Helen Leavitt

Durham, NH
United States

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Helen is a certified Yoga Teacher, a trained and practicing community herbalist, and a small-scale gardener. She combines these disciplines to create a balanced yoga practice, establish a means of self-healing, and to help others rebuild a connection with the land.

Helen is a graduate of the YogaLife Institute’s 200-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training Program, with a focus in prenatal yoga. Helen started practicing yoga in 2004 and has benefited from many teachers and styles throughout the years. As a teacher, Helen strives to make Yogic philosophy accessible to students of all levels and to provide a peaceful and welcoming environment.

Helen's yoga classes explore many themes, which may include the chakras, yoga for each system of the body, foundations of Classical yogic philosophy, plant medicine and yoga as a lifestyle, yoga as influenced by astrology, yoga for gardeners, yoga for elders, pre-natal and post-natal yoga, and yoga for parents and babies. Yoga can be both gentle and vigorous and Helen caters each class to fit the wants and needs of individual students.

Helen draws upon 7 years of experience managing fruit, vegetable, and medicinal herb gardens to educate the public about sustainable agriculture. She offers a 7-week Holistic Gardening Series each winter and teaches gardening and herbal classes to the Misty Meadows Herbal Center's apprentices each spring, summer, and fall. She is also the Kid's Kamp coordinator for the New England Women's Herbal Conference. As an herbalist and gardener, Helen's main interests include local food and local medicine, herbal folklore, women’s reproductive health, family wellness, companion planting, and lunar agriculture.

Helen balances her time with students in the classroom, yoga studio, and outdoors; working at a farm to table restaurant; doing consulting work for small, earth-centered non-profits, projects, and individuals; and with her family, exploring and foraging in the fields, woods, and shores of New Hampshire.

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