Heather's yoga path began in 1999 when she set off for her first big backpacking journey to Nepal. The moment she landed and arrived in Kathmandu, smelling the intoxicating incense from morning puja, she knew something inside of her had come home. Her wanderlust seed, already firmly planted, was further nourished as she traveled deeply within on a journey of self-discovery through yoga. She hasn't looked back since and offers over nineteen years of extensive trainings, study, practice, creativity, intuition and love that shine through in her teachings. As a yoga guide, Heather is known for her down-to-earth and grounded nature, blended with a spirit of graceful strength. If you combined a redwood tree with a soft, warm breeze that kissed your face and then mixed this with the rush of a determined river flowing downstream, you'd have Heather. A traveling yogini at heart, her adventures with yoga have taken her through North, Central and South Americas, Europe and the United Kingdom, Southeast Asia, Africa, India and of course, Nepal. She shares inspiration from all of these magical places, places that constantly teach her how to most live yoga by being immersed in the energy of the current moment.
Heather has completed over 600 hours of teacher training with the Asheville Yoga Center in North Carolina and she further draws her practice from many different styles and traditions. She is continuously learning while on the road: meditation techniques from monks in Laos, insight into the Bhagavad Gita from a guru in Rishikesh, the significance of daily offerings in Bali, that "Inshallah" (God Willing) is the best attitude to take into the waves while surfing in Morocco, and that Monday is Shiva Night in Colomb, India where she would join the locals under a holy tree and chant praise. Heather believes this is where the most meaningful insights come to her, when she is open to receiving from everyone and everything around her, in the flow. As a passionate outdoorswoman, she has long-distance hiked extensively around the globe, including the Appalachian Trail in the United States, 2,250 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail and a combination of Camino Routes in Europe totaling 1,500 miles. Nature, and the people she has shared time with on these trails, have been some of her greatest teachers. All of these lessons have impacted her practice and she takes joy in weaving them into her teachings.
Heather has been blessed to study with many gifted teachers such as Stephanie Keach, Shala Worsley, Shiva Rea, Eoin Finn, Katy Appleton, Sadie Nardini, Leslie Kaminoff, Amy Weintraub, Swami Dharmananda and the incredible teachers at Ananda Ashram, founded by Shri Brahmanada Sarasvati. Dave Stringer has had a profound impact on bringing her more into touch with the practice of Bhakti Yoga through kirtan. Singing just feels good, bottom line, and sometimes we don't need to understand more than that. It just is, kinda like love. The teachers she most resonates with are those who invite her to find her own voice, her own practice. This sets the foundation of Heather's greatest intention which is to guide people to listen within and encourage the freedom and pleasure of truly coming to know yourself through yoga.
Heather is dedicated to guiding others on a path of exploring full-spectrum yoga in ways that liberate them to move, breathe and live more from the heart. Whether she is leading Flow, Hatha, Yin or Restorative classes, Heather integrates a mix of creativity blended with her authentic and playful nature that invokes a soulful, breath-inspired journey suitable for all. She is fascinated by the messages taught in yoga philosophy, storytelling and mythology, so these elements often enrich her teachings. She also may blend in movement meditation, pranayama, mantra, chakra balancing, yoga therapeutics, music, dance and poetry. Heather wants to create space to explore and embody yoga in many ways, so that a class with her takes you somewhere, wherever it is that you need to go...on a journey. And with that, the offering she shares is inspiring new ways of connecting to the heart of what yoga truly is, for YOU. At the core, Heather wants to remind you of being curious, introspective, grateful, authentic and balanced…so you can take care of yourself and dive fully into this sometimes wild, crazy and amazing ride called Life.