Hi! I’m Heather Sage Church, a writer, maker, homesteader, small business owner, wife, and mom of one amazing adult daughter. Life used to assign me lots of other labels but I’m in the process of rejecting and dismantling each, as I learn to more fully embody my essence instead of society’s view and the ‘shoulds’ that those labels place on me as a human. I prefer to say that I’m simply ‘on the way.’ The one label I will mention is that of a yoga and embodiment educator, because those were both things I did full-time for many years and they inform the person I am today. I am an avid believer and practitioner of body-based spiritual practice and I continue to engage with the yoga/holistic world via my small business, The Studio Sage.
My current daily practice is one of slowing down … a blend of writing (blogging, journaling, poetry), embodiment (felt-sense practices), contemplation, movement, stillness, spending time in nature, mindfulness, yoga (asana, pranayama, living the discipline), sewing, snail-mailing, reading, learning, observing and living within the rhythm of the moon and natural cycles of the earth, and all other things that keeps me in the center of my being on any given day.
Journaling (therapeutic writing) has been my personal process for healing for nearly a quarter of a century. During my mom’s terminal illness and in the aftermath of her passing, journaling was the catalyst that helped me uncover trauma and a disregulated nervous system that I didn’t know existed. It helped me vision what the last half of my life will look like. It gave me the courage to write a poetry book and to put myself out there more on this blog. When I was actively teaching yoga at university, I also wrote a short nonfiction book, Yoga Prayers, about the history of yoga, with links to essays about the 8 limbs.
Yoga/Embodiment Educator Bio: an E-RYT (experienced registered yoga teacher) 200 certified in Integrative Hatha Yoga from Samyoga Institute, I teach from this perspective, as well as incorporating Vinyasa, EmbodiYoga, Yin, and Restorative. Practices are well rounded, challenging students to find their edge while respecting their bodies and most classes are heart-centered, philosophy and breath-based and introspective in nature.
I found yoga in 1998, became certified to teach in 2007, and am accredited by the National Yoga Alliance. I am also a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). I have certification and/or extensive coursework in Vinyasa, Pranayama, Yoga Anatomy, Prenatal, Yin, Restorative, Somatic Meditation, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, the Yoga Sutras, Yoga for Athletes, Storytime Yoga, Thai Yoga Massage, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and am currently immersed in embodiment studies.
As an adjunct professional on three regional Ohio University campuses for over a decade, I taught asana, philosophy, pranayama, ayurveda, embodiment and mindfulness practices every regular semester. Sporadically, I now offer classes for seniors, introducing mindful movement, at the local library, and a few times a year I share yoga, mindfulness and embodiment practices with cancer survivors through the cancer resource center at the local hospital.
Yoga is a beautiful practice and though I don’t teach as often as I used to, it’s fully integrated into my being. Life is a journey and yoga was a springboard into many avenues of healing. All overlap and intersect and I feel blessed I had all of those years of teaching and practice immersion. It’s all yoga, really.