It was during Heather’s first yoga teacher training in 2013 that she gained the clarity, inspiration, and determination to quit her office job and start her own business. And nope, she’s never looked back. Instead, the experience taught this wine-and-cheese lovin’ yogi to recognize when fear is holding her back and to face it—and that includes public speaking! (And also mushrooms.) Attracted to yoga from an early age, Heather describes the practice as having a strong, magnetic force—so get ready to have you mind blown when you join her on your own mat. Pairing her love of yoga with the travel company she runs, Heather brings intention to her teaching by leading active, adventurous yoga retreats in all corners of the world. She believes that life is yoga, and yoga is a lifelong journey of discovery. Check her out—she’s just getting started.
Sweaty yogis rejoice! Leslie has no sense of smell (so stink up her classes all you want, folks.) On a mission to spread hope wherever she can, this yogi defines herself through love, hope, family. And yes, that love includes her athleisure wear indulgence—she’s been known to jump into rivers on a whim, so the quicker they dry the better. At 9-years-old she found herself meditating in Mad Italian restaurant, in Petersburg Virginia. (If this sounds strange, it isn’t—Leslie’s dad has encouraged a life of mindfulness and meditation since she was a child.) A marriage to a disabled veteran exposed this yogi to another side of being—one that brought her own life trauma, and joy, and will deeply inform the classes you take with her.
When you sign up for a class with Marissa, get ready to flow with a passionate, playful Leo whose earthly indulgence is coffee. This outdoor-loving, globetrotting yogi has been practicing since middle school: so you know you’re in experienced hands with her. Marissa comes to Mindfulness Bar via Los Angeles, via Hawaii—with some Icelandic black sand beach yoga thrown somewhere in between. Oh, and if you think she looks familiar—yes, she really IS that extra from One Tree Hill.
From Tehran, Iran to RVA, Rose has dedicated her life to chasing adventure around the world. From taking dozens of skydives to going deep sea diving with sharks, there isn’t much this yogi won’t try. She’ll teach you to have fun on your mat and encourage you to follow your heart—and from the very first moment you meet her, you’ll feel like you’ve found your new best friend. That’s just Rose: she treats everyone like family—but she’s also not afraid to push you out of a plane if you chicken out.
Yedda’s alter ego is Audrey Hepburn—well, to be specific, Audrey Hepburn circa Breakfast at Tiffany’s, only totally Zen, poised in lotus position, with her long cigarette holder in her mouth. Wearing all black. In a tiara. (And secretly still in love with Rob Lowe.) Elegant and enlightened, wildly wacky and wicked, when you sit with this Saja you can expect a fun and quirky energy, a bit of brilliance, plenty of intellectual intercourse, and a lifetime of accrued knowledge to back it all up.