Heather Griswold

How did you begin your yoga practice?

My yoga practice has taken many shapes in the last 15 years. I took my first yoga class at George Washington University as an elective. I continued to do yoga in college while training for half marathons. It was not until later in adulthood that I began to recognize that yoga was much more than another form of exercise. I experienced hot yoga in a studio setting for the first time at Soul Yoga Studio and was hooked. I decided that I wanted yoga to be a regular practice in my life so I took a home practice workshop with Jordan Suber. Since then, I take every opportunity to learn and grow in my practice that I can.

Why do you practice yoga?
My reason for practicing yoga is simple. Yoga helps me live in this world. Not only does it help me live, it allows me to thrive with joy and love. In a world that asks so much of us every day, yoga gives us the space to simply be.

Where did you receive your training? When were you certified?
I completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Soul Yoga Salisbury with Eva Whipple and received my certificate in November 2018. 

Why do you teach yoga?
I teach yoga because it is one way that I feel called to help. As humans, we are natural helpers and teaching yoga fulfills this for me. My goal as a teacher is to help my students let go and to leave their mat feeling better than when they came.

What else do you do with your time? 
I spend a lot of my time gardening, listening to music and NPR and adventuring with my husband Jason and our two dogs, Izzy and Kaya. Our next big adventure is opening our edible and natural landscaping business in the spring of 2019.

What is your favorite yoga pose and why?
My favorite yoga pose is tree pose. It reminds me that if I am rooted in trust for myself, I am strong and unwavering.

How would you describe your classes?
My goal is for students to find balance between effort and ease. I use my expertise in anatomy and kinesiology to help students develop an awareness and love for their bodies. I encourage my students to approach their practice as a moving meditation.

Is there anything else you'd like to tell your students?
If you are new to yoga or if you have been interested in trying it but doubt yourself, I’d love to help! I truly believe that yoga is for every single person. It’s your practice, come find what you’re looking for!