About Heather

Witnessing the inquiring minds of fellow students and seeing those extraordinary “ah-ha” moments is what keeps Heather inspired as a teacher. She has experienced first hand the transformative benefits of using a yoga practice to facilitate healing. Heather took her first yoga class in 2008 in an effort to “try anything” to reduce a lifetime of chronic back pain. A few months later the pain was gone - and the healing didn’t stop there. In 2015 Heather underwent a pelvic reconstruction surgery to re-build her hip socket after debilitating pain developed from hip dysplasia. She went from wheelchair to Standing Bow Pose again through yoga postures in a chair and a deep sense of calm determination that had been fostered from years of a consistent yoga practice. She is no stranger to a recovery process.

She claims of her beginning years in yoga, “my practice shifted from a very physically-oriented class to an overall sense of well-being - I slept better, ate better, built self-confidence, and came out of my shell.” Heather went to Bikram Yoga Teacher Training* in 2012 - and has been teaching - and eager to continue learning - ever since. In 2017 she attended Inferno Hot Pilates Teacher Training and loves to experience the way pilates compliments a yoga practice.

Heather loves to spend time outside - deep in the mountains hiking, rock climbing, and snowboarding. A connection with the Earth is important to her. She becomes even more grounded and aware in her yoga practice through a connection to nature. She also uses yoga as an incredible active recovery method from big efforts in the mountains.

Although very serious about the yoga, she will bring a youthful life and exuberance to the class…and maybe even a joke or two. She says, “I am constantly humbled by this gift of yoga and love how fantastically individual a yoga practice is - but at the same time uniting us all as one."

*Her work is not affiliated with Bikram Choudhury

Trainings and Certifications:

Heather is a Level 2 Original Hot Yoga Association (OHYA) certified Bikram Yoga Teacher and Inferno Hot Pilates Instructor. She actively participates in continuing education with teachers such as: Tiffany Cruikshank, Rachel Land, Lynn Whitlow, Gianna Purcell, Kathy Durham, Kim Tang, Joseph Encinia, Judith Hanson Lasater and Mary Richards. She has assisted on teacher trainings for 105F and Bend Hot Yoga. Heather represented California by competing and placing in the USA Yoga Asana National Championships in 2019.

2012 - Bikram Yoga Teacher Training*

2014 - Bikram Yoga Recertification Training* - Rajashree Choudhury

2015 - Bend Hot Yoga Teacher Development - Kathy Durham

2016 - 26&2 Hot Yoga Teacher Tune Up - Gianna Purcell & Kathy Durham

2017 - Inferno Hot Pilates Teacher Training - Gabriella Walters

2018 - Teacher Development - Lynn Whitlow

2019 - Teacher Development - Lynn Whitlow & Val Sklar Robinson

2019 - Experiential Anatomy Movement Literacy for Yoga Teachers - 50 hours - Mary Richards, Lizzie Lasater, and Judith Hanson Lasater

2020 - Pranayama Intensive Course - 20 hours - Judith Hanson Lasater and Lizzie Lasater

2021 - Vibrant Vision - 30 hours - Ben Sears and Tatiana Depillo - Sacred Geometry Vinyasa, Active Mobility, Meditation and Journaling

2021 - Dynamic Roots - 30 hours - Ben Sears and Tatiana Depillo - Sacred Geometry Vinyasa, mobility and strength training for the hips and legs to help mitigate injuries, breathwork, meditation, and journaling.

2022 - Yoga Medicine - Yoga Therapy Specialist 500 hour YTT - in progress...(55 hr Hip Anatomy, Application and Dysfunction Training complete, 55 hr Spine Anatomy, Application and Dysfunction Training complete)

*Her work is not affiliated with Bikram Choudhury

Representing California in the 2019 USA Yoga National Asana Championships in Lynchburg, VA.