New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Forrest Yoga Email:
(203) 927-7604About Heidi:
Heidi Sormaz, Ph.D. is the founder, owner and director of Fresh Yoga in New Haven, CT. She has studied Yoga for 18 years and taught for 11. For many years Heidi\'s focus was academic, studying the interrupting of habitual thinking with specific attention and meditation techniques. She brings these principles to her classroom, encouraging students to work with their minds as specifically as they work with their bodies creating a fully embodied experience. Working this way, as emphasized in Forrest Yoga, allows you to understand the emotional walls you have created from your life experience and break the habits that keep you stuck in your body and life. This way of working helped her move through her own challenges of dealing with severe social anxiety and recovering from an eating disorder.
Certified Forrest Yoga Teacher and Mentor, Heidi has worked with Ana Forrest as the lead assistant in her national workshops and foundation teacher training courses and has taught the Forrest Yoga 200-hr Foundation Teacher Training and Forrest Yoga Continuing Education. She is a senior student of Master Steven Bennett, in the martial art Taijiquan and the internal art Qigong and has taught Taijiquan and Qigong at Yale University. As a teacher trainer, Heidi is known for her kind, clear communication and ability to help students constructively view the ways in which they are effective in front of a classroom or not. In addition, she helps them understand the connection between what they do with their bodies and patterns of speech in front of a room and how they live their lives.
Heidi received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Psychology from Yale University. She is an expert on the influence of arousal and attention on performance. She has been an educator, speaker, and corporate trainer with over 15 years experience in designing and leading seminars on stress management, meditation, and educator training. HDR Press published her book Performing Under Pressure, and Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine published her article \"Meditation can Reduce Habitual Responding.\"
Heidi has taught workshops nationally, taught at Esalan, and in 2008, Yoga Journal selected Heidi as one of their \"Next Generation of Yoga Teachers\".
To learn more about Heidi, visit www.freshyoga.com