About Heather Church

Heather is an E-RYT 200 currently working toward 500 hour certification with EmbodiYoga, a practice that blends yoga, somatics and body-mind centering. She received her original 200 hour certification in Integrative Yoga in 2007, and since that time she’s trained in Vinyasa, Pranayama, Yoga Anatomy, Prenatal, Yin, Restorative, Somatic Meditation, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Yoga for Athletes and more.

Heather strives to teach thoughtful sequences, challenging students to find their edge while respecting their bodies, and most classes are heart-centered, philosophy and breath-based and introspective in nature.

Since 2009 she has taught yoga, pranayama, ayurveda and yoga philosophy to enrolled students on three Ohio University regional campuses. Heather also teaches Senior classes weekly at the Perry County District Library, bi-weekly classes to cancer patients and survivors at Fairfield Medical Center, and recently opened a small studio in her home on 19 wooded acres just outside of Somerset. Look for outdoor events in the warm months of the year featuring many of the teachers at Grass Roots Studio!

When she’s not teaching yoga or writing (the other half of her career), you’ll find Heather often walking in the woods with her husband and two little dogs, watching her teen daughter play softball, reading, geeking out on further yoga study, or sipping a glass of wine with friends.

Favorite place in Zanesville and why? Grass Roots Studio, of course! Seriously, I’m not from Zanesville so I’m typically only traveling here for work or errands. I am certain that Grass Roots will be my home away from home over the next several years!

Least favorite yoga pose and why? Seated forward folds are probably my least favorite because they frustrate me. I think, ‘I’ve done yoga all these years. Why can’t I get my nose to my knees?’ It just never happens. Forward bends feel like the movie *Groundhog Day* to me.

Favorite quote? I have two. “Smile, breathe and go slowly.” -Thich Nhat Hahn. It’s simple and reminds me to pause often! Also, “We are what we repeatedly do.” -Aristotle. I come back to it anytime I’m feeling uninspired; those words spark me to keep moving forward in life, to put in the work every day to be a better me than I was yesterday.