Heather came to the physical practice of yoga through athleticism and a fondness for Sanskrit and Ganesh, but stuck with yoga because of the inner transformation that she had not anticipated. She believes the practice of yoga through asana practice is a continuous unfolding of the higher self.
Heather believes that when we live in such a wild and unpredictable world, coming to the mat, whether it be in silence or in chant, sivasana or vinyasa, is of utmost importance to sacred balance and self reflection, as all change starts within, and radiates out into the world. She firmly believes in the science and self discovery of yoga changing neurochemistry to reduce anxiety, depression, addiction, and PTSD, as well as increase immunity, and heal maladaptive responses and patterns in our everyday lives, not to mention the strengthening and toning of the physical body.
Heather believes what happens on the mat translates into real life changes, and wants to share that gift with anyone with an open heart and mind. She received her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Karma yoga with Allison Duckworth, with a focus on vinyasa and hatha, completed in June 2017. Her classes tend to be a faster, sweaty mix, with upbeat, sometimes tribal music, humor, and spiritual teachings. Heather has a BA in psychology, and has been a social worker for several years, as well as extra education in holistic nutrition, herbalism, astrology, and environmental science. Heather lives in Portland with her partner and 2 kids, and enjoys cooking, photography, hiking the PNW, and nature, just about as much as yoga. Namaste