Heather 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, blending clarity of alignment with fluidity of breath and reflecting the wisdom of the many yogis who have guided her over the years. A student of Buddhist meditation in the Shambhala lineage, Heather continues to study with her longtime friend and (very first) meditation instructor, Shastri Ethan Nichtern, and is currently working towards a certificate in Contemplative Psychology and Buddhist Philosophy through the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science (NYC) under the guidance of her mentor, Dr. Miles Neale. 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
What is your superpower/What do you want it to be?
How do you express gratitude?
With a deep bow, open heart and willingness to share every drop of wisdom that has touched my own life.
Why do you share yoga?
Because it changed my life in such a powerful, profound way that I cannot keep it to myself.
When was the last time you laughed out loud?
What always makes you smile?
Remembering my teachers. And my pet rabbit, Pendarvis. Sometimes together (for real).
What does flow mean to you?
“If you want to understand the nature of water, you must look at the waves.” (Chinese Proverb) I believe we don’t just experience flow. We are the flow.
What can our TGY friends expect from your class?
My classes integrate body, breath and mind in a steady, intentional, yet accessible flow. You can expect precision balanced with playfulness — energetic alchemy via intuitive sequencing, sustained curiosity and a potent dose of dharma/meditation — all in the service of restoring our natural state of balanced, relaxed awareness.