"It's really about the country inside." - Robin Sparks
About Heather Rideout
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 seventeen 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. All of these lessons have impacted her practice and she takes joy in weaving them into her teachings.
My Thoughts on Flow Yoga...
For me, all yoga is based in Flow because we are always flowing, moving, fluid beings. Even when we sit still, our cells inside are dancing. Flow Yoga encourages a connection to one’s own organic energy and how this energy wants to expand and flow outward to join with something greater. 'Creative Flow' is what best describes my practice. Vinyasa links the body to the breath and the breath to the mind in a seamless, unobstructed flow that carries over into daily life and helps us tune into the flow of universal energy. Shiva Rea describes it as a "natural sequence unfolding with creative intelligence, a conscious evolution connecting each moment with unifying breath." The Flow may be dynamic, or it may be gentle with more Yin and Restorative poses; we have to listen and see. One of my classes may blend in asana, movement meditation, pranayama, mantra, chakra balancing, yoga therapeutics, music, dance, poetry and yogic philosophy. I want to create space to explore and embody yoga in full spectrum, so that a class with me takes you somewhere, wherever it is that you need to go...on a journey. And with this, the offering I share is inspiring new ways of connecting to the heart of what yoga truly is, for YOU.
Heather has been blessed to study with many gifted teachers
such as Stephanie K
each, 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 and blissful impact on bringing her more into touch with the practice of Bhakti Yoga through kirtan. 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.