I'm a Transformational Coach,
sustainability advocate, & an unshakable optimist dedicated to helping you connect to your HEART & discover your LIGHT.
Hi I’m Leyla
My mission is to awaken courageous grace through the intelligence of the heart so that each and every one of us can stand in our brightest light.
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
I was born in Switzerland, raised with a melange of six different languages and cultures under one roof, and have lived in Lucerne, Phoenix, London, Los Angeles, and New York City.
I founded Standing Light in 2014 after being channeled the name 'Standing Light' in a powerful meditation while living in the City of Angels. I had no idea what I was meant to create with it, but I knew if I just followed my heart, I would be guided to exactly where I needed to be.
I moved to New York City and spent the next two years inner questing and pushing through every block of fear I could find that was holding me back from shining my brightest light. This is a continuous quest, as I'm an adventurer of light.
This journey led me to becoming what I call a Transformational Coach. I'm a certified Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, a certified HeartMath Trainer, and I blend all the ingredients I have found to create lasting sustainable change in an individuals’ life which I have garnered along the way through my own healing and awakening journey.
No matter where I've lived, growing up in nature, instilled a deep connection within me to Mother Earth, and through my life path I have come to understand how we are all connected - we are ONE.
When I was twelve my family and I moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, a culture shock that is perfectly depicted in the movie Mean Girls, but 'what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger!' And after high school, I moved to London to pursue my dream of studying fashion at Central Saint Martin's School of Art & Design, during which I began working for a sustainable fashion label and helped organize their London Fashion Week shows. After graduating CSM, I decided to leave fashion to pursue my true passion, which at the time I couldn’t put into words yet as it was an essence in my heart I could feel but not make logical sense of yet. So, I decided to surrender into the unknown and tap into my heart's intelligence and let that power guide me.
I ended up spending time at Plum Village, Thich Nhat Hanh’s Zen Buddhist Monastery, studying mindfulness and meditation, and spent years working with healers and teachers around the world practicing Past Life Regression, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Inner Child Work, while continuing my meditation practice.
Through Standing Light, I blend the powerful teachings I've garnered into what I call a LightStyle™; an enlightened way of life that integrates mindfulness, conscious daily practices, heart intelligence, and environmental awareness. I share the LightStyle™ methodology through my transformational coaching offerings.
I truly believe that the heart is the most powerful technology ever created. By understanding the power of your heart you create a coherence between the mind and the heart activating your highest potential. The heart is the inner compass every human was gifted with and once you learn how to read its directions, you begin to live a life that can only be described as pure magic.
My vision is for our human family to realize the power of the heart so that - together, we can reinstate the fifth element of LOVE.