Hello! My name is Heidi and I am the creator of Harvest Moon Yoga. It took a long time to come up with this name, Harvest Moon. I love the concept of planting seeds of change, endeavoring to support through hard work and dedication and finally harvesting the fruits of labor. The Harvest Moon occurs in September or October which is closest to the Autumnal Equinox in North America and appears bigger and brighter than other full moons (according to https://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/harvest-moon-2). It just seems very appropriate for my own personal journey and what I aim to share.
For almost a decade (and longer, if I'm being honest) I spent a lot of time locked in a cycle of disordered eating, body dysmorphia and debilitating anxiety. About eight years ago, with the guidance of professionals, I started the path to lasting recovery. It took many relapses followed by getting back up and doing the grunt work of changing established behavioral patterns. I had done yoga since 2003 but the practice didn't become very real until much later. It was very much a part of my recovery. At first, I hated that I had to go slow and be in my body when all I wanted to do was escape. Yoga wouldn't allow me to escape; yoga kept redirecting me to look at my own mirror. The struggle was real! But, what happened over time was transformative. I healed. The Harvest Moon revealed itself.
Today I have completed over 2000hrs of teaching and I continue to endeavor as a student along the 8 limb path of yoga. I initially received my 200hr RYT training in 2012 from senior teacher, Natasha Rizopoulos through YogaWorks. I'm forever grateful for her continued guidance down an earnest path of yoga with mindfulness and attention to alignment in asana practice. In 2016, I received my 85hr P-RYT (prenatal) training with Stacey Wooster at Beauty Blossom Birth. And, in 2017, I gave birth to our daughter with the help of yoga as my forever life tool. After 9 years of teaching hatha-based public classes, I have decided to deepen my scope by pursuing the 1,000-hour certification in Yoga Therapy with Susi Hately of Functional Synergy--expected to graduate in 2022. Yoga therapy allows a deeper application of the use of yoga therapeutically in a way that helps people move out of pain and feel better. In a way, I have always considered yoga as a therapy.
My motto is: I'll continue to do yoga as long as it works. My teaching styles include: vinyasa, alignment-based flow, yoga for posture, meditation, mindful asana, yoga and pilates fusion, yoga Nidra, yin, pre/post natal, baby & me yoga, & Ashtanga vinyasa basics. I don't consider myself a complete expert. I continue to learn and transform my own practice as well. This is the beauty of a philosophy so ancient and varied as yoga--we can't know it all but, we can endeavor to evolve.
The road of life is long and yoga can include a wide variety of practices for different people who are experiencing different phases of life. Whatever path you are on, I am here to offer you many tools from my yoga toolbox to help you along your journey--and grow with you. May you revel and find peace in the light of the Harvest Moon.