Where are you from originally? Kingsport, TN
How long have you lived in Chattanooga? 10 years
Tell us about your childhood: I was raised with my younger brother by my Mom in a single parent home. I quickly learned the importance of strength. My Mom raised us both to be fiercely independent and strong. I have fond memories of riding my bike all over town listening to homemade mixed tapes on my red Sony Walkman!
Do you have a nickname? HeathAR or Heath-ER. Got those both in college, enough said!
When were you introduced to yoga? Yoga was a New Year’s resolution a couple years ago. I walked into a class with the most amazing instructor. It was a Yin style class in which the instructor sang songs instead of playing music. Her voice brought tears to my eyes. I was connecting spiritually with the practice. At that moment, I knew for the first time in a long time, I was exactly where I needed to be. From that deep place of awareness, yoga will always be in my life.
How does yoga and the community play a role in your life? Yoga is very much a part of my spiritual practice. It’s how I connect– not just to myself–but others as well. I have met so many like-minded souls within the yoga community. Each teaching me something new. I am so grateful for the yoga community in Chattanooga.
What pose do you love the most and why? Pigeon. I feel as though it’s a space for me to grow, allow, and reflect. The benefits of this deep hip opener can be felt long after leaving the mat.
What is your favorite quote? “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself”- Rumi