Heather Palmer W.

 

About Heather

In yoga, I found my love. I wouldn’t call myself an artist, but every posture embodies a self-portrait. Yoga has become a way to listen and hear my Self. The year I started teaching I wanted so badly to share my love for movement. In teaching I learned that I have difficulty articulating what I’ve internalized over a decade-long practice. Teaching forced me to notice my hybrid approach to yoga: an emergent practice of Ashtanga, Bikram, Vinyasa, Dharma Yoga. With this knowledge I was forced to concentrate on what it is I want to teach.

In the light of the social media era, I’ve become very aware of the agency I have in “creating” my identity/image on IG. I keep asking myself, “Who do I want to be?” and against that question, “Who do I want people to see me as?” What responsibility do I have–as a person, as a teacher, as a member of a social community--to be true, kind, and transparent? From this deep internal study, I’ve realized a personal mantra: “I hear you. I see you. I care.”

Here is what I know. I am not a perfect teacher. I am not even a great teacher. I mismatch my words. I call one posture another’s name. I lose the flow of the class. I push too hard; I don’t push enough. I still have a lot to learn.

But here is something I promise all my students: I care. I deeply care. I care what the practice creates in your body. I care who it makes us become as people. I care how yoga effects your daily life. I care about how we speak, interact, and engage each other. I care about what I say and how I say it–in the classroom, in the world, and in my own head. And I care about you.

A tradition of my faith is that holy peoples go into the wilderness to meet their demons face to face, and ultimately, to find God even in the quietest, desolate, most desperate of places. With this meeting, the new person returns to their own people, ready to tell her story and listen to the stories of others, with hope that this is the same story–the story of the other meeting the Other.

I am that person. I come from the desert, as wild as my God.

 


Workshops

Hip Massage Workshop

SUNDAY – MARCH 12, 2PM–4PM  

PAVANA YOGA • HOBOKEN, NJ

SATURDAY – JULY 29, 1PM–3PM  

BLUEBIRD SKY YOGA • WASHINGTON, DC

This Hip Opening Workshop will engage, release, relax, and indulge the hips. In daily life, we move forward and backward: walking, running, standing, all the motion is linear. In two hours, we will heat the hips in circular, diagonal, and lateral motions, "hold" postures, locate the small and large muscles around the sacrum, flow, and of course, relax. Think of the entire workshop as a massage for your chakras: root, sacral, and solar. Open to all!

Pavana Yoga: 251 1st St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Bluebird Sky Yoga: 3101 12th St. NE, Washington, DC 20017


Back-bending for Beginners Workshop

SATURDAY – APRIL 1, 2PM–4PM  

PAVANA YOGA • HOBOKEN, NJ

SUNDAY – JULY 30, 1PM–3PM  

BLUEBIRD SKY YOGA • WASHINGTON, DC

Back-bending for Beginners introduces new yogis and old yogis to back-bending in a two-hour, comprehensive, alignment-based workshop. In this class, Heather will flow through a series of effortless heart openers, preparing and expanding the spine for even greater opening. The focus of the class is correct alignment and full spinal extension. We truly reach every vertebrae, listening to every part of the spine. This workshop includes wall work, mat work, and bravery! If you are new to back-bending, this is for you. If you are an old pro, you will certainly deepen your knowledge and arch of a back bending practice. Come as you are!

Pavana Yoga: 251 1st St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Bluebird Sky Yoga: 3101 12th St. NE, Washington, DC 20017


Classes

Warm Flow

WEDNESDAYS, 5:30PM

The brain child of vinyasa and yin. Slow, but intense. Constant movement, laser-beam attention to detail. I’ve designed this class to explore every nook and space in the body, fill it with breath, and release control. What does it mean to burn with sight? See yourself moving, feel yourself burn.

Pavana Yoga: 251 1st St, Hoboken, NJ 07030.

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Soul Flow

MONDAYS, 8PM

Nowhere to go, nothing to do. In yin, the body eats, chews and ingests the message of no-thing-ness. This class is designed to enter the stickiest parts of the tissue, muscle, and skeletal frame. We heat muscles through repeated, isometric movement, followed by a serial progression of long holds. The room and the body hold communal silence. Yin balances the energies of action and no action–to move without movement.

Pavana Yoga: 251 1st St, Hoboken, NJ 07030.

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Contact

Contact Heather at for private classes, studio bookings, retreat bookings, and photoshoot inquiries.

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