For over 20 years, Rebecca Leary has worked to create sacred space to explore mind, body & breath in community, with nurturing and support.
As a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), I offer Therapeutic Yoga + Meditation specializing in Oncology Yoga for Cancer, Meditation, Gentle Yoga, and Yoga + Meditation through a Jewish lens. My classes are available virtually, on my YouTube channel, and in studios, schools and centers around the Atlanta metro area. Through Mother-to-Mother, I offer yoga for women throughout their lifecycles, including prenatal and postpartum, pelvic floor training, yoga for seniors, and chair yoga.
In private practice, I work with individuals seeking balance in mind, body & breath, through yoga, yoga therapy, meditation, and bodywork.
I am an E-RYT200, RYT500 Yoga Teacher, c-IAYT Yoga Therapist, YACEP, a licensed NMT, and a Certified Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist (CMLDT). I offer deepest gratitude to my teachers Yoganand, Marlysa Sullivan, Tra Kirkpatrick, Holle Black, Tari Prinster, Leslie Howard, Carol Krucoff and Kimberly Carson, and Meryl Arnett. I honor the lineage of Swami Kripalu and Lakulisha.
Before beginning my work in yoga therapy, I was a dance and theater producer in New York City and Atlanta. I raised two strong, smart and creative daughters in Atlanta with my husband, two cats, and a Great Dane named Leon.
I am fully-vaccinated! See you on the mat!
Rebecca Leary Safon
NMT RYT500 C-IAYT CMLDT YACEP
Statement of Welcoming/Non-Discrimination
You are welcome here. Hatred is not. People of every race, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith, and nationality are welcome and safe in my sacred space.
I honor the lineage of Swami Kripalu and Lakulisha. *Jai Bhagwan is the traditional closing for the lineage of Swami Kripalu—May the light in you be victorious.
I live and work on the ancestral lands of the Lower Muscogee Creek Nation.
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CREDENTIALS & TRAINING
Rebecca graduated from the Academy of Somatic Healing Arts (ASHA) in 2000 as a Neuromuscular Therapist, with advanced training in pre- and perinatal massage therapy.
She became a 200-hour registered yoga teacher in 2013, studied advanced prenatal yoga and YogaBorn childbirth education in 2014, and in 2016, completed 500 hours of training in therapeutic applications of yoga, meditation and yoga philosophy.
In 2017, Rebecca received certification as a yoga therapist from The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). In 2018, she was certified in yoga for pelvic floor health, and in 2019 received certification in Yoga 4 Cancer (Y4C), and Meditation.
In November of 2019, she completed a program at Duke Integrative Medicine in Integrative Yoga for Seniors. In November 2021, Rebecca studied with Klose Training, and became a Certified Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist, in the Vodder technique. In 2021, Rebecca completed Awakened Heart Meditation Teacher Training with Meryl Arnett, and advanced Oncology Yoga Teacher training with Y4C.
Rebecca Leary serves proudly as vice-chair of the board of SOJOURN: the Southern Jewish Resource Network for Gender and Sexual Diversity, and on the Health Equity Inclusion & Belonging committee and Yoga Special Interest Group of the Society for Integrative Oncology.
- Yoga Teacher Training-200 hour (2013)
- Yoga-Born Childbirth Educator (2013)
- Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training (2014)
- Yoga Teacher Training-500 hour (2015)
- Yoga for Cancer Y4C (2019)
- Integrative Yoga for Seniors, Duke Integrative Medicine (2019)
- Awakened Heart Meditation Teacher Training (2021)
- Manual Lymphatic Drainage (2021)
- Advanced Oncology Yoga Teacher Training Y4C (2021)
Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts (2013-2015) with Yoganand Michael Carroll and Jacci Gruninger
The Center for Integrative Yoga Studies with Marlysa Sullivan
Yoga for Cancer Oncology Yoga Y4C with Tari Prinster
Integrative Yoga for Seniors, Duke Integrative Medicine with Carol Krucoff and Kimberly Carson
Awakened Heart Meditation Teacher Training with Meryl Arnett
Other trainings include: Functional Anatomy and Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga, Musculoskeletal Assessment, The Yoga Way: Towards Psychological and Emotional Well-Being, Tantra Hatha Yoga Approach to Chronic Pain and Conditions, Thai Yoga Basics, Advanced Pranayama, Teaching Meditation, Philosophy Independent Study
- Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in Swedish Massage—stress relief;
- Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) – trigger point work for pain management;
- Clinical Sports-Performance Massage (SMT) – structural re-alignment, injury prevention;
- certified Pregnancy Massage Therapist (2000);
- Teaching Assistant (2001-present);
- Advanced Perinatal Massage Therapy Seminar: Supporting Your Clients with Special Needs (2011)