As a YOGA Facilitator: I started the practice of yoga in the early 2000's. I didn't know how or why, but it intuitively spoke to me as something that would help me feel better. The mind, body, spirit concepts drew me to it. So many of my experiences had begun to give me a feeling of disconnect, at work, in my community, within myself. It felt pervasive and I started to notice how I was doubting myself, questioning my beliefs, challenging myself to reevaluate my life, but I felt ill equipped to do so. Yoga helped me immensely. I would arrive at my mat tired, stressed, scattered and ungrounded, but leave with a sense of wellbeing. Each time I returned to the mat was a similar, but different experience. The greatest benefits to me have been moving and breathing in synchronicity, slowing down enough to stop the numbing of feelings that comes with being to busy, doing to much. Consistency and a commitment to nurturing self have been a couple of the most fulfilling gifts that have had a profound ripple effect for my life.
My mission is to facilitate classes that inspire students of yoga to connect and align with their inner wisdom and creativity. My vision is to make yoga accessible to all.
What kind of yoga do I teach? I would say it evolves as I evolve. Right now, I am teaching mostly Yin and Slow Flow. My 200-hour teacher training was in The Kaivalya Yoga Method (have completed most of the course work for the 500-hour training) The Kaivalya Yoga Method is based on intelligently sequenced Vinyasa, derived from the Ashtanga Yoga Method. I have certifications to teach Laughter Yoga and Let Your Yoga Dance. I want to delve into trauma informed yoga training next.
My educational background in the wellness arts includes Health Coaching graduate from The Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Reiki Practitioner, EFT, One Command, 18 years of Energy Work study including two long term apprenticeship programs with master energy workers, an Energy Worker certification from Normandale College and 18 years of work study with other highly intuitive energy healers. Intuitive Energy Worker, Health & Life Coaching is empowering work that I am deeply passionate about. More recently I am completing Forest Reiki Certification and studying Human Design.
My Philosophy for Health, Life & Intuitive Energy Coaching
I believe we all have a unique ability to read energy. We do so in a variety of ways, from seeing, hearing to sensing, feeling. After working with reading energy for many years I have realized that I am able to see, hear and sense a variety of energies that enable me to ask questions to assist clients in becoming aware of what, where and how they are experiencing these energies and how they may relate to recurring patterns. Once the energy is seen, it is possible to clear, unblock and free ourselves from these long held patterns and beliefs. Having experienced many profound changes as a result of the energy work coaching and mentoring services that I have received, I am inspired to offer this work as a Health, Life & Intuitive Energy Coach as a way of helping others.
I want to be the light for those who can’t see their own within them. Yoga to me is a soul searching practice. It’s so much more than poses on a mat. Yoga is about balancing the mind, body and spirit and experiencing overall wellbeing. It is a peace of mind and happiness wherever you are in life. I got the passion to teach because I couldn’t get enough of the enlightened state I received after a yoga class and I wanted to be able to give that others. I grew up in New Brighton, a suburb of Minneapolis. I took my first yoga class with my mom at LA fitness when I was 17. I had no idea what I was doing but I enjoyed it so much we made a weekly routine of it. Once I graduated, I went to the Minneapolis Community and Technically College (MCTC) where I took a yoga class as my phy-ed credit. At the time I had no passion to teach, I was just wandering through class to class trying to find something I could make a career out of. My instructor asked if I have ever considered teaching. She saw the potential within me before I ever saw it in myself. It wasn’t until a couple of years later after spending a summer in Portland Oregon that I went back to MCTC for my Yoga Teaching Certificate. She lit a spark that became a fire years later. I love nature and being outdoors. If I ever have the opportunity to teach outdoors I will definitely take it. I love to hike, bike, take my dog out for a long walk around the lake, play disc golf or just enjoy the sun. In the winter I snowboard with my husband and sometimes we go ice skating. I have a traveling spirit and I always want to go somewhere new. I love trying and learning new things. I am also a very creative person. I like to paint, craft, and draw. I’m a problem solver and a go getter. I value respect and honesty and I believe you should always treat people the way you wish to be treated. My classroom is a judge free zone where you will never feel shamed. Everyone is in a different place in their journey and we should celebrate our differences instead of comparing ourselves to each other. Sometimes the mirror is a great tool to use to correct form but it can also be a distraction. Sometimes what we need is to look inside ourselves to find balance. I’m a flexible teacher and can either tone the pace down or jump it up depending on the energy level of the class. Beginners are always welcome and encouraged. My practice is usually includes vinyasa flow sequences which just means linking movements with the breath. The breath is a powerful tool and if channeled to its full potential it can greatly affect your yoga practice. Yoga has many different definitions depending on who you ask but to me, yoga means peace and balance between mind, body, and spirit. It means applying yoga off the mat as well, such as diet, routines, mindset, spirituality, and relationships with others as well as others ourselves.
Heidi Harrabi is a 230 hr. Certified Yoga Teacher, Herbalist and Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor. Her journey began 24 years ago when she found healing through Yoga and Herbal Medicine. Her yoga classes are intuitively led with a foundation in alignment, building strength and flexibility and working toward a goal of Self-Realization and Enlightenment. She strives to make her classes accessible to everyone of any level and to create an atmosphere of comfort, acceptance and healing.