Below is an excerpt from Heather’s interview on Canvas Rebel.

We were lucky to catch up with Heather Berg recently and have shared our conversation below.

Alright, Heather thanks for taking the time to share your stories and insights with us today. Can you share a story about the kindest thing someone has done for you and why it mattered so much or was so meaningful to you?
Before I began teaching yoga, I spent two years in Japan teaching English as a second language. This experience ignited my passion for sharing knowledge, prompting my return to NYC to pursue a master’s degree in early childhood education. During this period, I worked as an assistant Montessori teacher. Newly married and planning to start a family, my husband accepted a job offer in South Florida, prompting our relocation.

As a new teacher, I often doubted my ability to lead a classroom. However, I was fortunate to receive generous praise from the staff and families at the Montessori school for my dedication and passion. I still cherish a handwritten note from a mother who wrote, “Never underestimate the power you have upon those you teach.” These words have remained with me, even though my Montessori teaching days are behind me.

Today, I carry that sentiment into every yoga class I teach, whether it’s a group session, a private client learning to feel comfortable in their body, or leading mindfulness and breathing exercises over Zoom.