Heather Shaw

heather-shaw-headshotHeather Shaw began practicing yoga in 1998 as a way to balance her life as a dancer in New York City. Her mat quickly became her refuge – a place where she could enjoy movement minus the self-conscious performance aspect. By 2002, she was teaching yoga full time at studios such as OM yoga center, Kula Yoga Project and Exhale Spa. In addition, she has led teacher trainings both in NYC and Portland, as well as served as a teaching assistant to international yoga teacher Shiva Rea. Heather’s classes are rooted deeply in her own daily asana and meditation practices, influenced by the precision of Iyengar Yoga, as well as the powerful steadiness of Ashtanga, and reflect the wisdom of the many teachers who have guided her over the years. All of this translates to “old school vinyasa” – in which clarity of alignment blends with fluidity of breath to create sequences that dance in a rhythmic, instinctual manner. A student of meditation in the Shambhala tradition, Heather continues to study with her first meditation teacher, Ethan Nichtern, and is currently working towards a certificate in Buddhist Philosophy and Contemplative Psychology through the Nalanda Institute (NYC). These days, Heather spends much of her time testing the mettle of her yoga practice as the mother of two children, who remind her daily that wisdom cannot exist without compassion — which often translates as pausing long enough to take a deep breath and pay attention. To learn more, visit: www.tejaseyogapdx.com

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