Photo by Lee Fife

Photo by Lee Fife

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About your teacher

Heather first started attending yoga lessons in 2008 at the age of 17. For three years of practice, while living in Texas, she was searching for a yoga family with which she felt at home, nurtured, and truly connected. When she moved to Colorado in 2011, she found her sanctuary within the tight-knit community of Pranava Yoga Center in Colorado Springs, CO. It was in this space that Heather fostered an advanced asana (yoga postures), pranayama (breath work), and meditation practice. Within 6 months of daily practice at Pranava, Heather decided to enroll and participate in the 200-Hour Teacher Training offered at the studio.

While this experience was beyond rewarding, and initiated Heather on her exploration of the history, philosophy, and practice of yoga, she felt as though she needed more exposure to the depth of the discipline. She applied to Naropa University in Boulder, CO in the hopes of participating in the Yoga Studies program for the Fall semester of 2012. 

Upon being accepted, she chose to attend a demonstration class offered by the admissions department to get a feel for the setting and style of class composition. She attended a course called "Exploring Traditional Eastern Arts" with a man named Bataan Faigao - the resident T'ai Chi Ch'uan teacher. Unbeknownst to Heather at the time, in attending this class, she was to fall in love with yet another deep and culturally rich mind-body discipline. Bataan walked around the room lending adjustments to each student's posture and alignment. As he came around to Heather, he observed her hands and softened the curvature of her fingers by delicately gliding his hand along the length of hers. As he did this motion and his hand left hers, she felt an ineffable sensation extend past her own fingertips from somewhere within her. This single touch inspired Heather to take up T'ai Chi as part of her degree at Naropa University.

The experience and depth of knowledge provided by her teachers at Pranava, Naropa, and Rocky Mountain Tai Chi has been irreplaceable and Heather is grateful beyond words for their guidance. She would like to express her gratitude for Charlotte Matsumura, Mike Matsumura, Nataraja Kallio, Sree Devi Bringi, Beth Rosenfeld, and Lee Fife for the invaluable lessons she has learned from each of them and their passions. 

Heather graduated in May of 2014 with a B.A. in Traditional Eastern Arts with a double concentration in Yoga Studies and T'ai Chi Ch'uan. In conjunction with her degree, she received a 1000-hour yoga teacher training certification. Since graduation in 2014, Heather has continued her education with her teachers Beth Rosenfeld and Lee Fife affiliated with Rocky Mountain Tai Chi, and assists them in their classes held at Rocky Mountain Tai Chi in Boulder, CO. Heather teaches in Fort Collins and Boulder at 6 locations. These locations include Om Ananda Yoga, Genesis Health Clubs (Fort Collins Club & North location), Fort Collins Senior Center, and Northside Aztlan Community Center in Fort Collins, CO and Rocky Mountain Tai Chi in Boulder, CO.