MYF Workshop: We Dance:
We Dance - Live Music By Heath MacVane This powerful healing practice, Vinyasa Flow, allows us to connect breath with movement. Heidi will lead you through a 90 minute flow while encouraging you to connect with your own rhythm. This thoughtful sequence will incorporate asanas connected to all 7 chakras. Through opening the energetic channels within yourself you will be empowered to find your authentic truth and wisdom that lies within. As we mindfully flow and practice connecting with ourselves we begin to find a greater capacity for compassion within and towards others around us. This practice will allow this state of calm to be more readily available when we need it, helping us to dance a little lighter, and with grace on and off our mats!
Fun Facts About Heidi:
Who inspires you? My students! I continue to be amazed by the powers this healing practice awakens within individuals and communities. Students arrive, they show up on their mats with such dedication to this process of connecting their breath with their movements, they move energy and they heal from within. I have seen and heard stories of strength and resilience beyond measure and feel so privileged to be a part of sharing this transformational work, it is magic!
Top benefits of this practice? As a licensed clinical social worker and yoga teacher I find the benefits of yoga to be profound. I began yoga after spending 4 years as a collegiate Division I rower, and was first drawn to the physical asanas and the strengths building component of this practice. However, I quickly began to feel the internal benefits including decreased anxiety and acceptance for myself, I was "hooked". Through a variety of trainings and research, I now know yoga has the ability to decrease depression and anxiety, and increase sleep, cognition, and attention. In a busy world where we are often encouraged to strive for perfection, this practice allows us to find acceptance for our imperfect selves and find calm when we need it (on and off our mat)! We can create space in our hearts for compassion and kindness towards ourselves and we then can share this with others!
Something my students /clients don't know about me: I have 9 and a half toes! It is true that many students do not know this, or perhaps they do but are unsure why.
I grew up on Cliff Island and while home during the summer months of my undergraduate years at Syracuse University I worked a number of jobs to pay for school. I worked for a construction company, mowed lawns, lobstered, and waitressed. One summer day while mowing a lawn during my lunch break, I had just taken off my steal toed boots, I fell backwards and my foot, (sneaker and all) went in the push lawn mower. I was transported to Portland's Maine Medical Center by lobster boat…then fire boat. I am truly very fortunate the doctors were able to sow my big toe and another back together…and I only lost the top of one toe! Who would have thought at the time that I would become a yoga teacher, and work most of my days in bare feet! The challenging moments that make us stronger!