Heather became a Certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Practitioner in 2003, where she now mentors practitioners-in-training. She earned a Masters in Thanatology (Death, Dying & Bereavement) from Hood College in 2010. Her focus is on helping the bereaved stay healthy and increase immune functioning through mindfulness based practices, relaxation and expressive arts.
Her article “Living in the Body: Using Awareness of Physical Sensation to Cope With Loss” was published in the October 2009 issue of The Forum, the monthly publication of the Association of Death Education and Counselors (ADEC), and her observations of an 8-week Mindful Grief Support Group was presented at the 2009 ADEC Conference.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation invited Heather to present two workshops at their 2010 Survivors Conference, which inspired her to develop the “Relax and Renew Toolkit: Practicing Peace in the Midst of Loss,” and “Mindful Grief: Yoga & Meditation to Heal Your Body-Mind.”
Heather is a member of the Association of Death Educators and Counselors (ADEC) and the International Association of Yoga Therapist (IAYT) and the National Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi.