Heidi first fell in love with yoga at age 17 when her mom bought a DVD to help her alleviate lower back pain. She didn’t quite understand how it worked but she recognized it’s healing qualities. Later on, as an avid runner in college, she used yoga to prevent injury and keep her joints limber. It wasn’t until 2009 upon commencing Peace Corps Service in rural Thailand, that she deepened a self-directed practice while adjusting to village life. Indeed, practicing yoga and meditation in Thailand helped her stay focused and maintain calm. Upon returning stateside in late 2011, eager to learn more, she completed her 200-hr yoga teacher training in Boston, MA through YogaWorks with senior teacher Natasha Rizopoulos. During this time, she learned to use yoga as a helpful tool to cope with an eating disorder and body image issues.
Heidi has been teaching yoga since 2012 and gained over 1200 hours of teaching experience in addition to an 85-hr training in prenatal yoga. Throughout the years, her practice and teaching has evolved as a result of her own experiences of living abroad, overcoming an eating disorder, pregnancy and child rearing. She believes strongly that yoga practice can and should change as we go through life. There is an applicable and holistic yoga practice for every stage of life and every “body.” To her, yoga is as much about mental clarity and spiritual fulfillment as it is about physical benefits. Included in her portfolio of class types are vinyasa flow, prenatal, gentle yoga, ashtanga basics, baby & me, yogalates, Yoga Nidra, meditation, yin, restorative & more. Her teaching and practice continues to be informed by her foundational training through YogaWorks largely influenced by the Ashtanga, Iyengar and Viniyoga lineages.