Hi, I'm Heather.
My yoga story began about 20 years ago, during a stressful period in my life. I had just moved to New York City to begin an MFA program at The Actors Studio, and was feeling lonely and adrift. I also happened to be dealing with the grief of a personal loss.
Seeing that I was struggling, a friend suggested I try yoga…
My very first class was Bikram yoga. The studio was warm and quiet. The teacher was inspiring and compassionate. And I had an overwhelming sense that I’d found my home.
When I walked out of that class, the world around me literally looked brighter and clearer - as if the clouds had suddenly parted and the sun began to shine. I felt an overwhelming sense of relief - like a heavy weight had been lifted.
I felt such a profound change that I never stopped going.
Four years later, following a desire to deepen my practice and help others feel this great, I moved to Los Angeles to train with Bikram himself. In the years since, I’ve continued to strengthen my teaching skills by studying with yoga masters like Baron Baptist, Vinnie Marino and Rhonda Roehrich, among others.
After learning from some of the best, I knew I wanted to help others spread the transformational power of yoga. When my friend and business partner Julie Gurevich approached me about launching a teacher training program together, I jumped at the opportunity. Hot Yoga Chicks, which I now run with Julie, offers a 200-hour RYT Yoga Alliance certified training in teaching Vinyasa Yoga.
For 20 years, yoga has been my “home” and true calling. As both a student and a teacher, I’ve had a front-row seat to witness the highs and lows of the yoga industry.
The highs? Well, those are pretty clear. Yoga’s ability to calm the mind, to warm and energize the body, to make a person feel centered, healthy and whole... these are the highs that keep us all coming back.
The lows? These are the things I’d like to change...
Some yoga communities have an elitist atmosphere that’s not welcoming to people who are new to yoga. Some make you feel like the odd man out. And some are unknowingly putting bodies into unsafe positions, leading to strain and injury.
I don’t believe in faux-gurus, in being exclusive, in elitism.
I believe in being real.
Even though acting was my first profession, I have no interest in pretending to be something I’m not. My goals as an instructor have always been:
To help people feel amazing…
To ensure that their experience with yoga is welcoming, appropriately challenging, restorative and safe…
To let them know that they belong, no matter their shape, age, race, size or experience.
It all begins with connecting with my students.
I know what it’s like to feel out of your element, judged, unworthy.
Yoga should never make you feel that way.
I’ve created REVEL to be a judgment-free zone. A welcoming community you can’t wait to get back to each day. A place where well-trained and compassionate instructors inspire and challenge you within your personal limits, to keep you safe and injury-free.
We meet you where you show up on your mat.
We laugh. We calm the chatter in our minds. We work hard, center ourselves, find our inner voice, sweat, and have FUN doing it.
No matter how tight, scattered and stressed out you might be feeling when you enter the studio, we want to leave you feeling peaceful and inspired... physically spent, yet reinvigorated.
Our students feel re-connected to both their body and inner voice when they finish a class.
The best part?
That feeling lasts long beyond the class itself.