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Our Approach

Our Vision

LeavesYoga is about the love of the outdoors and the practice of Yoga. Leaves are the symbol of outdoors and you can't be outdoors without being conscious of the leaves in every season. Yoga takes the eternal cycle of the leaves and teaches us growth, stillness, beauty and the taking in of light to nurture our entire body and spirit. Thus, LeavesYoga seeks to bring outdoor lovers to yoga and yoga lovers to the outdoors. Chakras and campfires, so to speak.

Our Story

Our Story

As yoga expanded my awareness, I became compelled to share my love of the outdoors with others and to try to inspire motion in my loved ones and strangers so that they could experience the great outdoors and enrich their lives. Sharing of yoga in conjunction with being outdoors is the harmonious blending of these two sources of wellbeing.

Meet Mary

Cumberland Island

In the middle of Nature



RYT500 (1) (1)
Teton Crest Trail

Mary Veal


Mary is a certified 500 hour yoga instructor who completed her YTT 500 certification at Johns Creek Yoga.  She teaches gentle/restorative yoga and meditation at Johns Creek Yoga and  gentle yoga and meditation at Forsyth County Parks and Recreation. She also teaches all levels yoga and chair yoga at  St. David's Episcopal Church where she is the Outdoor Ministry Chairperson.  She also volunteers to teach yoga on the annual Bicycle Ride Across Georgia, on the Georgia Conservancy stewardship trips, and once a month at the Len Foote Hike Inn. Mary is a certified Thai Yoga Bodywork Practitioner and sees clients by appointment.

Mary holds a Georgia Master Naturalist certification  sponsored by the University of Georgia's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and is currently enrolled in the Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification Program (SANCP) at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont.

As a runner, she has completed the Peachtree Road Race over 20 times, numerous 5k and 10k events, as well as half and full marathons.  As a cyclist, she has completed BRAG and multiple other distance rides up to 100 miles in length. As a hiker/backpacker she has traversed all 77 miles of the AT in Georgia, the length of the AT inside the Great Smoky National Park, the Grandview Trail in the Grand Canyon, the Highline Trail in Glacier National Park, the Teton Crest Trail, the Southern Presidential range of the White Mountains, and many more.  As a kayaker, she has paddled the Satilla, the Chattahoochee, the Altamaha, the Ocmulgee, the Ogeechee, the Flint, the Etowah as well as across the intercoastal waterway to camp on uninhabited barrier islands.

The mantra she wants to share with you is KEEP MOVING.