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Living Green episode 47: Guiding Ceremony, & Sweat Lodges: Yoga Teacher, Heather Tiddens

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Heather teaches yoga and leads ceremony as ways to support and empower people in embodying their most authentic selves. Her teaching is grounded in her training and studies integrating Yin and Yang (active Hatha) styles of Yoga, hands-on healing modalities, mindfulness practices and Indigenous ceremony ways. Heather’s life-long athletic experience, deep connection with the elements of nature, and exploration of indigenous culture and ceremony ways greatly influence her work. Since 1979, she has been an avid and skilled surfer, competing as one of the top 15 women on the Professional World Tour in 1988-89. In 1988, she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Her studies culminated in a focus on the impact of land development and the California Environmental Quality Act and related legislation on Chumash sacred sites and cultural heritage.

Practicing Hatha Yoga since 1995, she has completed Teacher Training courses with Erich Schiffman, in Iyengar style with Lisa Walford, in Forrest Yoga with Ana Forrest, and Yin Yoga with Sarah Powers. From 1998 - 2004, Heather completed a personal teaching apprenticeship with Ana Forrest and trained teachers as a faculty member in the Forrest Yoga Teacher Training Courses. Since 2004, Heather has focused her practice and training on Yin Yoga and meditation practices; exploring the balance of Yin and Yang (active Hatha yoga) styles of asana. She is a Yoga Alliance ERYT-500 registered yoga teacher.

Heather lives in Carpinteria, CA with her husband Art, and teaches locally at the Santa Barbara Yoga Center, Yoga Soup and at Satya House, her private studio. She teaches ongoing beginning, intermediate and advanced level classes and workshops. In addition, she offers Introduction to Yoga programs, Yoga for Diabetes (in Spanish & English), Yin Yoga and Meditation, Teacher Training Modules, and travels nationally teaching courses, workshops and retreats.

Heather brings a clear, steady and compassionate presence to the classroom. Her classes are known for weaving challenging physical intensity with the development of mindful self awareness, and for her practical, focused, and sensitive individualized instruction. Her skillfulness in adjusting and modifying poses empowers students to work safely and in a healing way with injuries and health conditions. She is passionately committed to turning people on to embodying spirit in their yoga practice and in their lives.

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