Leigh Crowder-Biearman

About Leigh

Leigh was drawn to movement at an early age. As a child, she was a gymnast and dancer craving movement because it challenged her body and provided the sense of freedom she yearned. One could say, when she was being mindful of her body she felt at home. Leigh was also a natural born caregiver as she was typically side-by-side her own mother caring for her younger brother and sister. With that innate instinct, Leigh knew from a young age she wanted to be in a field where she was either caring for or teaching others when she “grew up”. Leigh was able to combine her nurturing temperament with her love for movement as a career when she chose to become a pediatric occupational therapist.

Not long after she rolled out her yoga mat for the first time and experienced yoga which unveiled a way for her to be challenged, playful and feel free as she did as a child. She knew right away the practice of yoga was something that would change not only her life but benefit the lives of the children she served. With her extensive experience with children, her patience and gentleness, Leigh is able to bring a balance of light-heartedness and clarity to yoga while focusing on self-awareness, breath, and alignment, safely honoring individual abilities. To her, yoga is both an art and science where each individual is able to unravel her own inner strength creating a sense of empowerment and freedom.

Leigh’s mindfulness practice emerged as she was pregnant with her daughter. Her birthing style included daily meditations which helped her establish a regular practice. With the added challenges of being a mother, wife and entrepreneur she found that her own mindfulness practice has proven to be both necessary and incredibly supportive while navigating life’s struggles. Leigh has found that her practice allows her to remember what is most important in life- love, kindness and truth.

As a pediatric occupational therapist, Leigh has worked with children with a variety of special needs, in school, hospital and early intervention settings. She has a combined over 1,000 hours training in medical therapeutic yoga and hatha yoga, as well as several children’s yoga certifications and mindfulness in schools training. In 2008 Leigh had the opportunity to start the non-profit Yoga Kidz with support from the T-Bonz Foundation. This program brings yoga to thousands of students in Title I schools in both Charleston and Horry County School Districts.

Leigh Crowder-Biearman

About Leigh

Leigh was drawn to movement at an early age. As a child, she was a gymnast and dancer craving movement because it challenged her body and provided the sense of freedom she yearned. One could say, when she was being mindful of her body she felt at home. Leigh was also a natural born caregiver as she was typically side-by-side her own mother caring for her younger brother and sister. With that innate instinct, Leigh knew from a young age she wanted to be in a field where she was either caring for or teaching others when she “grew up”. Leigh was able to combine her nurturing temperament with her love for movement as a career when she chose to become a pediatric occupational therapist.

Not long after she rolled out her yoga mat for the first time and experienced yoga which unveiled a way for her to be challenged, playful and feel free as she did as a child. She knew right away the practice of yoga was something that would change not only her life but benefit the lives of the children she served. With her extensive experience with children, her patience and gentleness, Leigh is able to bring a balance of light-heartedness and clarity to yoga while focusing on self-awareness, breath, and alignment, safely honoring individual abilities. To her, yoga is both an art and science where each individual is able to unravel her own inner strength creating a sense of empowerment and freedom.

Leigh’s mindfulness practice emerged as she was pregnant with her daughter. Her birthing style included daily meditations which helped her establish a regular practice. With the added challenges of being a mother, wife and self-employed she found that her own mindfulness practice has proven to be both necessary and incredibly supportive while navigating life’s struggles. Leigh has found that her practice allows her to remember what is most important in life- love, kindness and truth.

As a pediatric occupational therapist, Leigh has worked with children with a variety of special needs, in school, hospital and early intervention settings. She has a combined over 1,000 hours training in medical therapeutic yoga and hatha yoga, as well as several children’s yoga certifications and mindfulness in schools training. In 2008 Leigh had the opportunity to start the non-profit Yoga Kidz with support from the T-Bonz Foundation. This program brings yoga to thousands of students in Title I schools in both Charleston and Horry County School Districts.

Leigh’s Credentials/Certifications

  • Master’s in Occupational Therapy 2001
  • Professional Yoga Therapy Studies Candidate
  • 200 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training- YogaWell’s Institute of Progressive Therapies
  • Radiant Child Yoga, Grounded Yoga, Mini Yogis Children’s Yoga Certifications
  • Mindful Schools K-12
  • Trauma Informed Training, Yoga for Youth – Yoga Ed 32 Hours

About MindfulLeigh

MindfulLEIGH is here to support those who wish to be conscious caregivers. We provide resources for those who have the desire to feel more at home within themselves and extend that same gift to children.

Relationship to ourselves and others is the purpose of yoga and mindfulness. If we can be kind to ourselves, take care of our own needs and improve our self-awareness our relationship with our self-strengthens. It is in a deep relationship with our self that we are able to connect with others. Connection is why we are here.

Whether you are a parent, teacher, school counselor, occupational therapist or work with children in any manner the likelihood you understand that life is becoming increasingly busy and stressful for children. Yoga and mindfulness can counteract and be a safe refuge.

I invite you to explore the resources for yourself as well as introduce practices to children.