Valerie Leeds


About The Teacher

Valerie Leeds is a dynamic wellness entrepreneur teaching people to access their best selves in mind, body and spirit for 24 years.

Valerie is Certified as a Bodywork & Energy Therapist, a Health Coach, and a Yoga Instructor. She owns and facilitates Zen Den Yoga School & Wellness Retreat Center with her husband, Ira, in Boca Raton, Florida, where they guide people in disconnecting to reconnect.

Valerie developed her unique ability to connect mentally and emotionally with people on a deeper spiritual level through her first certification in Bodywork & Energy Therapy at the The Academy, (originally located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, now in Stamford, New York and called the Harrison Center for Personal Development). The Academy of Natural Healing has been an alternative education center and school offering diverse natural healing programs run by Director, Lewis Harrison, an internationally respected visionary, author, speaker, trainer and coach. Here she found like minds and developed an understanding of how managing our mindsets can be life altering, and our bio-magnetic fields intersect with and impact our physical and mental bodies.

She continued expanding her expertise in healing and transformation training through multiple disciplines: Access Consciousness and Energy Transformation coursework; Summit Education; The Gratitude Training; Masterful Living; and Compass Coaching. She was a student turned coach during this decade of work, which gave her many hours with clients one on one, both on the massage table and off, and later as President of Kevin Heaphy Fitness Studio. This boutique studio, in Soho, New York City, offered personal training, yoga, pilates, bodywork and energy therapy, personal development coaching, along with a juice bar and cafe in a gorgeous 5,000 square foot store front. Valerie cultivated a set of tools based on the premise that human potential is limited by our belief systems to bring a fresh look at how your mind and consciousness can be adapted on a moment to moment basis to live life in greater mastery, and she teaches how to deepen our connection to what she calls our “internal barometer.”

During this time she also went through a number of years of sales training and psychology working with Equinox International and Advanced Marketing Seminars; Staten Island Boat Sales; and AOL Time Warner, and others, which gave Valerie a diverse foundation to teach, train and educate people how to shift their belief systems and behavior. She realized that there are many barriers people form to resist change and personal growth, one of them is being out of alignment in our physical health. She spent a year living in Colorado deepening her own practice while she got Certified as a Dr. Sears Health Coach in order to give people a system to follow a simple healthy lifestyle.

Over the last two decades Valerie Leeds has created many programs that give people tools to step into their “next level,” whatever the category of life their desire may be: relationships, career, spiritual growth, physical fitness-- all of her creations will give people a vehicle to create greater ease, joy and greatness in their lives– Language of Energy, Energy of Language Course; Invigorate U: A.R.C. Angel Coaching Program; Extreme Concepts for Golf Mind Coaching; Be The Blossom Workshop; and My Voice Matters Worldwide Workshops for children.

These days she can be found teaching at Zen Den Yoga School & Wellness Retreat, and being a loving wife to Ira and step-mommy to their ten year old Hali. Testimonials and references available upon request.


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I teach yoga part time and am a mom of two toddlers full time. I love my life, but goodness do I need a break. My husband and I have been putting off our wedding ceremony for 4 years because life has gotten in the way. We haven't had a single night alone since our family has grown. I wouldn't change a thing about our lives now, but it would be so wonderful to remember what it's like to 'just be us.' Antrim

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