Seeking to teach at a deeper level beyond the postures, Heather is most interested in enlightening others to be discerning practitioners who can then integrate information for themselves. This way, Heather’s students will truly learn to practice Yoga as a way of life that breathes differently in every body.
About the Classes
All levels welcome. The Yin yoga practice focuses on the connective tissue (ligaments, joints and facia) of mainly the hips, pelvis, and lower spine where postures are held for several minutes at a time. On a physical level we create space in the connective tissue by learning to relax muscles; on an energetic level these poses stimulate the flow of energy through the body; on an emotional level we practice listening, letting go and connecting to our heart center coming into stillness to find peace within. This less dynamic practice promotes stress relief and a deeper state of meditation and relaxation.
Hatha All Levels
All levels welcome. This invigorating class is designed to encourage students to strengthen their bodies and cultivate the quieting of the mind and senses. Traditional postures are practiced while emphasizing alignment, core strength, flexibility, balance as well as breath control. Each unique class concludes with a silent or guided meditation.
Yoga Nidra, also known as sleeping with awareness, is a practice of profound deep relaxation. This modality is different than meditation and more in line with a supported Shavasana: deep rest and relaxation, healing for the nervous system and a process of letting go to remember and connect with the unchanging part of you. All the while, the body and mind are at deep sleep yet simultaneously being aware of the surroundings. This is the highest practice of self-care for body, mind and spirit. This exploration will start with gentle movement and breath-work culminating with a guided Yoga Nidra practice. No (physical) Yoga or meditation experience required.
What is private yoga? The study of yoga is a dialogue between the teacher and the student. Private sessions benefit those wanting to explore the following:
- adapting to injuries; creating variations for specific poses
- improving overall practice
- learning to use props correctly.
- starting or deepening meditation & breath work.
- learning more about yogic philosophy.
Some people are intimidated to join a class at a local studio or gym. Private lessons are an invaluable way to begin a practice and to receive the individualized attention you may not get in a group setting.
My job is to understand why clients are interested in private lessons and to determine what I can do to support them. I have extensive experience evaluating clients through listening, questioning, and observing. As a yoga teacher working with you one-on-one, I look for ways to help reduce or manage pain or discomfort, improve everyday function, and motivate a student toward their desired goal. My intention behind private sessions is to support you to be your own source of power. To teach you how to pay attention and to trust your own ability. My role as a yoga teacher, then, is to support you for a period of time (which is different for each student) in order to develop a personal practice that is fully integrated into your daily life.