Heather is a qualified Iyengar Yoga teacher (Level 3 certified) and has been teaching yoga since 1997.
Along with teaching the techniques applied within the Iyengar method of yoga, Heather has recognised that yoga is not just what we do on the yoga mat, rather, yoga permeates our daily lives. What we learn about ourselves on our yoga mat can shape our journey of personal transformation, and the peace that we can achieve through our yoga practice enriches our lives beyond measure. Yoga is a tool for physical vitality but also offers mental, emotional and spiritual well being.
Heather started her yoga journey in 1995 with well known Melbourne yoga teacher Eugenie Knox at “The Dance of Life” yoga studio. She took to it with zeal and has never looked back. With Eugenie's encouragement Heather began teaching yoga classes in 1997 at "The Dance of Life". She continued her teacher training studies with Knicky Knoff in Cairns (1997), and returned to Melbourne to continue teaching under the mentorship of Frank Jesse at the “Clifton Hill Yoga Studio”. In 1998 she gained her first level of Iyengar certification.
In May 2003 Heather co-founded the “Yarraville Yoga Centre” (YYC), a dedicated Iyengar Yoga school in Melbourne’s inner west. This is still one of Australia’s largest and busiest yoga studios.
Along with teaching weekly classes at YYC , Heather began running weekend yoga retreats on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, in 2007 and continued these up until moving to the Sunshine Coast with her husband and young daughter. She established the “Maroochydore Yoga Centre” which has now morphed into “Heather Kitchen Yoga”. Heather now teaches in-person classes from her home studio in Coolum Beach along with creating weekly videos for the extensive Video Library on her website.
Over the years Heather has studied, and continues to study, under many teachers within the Iyengar tradition and has travelled to Pune, India, on a few occassions in order to practice and learn with the Iyengar family. She has also attended the various conventions with Geeta Iyengar and Abhijata Iyengar hosted by Iyengar Yoga Australia.
Heather’s breadth of experience and journey of self discovery within the realm of yoga is something she wishes to share with others. Her primary motivation is to connect with others and share this gift of yoga for mental, emotional and spiritual well being with those who are open and willing.
The use of this certification mark is your assurance of quality in teaching. It is an international symbol of the highest standards of excellence in training and continuing education in the Iyengar method. Only certified Iyengar Yoga teachers are entitled to use the name and certification mark of BKS Iyengar.
Iyengar teachers must undergo a minimum of 5 years study, practice, rigorous training and assessment before receiving teaching qualifications. Teachers must maintain a personal practice as well as ongoing study and professional development. The use of the certification mark by accredited Iyengar Yoga teachers demonstrates the teacher’s authenticity and commitment to the Iyengar system of yoga.