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“Heather sees who you are and who you could be before you do. Through movement and words she guides you along the path you know you were meant to travel. Every lesson is a new journey! At a climbing camp, Heather shared some yoga with my then 6-year-old. Still, a year later, if he is angry, sad or frustrated and wants to feel calm, he will sit cross-legged or stand in ‘tree’, and breathe. ‘Let’s do some Yoga, Mummy!’ What a gift!" ~ Suzanne S
Heather, the Yogini
Heather has a passion for sharing her understanding of the body, mind and spirit with the world. She blends together her curiosity to continually gain deeper understanding, her love for reaching new heights, and her skill as a teacher to offer the teachings of ParaYoga and climbing movement in an accessible way.
“Meet people where they are, then take them for a ride” is on of her favourite quotes from Rod, and the mantra behind Heather’s approach to teaching. Whether it is as a climbing coach, a Yoga teacher, a coach, Heather gives people what they think they need and coaxes them into seeing just how far they are capable of going.
Heather, the Climber
In the fall of 1994, Heather packed a car, with her tent and climbing gear and began a climbing trip in New Hampshire, through Virginia, eventually making it to Boulder, Colorado where she collected the data for her thesis study what made someone a good sport climber. With winter upon her, she proceeded west to Vancouver to write her thesis, complete her course work and of course, work in a climbing gym where she would learn the value of technique to overcome her own injury. In 1995 with her thesis published, she wasn't done with the question.
Heather continued to live in a car, travelling and working with climbers, publishing articles and eventually writing a book, Climbing Your Best, designed to help climbers learn how to improve their performance. Her interest moved from understanding movement to understanding the mental and emotional approaches that supported success. And of course understanding what does not support success.
After four years, the van became too small and too uncomfortable for Heather, her partner and their 2 dogs and in 2000, she returned to Nova Scotia to build a home and family. Heather continued to work with climbers through the management of a climbing facility, and with organizations like the Climbing Wall Association helping climbing wall business become their best. With her son turning 5 and starting school, climbing with him became very risky. Heather turned to Yoga to help her get out of her mind and into her body.
Yoga is climbing in Heather's view. The two are very linked in a variety of ways and being tenacious and curious, Heather had to know more. Through 2007 to the present, Heather has embraced the study and instruction of yoga. Despite being a full time single parent with a full-time job, Heather has completed over 1000 hours of study and taught over 2000 hours including yoga teacher trainings.
It's simple... Heather loves to see people believe in and pursue being their best. Whether that is climbing, practicing Yoga, or just navigating life, Heather wants those she meets to see how absolutely amazing they can be, and then support them in getting there.
"Be who you were created to be and you will set the world on fire." ~ St. Catherine of Sienna
"Super knowledgeable, inspiring, and motivating! She pushes climbers to really think about movement, and to believe in themselves."
~ Michelle LeBlanc