Yoga means “union.” For many of us, that starts out in a physical way, by finding union with our bodies; releasing tension, building strength, and learning to love the beautiful temple that we’ve been given. Then we learn what happens when we begin to inspire our bodies with our breath, and the mind relaxes along with the body. And then from there, what’s happening on our yoga mat, in meditation, or in asana, becomes nothing more than a metaphor for life; how can we use our breath, along with the challenges and triumphs that we’ve faced on our yoga mat, as tools to navigate through our daily lives; through conflict and difficulty, change and even joy.

I practice yoga because it gives me the tools I need to live the fullest, happiest, most in-the-moment life as possible. I teach yoga because I want to empower as many people as I can to live the fullest, happiest, most in-the-moment-lives as possible. The beginning of this process requires a little help from a teacher, but as the process goes on, for me, my purpose becomes less one of teaching, and more one of empowering others to learn to listen to the wisdom within their own hearts. Being a yoga teacher is kind of like being a mama, and I know a thing or two about that, with my houseful of gorgeous boys!

So join me! Why waste one more day in physical discomfort, disconnected from the living temple of your body? Why waste one more breath filled with stress or anxiety? Why waste one more thought that reinforces negative habits, that limits your potential? Become the one you already are, the one that you are meant to be TODAY! Start with yoga!

Private lessons also available, for individuals or groups. Feel free to contact me at heatherrit@yahoo.com.

PUBLIC CLASSES:

Rochester Athletic Club: Various days/times.Check out www.racmn.com for group fitness/mind body schedule

Crossings at Carnegie: Tuesday nights 6:30-7:30 PM. (Zumbrota, MN)

Petit Music: Wednesday mornings 9:00-10:00 AM. (Eyota, MN)

SACRED BODYWORK

Maybe your body has been through the ringer lately, or you’ve got some kink that needs working out, or something to celebrate. I am also a certified massage therapist. When people ask me “what kind of massage do you do,” I never know how to answer. But when I ask my clients how I should answer this question, two answers prevail: 1. “good ones” and 2. “get one and then you’ll know.” Satisfied customers can’t be wrong! I will mention that I have been a massage therapist for 10 years, that I was trained at the Aveda Institute in Minneapolis, that I have worked on a range of clients from professional athletes to pregnant mamas (yes, I LOVE that beautiful baby belly PLEASE let me rub it!), from children to the elderly, from people using massage as a means to balance chemotherapy during cancer treatments, to treatment for migraines, to various other medical conditions, and just good old self love and care. My massage techniques are intuitive and energetic along with physical; they can be very soft and soothing, or very deep, but still relaxing.

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