Hello! My name is Heidi and I am the creator of Harvest Moon Yoga. I am an American and a proud native of Iowa. Over the past 12 years, I've roamed like a turtle with my home on my back to various countries and cities across the U.S. including Greece, Australia, Thailand, China, Bolivia, Boston, MA, and Monterey, CA and more. Right now, I call Cypress, Texas my home.
My first introduction to yoga was at age 17 to alleviate lower back pain and work with body-image issues. Indeed, I continued to explore yoga and eventually deepen my practice as I struggled throughout most of my 20’s with a serious eating disorder. As an avid runner in college, yoga also served to prevent injury and keep my joints limber. I attribute my deepened yoga practice and journey as a teacher to saving my life, freeing myself of body image issues, and find lasting peace with this package I coming in and with my whole self.
In 2009, I begun Peace Corps Service in Thailand and found a more self-directed yoga practice as I adjusted to rural living. Practicing yoga in Thailand helped me stay focused and maintain balance through all aspects of life. While in Peace Corps, I also had the pleasure to explore and deepen my meditation practice with Buddhist Study. After returning stateside in 2011, I completed my 200-hr teacher training in Boston, MA through YogaWorks Senior Teacher Natasha Rizopoulos. Besides Natasha Rizapolous, teachers who inform and continue to inspire my practice include: Chuck Miller, Patricia Walden, Sean Corn, and Sadie Nardini, to name a few. I now have over 1000-hrs teaching experience and also received my 85-hr certificate in Prenatal Yoga in 2016. For me, yoga is a lifelong practice, study and teaching experience...I continue to grow and learn! Recently, I've rediscovered the benefits of Yoga Nidra and enjoy teaching this healing practice.
I feel strongly about yoga as an individualized experience accessible to every-body. I reject the idea that a "yoga body" should look a certain way or that you should have certain gear to be advanced and sincere in your practice. I truly believe that whatever your ailment or hang-up, there is a yoga remedy for you! My teaching focus involves correct alignment, ahmisa (non-harming), and focusing on the small details involved in moving into postures while letting go of the ego. I invite students to approach yoga with curiosity and willingness to explore not just the physical postures (asana) but all aspects of yoga including meditation and personal observances found in Pantanjali’s 8-limbs of yoga and incorporate that which serves you into your own life.
Be well, be kind to yourself and do your yoga today so you can do it tomorrow! -Heidi