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Heather Obre

My relationship with yoga began nearly 14 years ago, and it is a love affair that I will forever cherish. No matter what else has changed in my life over and beyond the last decade, yoga has been my trusted and constant companion. Every time I unroll my mat and take my first forward fold it is like coming home, and beginning a brand new journey of discovery all at once. Encapsulated within one practice is the symbolism and beauty of an entire life’s cycle, but with ever the potential of carrying the wisdom and experience you accrue into the next life, and the next practice. And so on…

I took my first 200 HR teacher training through what is now the Vancouver School of Yoga in 2009, with a strong focus on Hatha and Vinyasa. I followed up with an 80 HR certification in Hot Yoga from YYoga with the inimitable Kristin Campbell in 2011. In 2012, I added Pilates to my repertoire after finishing my certification in Classical Mat Level 1 with Laura Phelps in Victoria, BC. I then spent the next 3 years teaching Hot, Pilates, Flow and Power in North and West Vancouver, mainly for YYoga. In the summer of 2015 I attended a week-long Power Vinyasa Intensive with the amazing Clara Roberts-Oss and began incorporating the Prana Flow style made famous on the east coast into my classes on the North Shore.

My style and sequencing is challenging and invigorating. With a childhood background in dance, I love to weave postures together with musical accompaniment. My playlists are a large part of the experience, especially in Vinyasa. It is always my goal to leave you feeling better when you leave than when you arrive, but wrung out in the best possible way. It is my believe that in order to tap into the bodies’ full potential and in order to quiet the mind enough to do so we must fuel our inner fire, the tapas, and burn brightly from the inside out. This is how we become the physical and metaphysical manifestation of Namaste: the divine light dwelling within us greeting that of another in communion.

To me, inverting on the hands is the closest thing to flying without leaving the ground. It requires focus, agility, strength, grace and trust. When body and soul align, everything falls into place and you feel calm, weightless and free. In yoga, just as in life however, we must be willing to tumble and fall. We must remember what truly matters and develop our practice from our hearts and our individual truth. With a sense of humor we must intrepidly walk the path set before us. What I love about this practice is how it encourages each of us to build an awareness that evolves over time: months, years, a lifespan. This awareness can teach us not only how to fly on our hands, it can teach us about honesty, integrity and love.

When not on my mat I’d like to be found out in nature hiking a mountain or skiing, but these days being a mama to my baby boy keeps me pretty busy. I look forward to when he is old enough to join my husband and I on the trails and slopes, but in the meantime, motherhood is teaching me more than I ever could have imagined about life and myself. It is the most incredible, the most challenging and humbling experience. Thank goodness I have my practice to keep me grounded and sustain my sanity! I am so thrilled to be joining the team here at North and share my passion for Yoga with this vibrant community.

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