Heather Ford C-IAYT, RYT-500, Reiki Level I/II, MFA, has been teaching for 10 years. Her extensive training and experience allows her to work safely and therapeutically with a wide range of clients with a variety of personal goals and conditions.
With a collaborative approach, Heather guides individuals towards greater health and wellness through mindful movement and restorative postures designed to strengthen the body, increase flexibility, optimize the immune system and soothe the nervous systems. Yoga cultivates opportunity to reframe one’s relationship to internal and external conditions and to experience the mind and body anew. She designs and leads yoga classes to meets the needs of her students and develop their skills in a way that will serve them long after the actual class experience.
Individuals consistently experience improved wellness from a regular, tailored yoga practice. Heather has worked with individuals presenting conditions that include: pain, PTS, stress, anxiety, depression, arthritis, stroke, cancer, pre and post-op, limited physical mobility, asthma, emphysema, nerve damage, obesity, trigeminal neuralgia (entangled nerves), post polio syndrome and knee replacements.
What is Yoga therapy?
Yoga Therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of yoga (International Association of Yoga Therapy). A Yoga Therapy session begins with a confidential, 30-minute intake; reviewing your health history, lifestyle and goals.
Mindfulness and stress reduction
Applying techniques that involve movement, breath awareness and focusing, leading towards a quieting of the mind and rejuvenation of the body.
Increase strength and flexibility for any body that is new to or has experienced yoga. Experience a mindful sequence of comfortable steady postures that can allow you to access the nuances of the body & mind in order to increase self-awareness and optimize health.
This therapeutic, healing approach is a floor-based practice that uses props and blankets, fully supporting the body in each posture. Postures are usually held 3-5 minutes, either in stillness or incorporating mindful dynamic movements. This practice is deeply nourishing for the mind and the body.
Therapeutic by nature, Gentle Chair Yoga addresses the mind and body from a supported seated position. Sequences can also combine sitting and standing while using the chair as a prop. Ideal for office environments or those with injury or physical limitations.
Working with individuals and communities who might not believe that they have access to the practice of yoga due to physical limitations, health conditions or who are experiencing exclusion. Accessible yoga is about adapting yoga to meet the needs of the individual right where there are, regardless of body shape, size or ability.
Yoga Nidra literally means "Yogic Sleep” and is a state of consciousness where the body appears to be asleep while the mind remains awake and aware. In this conscious state of deeply relaxed awareness the “witness” emerges and we experience the true Self. This state allows us to access our own self-healing process and connect with our higher truth, also know in ancient texts as Sankalpa. Yoga Nidra is a deeply nourishing practice for all.
Because sound vibrations are heard and felt, sound vibrations have physiological effects. Sound vibration can break a stress cycle in a noninvasive and relaxing way. Since stress hormones can depress every aspect of the immune system, sound bathing is a means to support overall health and wellbeing. Regular experiencing of sound vibrations can lower heart rate, blood pressure, relax brain wave patterns, reduce respiratory rates and boost natural opiates. Sound vibrations can be incorporated onto any session.
My aroma therapy blends are made with Veriditas Essential Oils. Veriditas creates high-quality, pharmaceutical grade, organic essential oils, which I blend into an organic jojoba carrier oil. What is an essetial oil?
Plants produce natural oils called “essential oils” that have appealing aromas. These essential oils also have strong anti-microbial properties made by the plant’s immune system to ward off pests, bacteria and viruses. The same oils that protect the plant can also be used to make our bodies healthier -Veriditas.
In practice: A scent has no personal significance until it becomes connected to something that has meaning. Scent molecules have direct access to the brain’s limbic system, which is the centre of our memories and emotions. When scent is coupled with a state of deep relaxation we have paired it to an experience and that pairing creates and stores a link within the limbic system. When we smell that same scent again, we can instantly evoke that state of relaxation. Aromatherapy can be incorporated onto any session.
Design your program
A guided practice designed for individual needs: together, we will tailor a plan that supports your aspirations and the increases strength and flexibility of body and mind.
Centering / warm-up
Asanas / steady comfortable posture
Pranayama / breathing practices
Yoga Nidra / Deep relaxation
SEMI PRIVATE SESSIONS
This is a great way to create community, share costs and learn from each other while deepening your practice | 2-5 students.
Sharing a practice with other creates community and is key to human wellbeing. Often a multi-level class is a way to address the needs and goals of a group or the intentions of a particular program.
Yoga At Work
Through mini individual or longer group sessions or a combination of the two, we can devise a plan that will support your team by customizing a program that develops skills and techniques that will serve everyone. Yoga in the workplace is a great opportunity to reframe our relationship to stress, increase wellness, and boost one's sense of purpose at work. Studies show that the bi-product of incorporating yoga into the workplace often results in increased productivity.
Private Session.......$120/60 minutes
Private 5 Session Package.......$550/60 minutes each
*Initial Yoga Therapy intake session = 90 minutes
Should you need to change or cancel your scheduled appointment, please provide 24 hours or more advance notice and no charge will apply. Cancellations less than 24 hours notice will be charged the full price of the scheduled session.
If I should have to cancel less than 24 hours notice your next appointment is free of charge.
*Yoga is complementary to, not a replacement for, medical care.
*A doctor release form is required by all clients under the care of a physician, undergoing medical treatment or experiencing a chronic condition.