboutGrounding is #Skandasana, yet another pose that has varying versions across the different yoga styles. The low lunge version Iโ€™m playing with here is one of my favorite poses, cuz not only is it a great strengthening hip opener, but it also makes me feel like a #ninja #warrior! โ € Make sure to do both sides, and for an added challenge, move to the other side without the help of your hands...strong ninja style! โ € In Ashtanga, we practice Skandasana as a standing forward fold with one leg behind the head. In Iyengar, it is a seated forward fold with one leg behind the head. Crazy right?! Thereโ€™s always something to learn in yoga...and we must always keep an open mind.๐Ÿ’– I canโ€™t wait to see what you share, and Happy Grounding! โ € Your Grounding Hosts: @yoga_supqueen @kayla_countess @leighyogipilot @yogileonie @karlatafra @ker.yoga โ € Generous sponsors: @alo.moves @aloyoga โ € 1. Tadasana ๐Ÿ’– 2. Vrksasana ๐Ÿ’– 3. Trikonasana ๐Ÿ’– 4. Utkatasana ๐Ÿ’– 5. Adho Mukha Svanasana ๐Ÿ’– 6. Virabhadrasana ๐Ÿ’– 7. Skandasana ๐Ÿ’– 8. Utkata Konasana 9. Uttanasana 10. Choice Asana ๐Ÿ˜‰ โ €


Did you guys know that heliyoga is a thing? Well it is and this is what it looks like! Who wants to join me?๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿš๐Ÿคธโ€โ™€๏ธ โ € Sharing a little Warrior flow for Day 6 of #AloboutGrounding. Iโ€™m loving seeing all your beautiful grounding poses!! โ € Your Grounding Hosts: @yoga_supqueen @kayla_countess @leighyogipilot @yogileonie @karlatafra @ker.yoga โ € Generous sponsors: @alo.moves @aloyoga โ € 1. Tadasana ๐Ÿ’– 2. Vrksasana ๐Ÿ’– 3. Trikonasana ๐Ÿ’– 4. Utkatasana ๐Ÿ’– 5. Adho Mukha Svanasana ๐Ÿ’– 6. Virabhadrasana ๐Ÿ’– 7. Skandasana 8. Utkata Konasana 9. Uttanasana 10. Choice Asana ๐Ÿ˜‰ โ €


Have you ever wondered how tall I am? Well this about sums it up! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ Or my friend @kaitlynpatrizia is really, really tall... Happy #MagicAsanaMonday! Tag any photo that makes you smile and Iโ€™ll be sharing my favorites in my Stories!! . . . #WHPscale #silly #perspective #nofilter #noedit #fun #magic #yogagirls #instameet #mountaingirls #alpinebabes #choosemountains #goatworthy #girloutdoor #bodymovement #yogagram #outdoorwomen #instagood #videooftheday #boldertogether


Day 5 of #AloBoutGrounding is #DownwardFacingDog, or Sanskrit name #adhomukhasvanasana, and it is hands down (see what I did there?๐Ÿ˜Š) my favorite grounding pose. Itโ€™s how I almost always begin my practice, especially when Iโ€™m outside. Both hands and feet are in contact with the ground which I find to be especially powerful. I like to move in #downdog, exploring my body and how itโ€™s feeling each day. You can try lifting one leg, opening the hip, closing the hip, exploring and breathing. Check out @helen_garner_yoga for some great alignment explanations on this pose. โ € If you are new to following along on my adventures, you might not know, but I do most of my real yoga practice outside. As a helicopter pilot, I often find myself up on mountain tops for hours at a time. I fly a wide range of missions, but these days itโ€™s mostly techs who need to repair remote communications sites which are, lucky for me, located on beautiful mountain peaks. So I bring my mat or @yogapaws, find a flat spot or a rock, and get my practice on. โ € Itโ€™s cold now however, and work has slowed down, so tomorrow, this little birdie is getting in a helicopter and flying South in search of warmer temps. Keep an eye on my Stories and Iโ€™ll share the sights the best I can. Wish me blue skies and smooth tail winds! โ € Your Grounding Hosts: @yoga_supqueen @kayla_countess @leighyogipilot @yogileonie @karlatafra @ker.yoga โ € Generous sponsors: @alo.moves @aloyoga โ € 1. Tadasana ๐Ÿ’– 2. Vrksasana ๐Ÿ’– 3. Trikonasana ๐Ÿ’– 4. Utkatasana ๐Ÿ’– 5. Adho Mukha Svanasana ๐Ÿ’– 6. Virabhadrasana 7. Skandasana 8. Utkata Konasana 9. Uttanasana 10. Choice Asana ๐Ÿ˜‰ โ € #yogawithaview #splits #outdooryogis #aloyoga #flexible #yogafun #yogachallenge #Alaska #pilot #helicopterpilot #pilotlife #chugachmountains #discovervaldez #travelalaska


The #Magic of #Community. The #IGyogaCommunity is filled with beautiful, kind, passionate and inspiring people. . Without #IGyoga I never would have met and connected with these incredible ladies from all over the world. And they never would have gotten on a plane from Canada, California, Georgia, Australia, and traveled all the way to Alaska to meet little olโ€™ me, and trusted me to ๐Ÿšfly them to very remote places in tiny orange helicopters, and do yoga in front of, on top of and UNDERNEATH glaciers! What?! Crazy I know. Crazy cool! We spent almost a week laughing, eating, playing, zumbaing, cooking, crying, yogaing, helicoptering, boating, hiking, drinking, and straight up bonding. Love ya guts Ladies! . Todayโ€™s #trikonasana for #AloboutGrounding reminded me of this incredible #instameet and I wanted to share it with you all. I met these ladies because we were all participating in #yogachallenge โ€˜s and we would comment on each others posts and cheer each other on, and eventually we joined forces to work on our handstands together, and we would all chat and share ideas, and post for each others birthdays. And we would actually see each others posts as this was pre algorithm. (Now you have to work harder to see each otherโ€™s post, but it can be done.) I didnโ€™t get to meet all of my #366hcrew, but I consider them all my friends for life and just wanna give yaโ€™ll a big shout out! Love you Ladies! . And I want to encourage all of you IG Yogis to connect, support and encourage one another! There are really amazing people on here who are into the same things that you are. This world is a better place when we lift each other up. Together we are stronger. Together WE CAN DO ANYTHING! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™ Tag an IG friend youโ€™d love to meet someday! . . #MagicAsanaMonday #whpscale #iwillalaska #alaska #inspiration #yogainspiration #sheadventures #liveyouradventure #goatworthy #sheexplores #alpinebabes #nakedplanet #stayandwander #keepitwild #roamtheplanet #greatnorthcollective #welivetoexplore #timetoplay


These grommets got me like๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคค๐Ÿคช I mean really...have you seen the new #RomanceCollection by @kiragraceyoga? . . ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ–ค . . . . #makingshapes with #reflections #lightboxyogi #yogapose inspired by #fallingalover #yogababes @yogamand @yogaandchaigirl @lightfulyogini @cathymadeoyoga #kiragrace #kiragraceyoga #amazingkiragrace #yogagirl


#Vrksasana, also known as #treepose for Day 2 of #AloBoutGrounding. โ € I invite you to play with this one a bit. Start in Tadasana and really feel the contact of your feet with the ground. With intention, shift your weight to one foot and lift the other to the inside of your standing leg, careful to not put any stress on the standing knee...place it above or below the knee joint. Imagine your standing leg as your trunk and your toes as strong roots, reaching deep into the nurturing soul of Mother Earth. Once you feel solid, sprout your โ€œbranches,โ€ your arms, proudly towards the nourishing sun. Maybe you gently sway like a tall sturdy tree in the wind. โ € If this feels super comfortable and youโ€™re ready for more, try closing your eyes! Or maybe even try it upside down, #AdhoMukhaVrksasana, upward facing tree pose, otherwise known as #Handstand. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Breathe, feel, explore, play... โ € Your Grounding Hosts: @yoga_supqueen @kayla_countess @leighyogipilot @yogileonie @karlatafra @ker.yoga โ € Generous sponsors: @alo.moves @aloyoga โ € 1. Tadasana ๐Ÿ’– 2. Vrksasana ๐Ÿ’– 3. Trikonasana 4. Utkatasana 5. Adho Mukha Svanasana 6. Virabhadrasana 7. Skandasana 8. Utkata Konasana 9. Uttanasana 10. Choice Asana ๐Ÿ˜‰ โ € #yogaover40 #yogachallenge #yogaoutside #yogawithaview #yogabody #yogacommunity #fitnesschallenge #getmoving #getbendy #groundingpose #yogafitness #yogaforall #homepractice #yogadaily #outdoorwoman #theoutbound #mountaingirls #radgirlslife #earthfocus


When people tell me they canโ€™t do yoga, I say, โ€œYes you can, silly! Bring your feet together and stand up tall. Close your eyes and take a deep breath as you feel the earth beneath your feet. Tada! sanaโ€ฆ Tadasana! Your first yoga pose!โ€ โ € #AloBoutGrounding Nov 1-10 Your first assignment is #Tadasana which is simply the starting position for all other standing poses. It sets the foundation for your practice. I invite you to spend some time here, longer than you usually do, with your eyes closed...and think of grounding your energy to the center of the Earth. โ € Check out @yoga_supqueen for some fabulous alignment cues...I went a little rogue on mine. โ € Iโ€™m sharing an in between moment as I paused for a recharge, soaking up the beauty of this magical earth. Tada.... sana! Slide๐Ÿ‘ˆleft to see my favorite place of all, the beach at #ColumbiaGlacier. Iโ€™m blessed to be here, and even more so to be able to share it with you all. I hope you join me for the next 10 days as we explore these simple yet powerful grounding poses. โ € Your Grounding Hosts: @yoga_supqueen @kayla_countess @leighyogipilot @yogileonie @karlatafra @ker.yoga โ € Generous sponsors: @alo.moves @aloyoga โ € 1. Tadasana ๐Ÿ’– 2. Vrksasana 3. Trikonasana 4. Utkatasana 5. Adho Mukha Svanasana 6. Virabhadrasana 7. Skandasana 8. Utkata Konasana 9. Uttanasana 10. Choice Asana ๐Ÿ˜‰ โ € #yoga #yogachallenge #yogapose #yogabeginner #yogateacher #instayoga #igyogi #asana #yogawithaview #alaska #explore #exploreyourworld #theplayfulyogipilot #alpinebabes #glacier #iceberg #helicopter #pilot #drone #aloyoga #choosemountains #wearyourmat โ €


Part 2 The story of How I became a Helicopter Pilot: Many of you guessed correctly on what it was that distracted me from my aviation goals back when I was 19.๐Ÿ˜Š Yup! Snowboarding!!!๐Ÿ‚ The owner of the restaurant where I worked also had a ski shop, so I decided to use my employee perks and got a free snowboard rental. It was a Sims Pocketknife with fluorescent yellow bindings...anyone remember that board?๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿป๐Ÿคฃ All it took was one day for me to fall in love with #snowboarding, and every single day after that, I bought a lift ticket for Santa Fe Ski Basin. I totally forgot about flying airplanes and concentrated all efforts on flying my snowboard...which btw, I never took back to the shop.๐Ÿ˜Š Two weeks later I got a job as a snowboard instructor...yes I could barely get off the chair lift without falling, but I got a free season pass out of the deal and thatโ€™s all that mattered. . Soon I was ready for more. So the next season, on my own, I packed up and moved to Breckenridge, Colorado...and when the season was over there, I took off to Queenstown, New Zealand for a Southern Hemisphere winter, and when that was over, I packed up and moved to Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe. I worked whatever random job I could to get a season pass to ride EVERY day. And I got pretty good! I started winning contests and companies started giving me product and next thing I knew, they were paying me to do what I loved! No longer being stuck in one place to work, I was able to travel to wherever the snow was good, and wherever the contests were, and go on whatever magazine promotional trips that came up. I got to go to Japan a couple times, New Zealand 3 more times, Canada, and all over the U.S. I even got to go #heliskiing ๐Ÿค” . I was obsessed, and I felt so lucky to be living my passion. I knew I wouldnโ€™t be able to do it forever, so I soaked up every minute that I could. . And youโ€™ll never guess what happened next... To be continued. Slide๐Ÿ‘ˆleft for some of my old snowboarding pics. . #leighshelilife Wearing @alpnrock ๐Ÿ’š #helicopter #pilot #winter #prosnowboarder


๐ŸŽŠ๐Ÿ’š WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT ๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŽŠ โ € Itโ€™s time to announce the winners of๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿƒ #GetYourAsanasOutside โ›ฐ๐Ÿ’šโฃ โ € It has been so hard to choose and you ALL deserve to win! The photo gallery is outstanding and you were just all sooo amazing!! ๐Ÿ€โค๏ธ๐ŸŽŠ THANK YOU SO MUCH for joining us! . . . Without further ado, here are our winners: โ € ๐ŸŒฟ @leighlubin โžก๏ธ @quenchactivewear ๐ŸŒฟ @howling.yogi โžก๏ธ @yogapawsโฃ ๐ŸŒฟ @jjlhuerta โžก๏ธ @knockaround ๐ŸŒฟ @kinnari_yoga โžก๏ธ @malaprayer ๐ŸŒฟ @erica_whitman โžก๏ธ @karma_collective ๐ŸŒฟ@the.silvering.fox โžก๏ธ @omnitomyogaโฃ . . ๐ŸŒฟโค๏ธ๐ŸŒณ Warm thanks to my wonderful and lovely co-hosts & our fabulously generous sponsors! . Your Outside Hosts ๐Ÿ‚ @cece.carsonโฃ ๐Ÿ @helenehopyoga ๐Ÿ‚ @leighyogipilotโฃ ๐Ÿ @sigikolbeyogaโฃ โฃ. . Generous sponsors:โฃ ๐ŸŒพ @quenchactivewearโฃ ๐ŸŒฟ @karma_collectiveโฃ ๐ŸŒพ @omnitomyogaโฃ ๐ŸŒฟ @knockaroundโฃ ๐ŸŒพ @malaprayerโฃ ๐ŸŒฟ @yogapawsโฃ โ € โ € #yogachallenge #yogaoutside #yogalove #optoutside #yoga #yogi #instayoga #igyoga