Student Spotlight: Heidi Vanderpool

WHY YOGA?
I fell in love with yoga at a time where I was falling in love with holistic medicine. My pathway in life as a Massage Thera­pist and Acupuncturist is complemented deeply by my yoga practice. Yoga is vital to my life in every area. I have found that over the years, when times are rocky or delightful, I can always turn to my mat and create a sacred place to connect with the Divine.

FAVORITE YOGA STYLE?
I currently practice Ashtanga with our wonderful Morning Mysore class. Through the inspiration of my Morning Mysore group and the YOHI community, my yoga practice has blossomed into a deep sustaining well. One of the greatest blessings has been having a community of people on the same path. Not only is it inspiring…it’s fun!

HOW LONG PRACTICING?
I have been practicing yoga for 9 years; since I was pregnant with my son Josi­ah. I was introduced to it through other mamas who said it helped them in their pregnancy. I found a pre-natal yoga DVD and never looked back!

GREATEST YOGA LESSON LEARNED?
As a single parent, I spent many years practicing in my living room or back yard-as my child quietly slept upstairs- with my yoga books and my intuition as my teach­er. During those times I cultivated some­thing special…a time for me to tune in to my body, focus my mind, and free my spirit. As a holistic healer, it has helped me tremendously to deepen my intuition and to understand the energetics of the human body/mind/spirit connection.

MOVING FORWARD.
I came to YOHI in December 2012 plan­ning on just trying the unlimited pass for only one month. I had been experi­encing panic attacks due to tremendous stress in my life and figured that if I did a class or two a day that the panic attacks would subside. And they did! When the month-long pass was done I couldn’t imagine giving up this precious gift so I decided that I’d commit myself to go­ing almost daily for the next six months. Those six months have passed and now I won’t turn back.

BEST THING ABOUT YOHI?
I love that YOHI offers many different types of classes such as iRest, Kundalini, Urban Zen and Hot Flow. I’ve tried them all. There is truly something for everyone.

“Through the inspiration of my Morning Mysore group and the YOHI community, my yoga practice has blossomed into a deep sustaining well.”

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