I’m Heather Sage Church, an E-RYT 200 through the National Yoga Alliance, and though I rarely teach in a professional setting anymore, I’m still a yoga educator; all of those years of teaching inform what I do today. Those years, the practice, the philosophy; it’s all in me. It’s part of who I am. It’s a lens in which I’ll forever view life. My personal writing life was born in those years. It was a catalyst to a new way of BEing.
My current daily practice is a blend of writing, yoga (asana, pranayama, living the discipline), journaling, spending time in nature, mindfulness, embodiment (felt-sense practices), blogging, observing and living within the rhythm of the moon and natural cycles of the earth, and anything else that brings me back to center. In terms of teaching, I now do more through writing and coaching than in a yoga studio.
When I was actively teaching yoga at university, I wrote a short nonfiction book, Yoga Prayers, about the history of yoga, with links to essays about the 8 limbs and I’m currently working on a new book of poetry and another about using the moon to manifest the life of your dreams.
I blog, journal and write to make sense of life in the hopes that it resonates with others. I am a life-long learner and I love to educate and inspire.
Most of my articles and posts are about mindfulness, everyday embodiment, living our yoga, and my love of the moon and practical spirituality. You may also find some of my favorite quotes and pieces on personal development/productivity, mostly on Medium. I keep a Commonplace Book because I (a) love paper, (b) love to learn, (c) it keeps me sane and (d) it houses all of the things I think are important in one ‘tidy’ space I carry with me, always. Sometimes I share those on my blog too.
Yoga Educator Bio
An E-RYT (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, 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 other avenues of healing. All overlap and intersect and I feel blessed I had all of those years of teaching and practice immersion.