Searching for help with a life out of balance, Heather took her first yoga class in 2010 in a crowded 101 degree room, surrounded by people whose bodies didn’t look like hers, and the instruction not to drink or leave the room. She didn’t try yoga again for another year. In 2015 she found her first real home in yoga through the Yoga for Bigger Bodies classes and retreats led by Julie Westlin-Naigus. Through Julie's teaching she began to understand that the magic of yoga is in breath, concentration, and earnest effort, and began to see herself in the practice.
Heather took the Yoga For Social Justice 200-Hour Teacher Training in 2016 with Sarahjoy Marsh intending to deepen her personal practice, and help those who suffer with depression, anxiety, and chemical dependency find the peace and clarity she herself had found through yoga. In addition to her yoga training, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education from Portland State University, is a Certified Recovery Mentor through the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon, and works in a residential treatment facility.
Heather is currently studying with Sarahjoy in the 500-Hour Yoga Therapy Training, and is pursuing an Alcohol and Drug Counselor certification. In her downtime, you can find her worshiping her cat, foraging mushrooms, and making delicious food out of vegetables.