recipient_heather_viniar_hsUpon recommendation from her kickboxing instructor, Heather took her first yoga class in 2006. She was an avid swimmer, runner, kick boxer, and gym-goer, and was referred to yoga as a means to find stillness. Heather quickly fell in love with her yoga practice. It brought her something she had never experienced before: sthira sukha, the balance of effort and ease. At a time where she was struggling with panic and body dysmorphia, yoga brought her the solace that nothing else was successful in bringing.

Heather explored different styles of yoga for 10 years, and a light clicked in her upon discovering Baptiste Yoga. She was so drawn to it that she knew she wanted to devote her life to yoga and living a healthy lifestyle. She finally enrolled in the 200-hour Teacher Empowerment Program at Big Power Yoga in April 2016, after already attending Baptiste Art of Assisting and Baptiste Level One training. She graduated as a 200-hour RYT through the Yoga Alliance in July 2016, and moved back to Florida to embark on her goal. She is beyond grateful for NamaStacy Corporation for providing her the opportunity to participate in Yoga Aura’s 300-hour teacher training, and become a 500-hour RYT.

Heather knows the confidence and empowerment that yoga has brought her, and she is committed to sharing that with other individuals who struggle with her past experiences. She wants to bring yoga into Eating Disorder treatment centers and Women’s Shelters, and is already working towards doing so with her business, YogaHeavin.  Heather’s goal is to leave others knowing that they are perfect, whole, and complete, exactly as they are. Paying it forward, one yogi at a time.