Hi! I’m Heather Sage Church, a homesteader, small business owner, slow living advocate, writer, maker/creative, 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, pranayama and embodiment educator, because those were all 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 businesses, Legend Ridge and The Studio Sage.
My current daily practice is one of slowing down … a blend of breathwork, writing, embodiment practice, contemplation, movement, stillness, spending time in nature, mindfulness, yoga, reading, learning, observing and living within the rhythm of the moon and natural cycles of the earth, and all other things that keep me in the center of my being on any given day. I am also currently enrolled in a two year program called The Living School through the Center for Action & Contemplation. The Living school is an alive, breathing, embodied, adaptable spiritual enrichment program that thoroughly explores the contemplative, mystical Christian tradition.
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 * Breathwork * 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 deeper breath and 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. When I left OU in 2018, I began offering private sessions from my hOMe studio just outside of Somerset, tailored specifically to the individual. My own practice and the work I primarily offer to students focuses on breath, embodiment, contemplative practice and nature, and merges the wisdom traditions of east and west with modern mysticism, psychology, and moonology. I still work with a small group of committed private clients but have closed new enrollments to focus on research and writing, specifically related to the healing power of breath.
Yoga is a beautiful practice that over the years has become fully integrated into my being, not in the traditional physical sense but in a larger philosophical, yet very embodied way. As the great yogi sage, Patanjali wrote in the Yoga Sutras, “yoga is the cessation of the turnings of thought. When thought ceases, the spirit stands in its true identity as observer to the world.” That, in my experience, is spiritual practice — uniting mind and body to heart, directly experiencing a oneness of all, that knows beyond knowing in the traditional sense. Life is a journey and yoga was a springboard into many avenues of healing. All overlap and intersect and I feel blessed to continually be a student while helping others on their own healing paths.