The Sanctuary Within-Leopi Nicola

Hello and Welcome 

I am a Ortho-Bionomy practitioner and licensed midwife. 




Transformation: Gold into Blue by Leopi Nicola



New location starting December 2018 in Berkeley


Located on Adeline Street across the street from the Berkeley Bowl, Innerstellar Pilates & Yoga is in the heart of the burgeoning South Berkeley Commercial district, four blocks away from the Ashby BART station.
2800 Adeline Street, Berkeley CA 94703


at the beautiful sanctuary! all other days

Who am I?

My name is Leopi Nicola Sanderson-Edmunds. I have been a home-birth midwife since 1984 and an Ortho-Bionomy body therapist since 2009.

I am also a large-scale figurative Painter, grandmother, mother, sister, daughter.


Ortho-bionomy is a body therapy for everyone. All men and women of all ages!

I specialize working with  women – pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and post birth and the new born. I also love working with the other parent, because both parents, somatically and structurally are in a deep transition. this way we can align them into their new life together.

My beautiful home sanctuary in Vallejo supports both parents and baby to come hang out and have a spa day as a family. While one rests or walks baby, the other gets to have a deep reset.

How do we “do” Ortho-Bionomy?

Although the name is  long and hard to remember at times!

I am sort of like a tracker with your inner body self. I see a landscape of your inner body intelligence and life force. I am a guide helping you to reconnect and to return to your original home. We together, are invited by your intelligent and sentient being to heal and align without force or resistance. We are always patient and non judgmental. You will rediscover what you are.

We ask  through Ortho-bionomy, what your body may be waiting to tell you. We release tension, pain and perhaps emotions, like fear, so we can free up more space for the experience of peace, joy and stillness.

Many of those who receive Ortho-Bionomy experience moments of deep calm, relaxation, a feeling of expansion, warmth, and new internal sensations of spaciousness, that settle into a tranquil and more fuller presence.

Ortho-Bionomy is truly a conversation with yourself. For some of you, this can be quite surprising, as you first observe your body releasing, and this may feel very new and intimate. You may feel as if you are awakening.

You may also experience:

Bounce, Lightness, Suppleness, fluidity, resiliency, flexibility, balance, sometimes there is activation of something, that might come to the surface as release resolves.

Often there is internal lengthening and even feeling physically taller and longer. Feet and stride may feel different and more balanced and supple. Shoes may fit differently, so please don’t be too attached to them.

Sleep may be unusually deep and you may awaken more refreshed or, awaken very sore.

You may also notice;

a heightened body-mind awareness and feelings of presence, softness, stillness, calmness, alertness.

Healing begins from inside to out: stirred up old thoughts, processes and patterns, experiencing tender feelings towards yourself and realigning in your relationship to your self and others with more compassion and understanding and  finding safety within that.


humor and playfulness in healing, even with trauma.

experience Self as pure nature and a perfect microcosm.

At ease with who you are.


What I have observed and what my clients have observed while on my table:

You may experience re-connection with your Body Self within 10 minutes on the massage table as an inner quiet listening and restful state.

A light dream state yet alert, expansion with internal sensations of warm fluid moving, ripples, bubbles, bumps, warmth, fullness, “inner trails of liquid-light” “the color blue” and other  colors, or coolness or warmth, snoring, belly gurgling, rumbling,  smiles, sighs, gas releasing,  giggling, buzzing, electric impulses releasing, twitches, tears, tingling, trembling, memories, words, yumm… mmmmm… and guttural sighs and sometimes nothing at all but a warm feeling or a very deep sleep.

If you are pregnant, you may feel your baby move when ever a release passes through your body. Your baby may very well turn into her optimal position.

Remember that your body  is your sanctuary and most intimate friend.

You perhaps will notice that you are naturally beginning to slow down in our fast world and find more presence and ease with it.

I hope to see you soon at the Sanctuary





Don’t go outside your house to see the flowers. My friend, don’t bother with that excursion. Inside your body there are flowers. One flower has a thousand petals. That will do for a place to sit. Sitting there you will have a glimpse of beauty inside the body and out of it, before gardens and after gardens.” ― Kabir.