Amie is a nature enthusiast, adventurer, and life long learner particularly motivated by the intersection of mind/body traditions of the East and modern research sourced in mindfulness and neuroplasticity in the West. A yoga and meditation teacher since 2004, she regards the systems of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness as some of the best technologies available to sustain health in our body, cultivate stability and resilience in our mind, and open pathways to the luminous heart. Amie began practicing yoga in 1999 while traveling with a friend in Mexico. Like so many, her curiosity led to a dedicated practice and soon after the desire to share these timeless, transformative practices. Amie received her first teaching certifications in 2003 and 2004 through the Integral Yoga Institute. In 2007 she began studying with Rod Stryker and received Parayoga Level 1 certification in 2014. Mentorship with Parayoga offered significant training with the subtle practices and profound impacts of pranayama, meditation, mantra, and yoga nidra. These studies led her into the systems of Sri Vidya, tantra, and the lineage of the Himalayan Masters. Amie continues to study with many teachers, including Pandit Rajmani Tigunait and senior teachers from the Himalayan Institute, and emergent teachers such at Tracee Stanley and Stephanie Chee Barea among the dozens she's received from over her 20 years of study. Nature was her first teacher, and continues to be an intimate part of her practice and inspiration. She hosts group classes, various Yoga Studies courses, regional and international retreats, and works privately with individuals.
Also a lifestyle photographer, Amie is a visual storyteller who loves to capture the wonder of the world around her. She recently took part in documenting the release of wolves into Isle Royale National Park and photographed an intimate tour in the south of India. She filmed a TEDx talk last fall entitled “The Radical Sabbatical and the Power of Pressing Pause.” Learn more about Amie at her website www.amieheeter.com.
Classes with Amie:
Air: Thursdays 9:30-10:45am
Air classes are healing and heart-centered. They regularly include time for meditation and inquiry. Like wind, the pace changes, leaving time for postures that help to both strengthen and open. Equal attention is given to standing, sitting, and reclining. Air classes are focused on cultivating balance and ease by working with brahmacharaya (good intention & right effort), to make movement a prayer. This practice is good for all-levels.
"Evolving Our Yoga Studies Course ~ the Moon Tier" 11 week series Sept 22 - Nov 17
and Saturdays 9/24, 10/15 & 11/19
Pre-registration required. Contact Amie at https://amieheeter.com/contact/
Evolving Our Yoga Studies is an in-depth, comprehensive course designed for those who want to expand their practice and understanding of yoga beyond the focus of asana. We explore yoga’s timeless philosophical background and the techniques that invite us to experience those teachings, welcoming its fullest potential in our lives. In this fall course we center the moon practices (the “tha” part of Hatha Yoga), and approach practices that cultivate grounding, stability, strength, stillness, and self reflection. We focus on practices of postures (asana), breathwork (pranayama), meditation, yoga nidra, and self inquiry to support these qualities and provide the foundation for healing. We utilize the teachings of the Yoga Sutras and unpack the wisdom of Patanjali’s revered text, looking specifically at the nature of the mind, the roots of our misperceptions, and the power of meditation to help free us from automatic patterns of thinking and behaving that are not serving us or our growth. We also correlate this to modern findings in the fields of neuroscience and neuroplasticity, and the clinically proven benefits mindfulness and meditation yields. All sessions are recorded in case any classes are missed.